Archive for March 2009

Researchers help save rare venomous mammal from extinction

Scientists from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry are working with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust to study the solenodon, an endangered large shrew-like mammal that kills its prey with a venomous bite.

Environmental Design student wins competition

Peter Armitage, a part-time student on the MSc Architectural Engineering: Environmental Design programme was the team leader of 'Planet AECOM', the overall winner of a competition on the theme 'Cooling the Planet' which was organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Seven students set off for China

Seven Bath students have been selected to take part in the Study China Programme Easter 2009, high numbers in proportion to our student population and putting us in the top 10 among contributing universities. Our students left for Beijing or Shanghai this weekend.

Gun shots? Don't panic, it's only a rehearsal!

Don't worry if you hear the sound of very realistic gunshots in the Arts Barn on Monday 30 March; Backstage student society are holding a training session where theatrical prop weapons will be fired.

MISP students get to the heart of international social policy debates

Students from the MSc in International Social Policy (MISP) travelled to Luxemburg recently for the MISP annual vacation school. They attended high profile seminars from leading academic experts and key advisers to the EU Commission as well as to international organisations.

Bath postgrad wins first prize at high profile conference for young researchers

Andrew Thomson, a PhD student in the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, has won joint first prize for his presentation at the IStructE Young Researcher's Conference.

Seasonal Blackwell bookshop closes today

The seasonal Blackwell bookshop at 3West 2.8A will close today (Friday 27 March). Blackwell hope to return to campus at the beginning of Semester 1 in September 2009.

Bath students shine in British Council's International Student Awards

Two Bath international students - Natalia Kucirkova (Psychology) from Slovakia and Yoma Okwa's (Electrical Engineering) from Nigeria - have been named runners-up in the regional finals of the UK’s biggest international student competition.

Howard Thomas’ retirement party

Howard's friends and colleagues from across the University are invited to wish him well over a glass of wine and nibbles in the Senior Common Room from 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday 27 March 2009.

Wessex Connect to run new bus service

Wessex Connect have bid for the contract to run the 20A/C service as of 10 May when First Bus will be withdrawing their 20A/C services. Although there are still final details to be resolved, Wessex Connect is currently the Council’s preferred bidder for the tender. Proposals have also been drawn up by Wessex Connect to provide a service from the University campus through to the Lower Oldfield Park loop (to be called the U18) from 06:55 until 20:30, Monday to Friday. This service will run approximately once every 10 minutes and will be supplemented by a slightly less frequent weekend service (similar to First).

Security Office in Wessex House now closed - all queries to Library desk

The University Reception and front of house security functions are situated in the Library Foyer [level 2]; the Security Office in Wessex House [level 2] is now permanently closed.

Top pentathletes prepare for Bath International challenge

Some of the world’s top modern pentathletes – including 10 who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games - will be in action in the STV next Thursday and Friday for the Bath International competition.

Mechanical Engineering students take the Gadget Show challenge

Mechanical Engineering postgraduate students Edward Sells and Paul Riggs will be appearing on the Gadget Show on Saturday 28 March at 10.40am on Channel 5.

University sets out Masterplan for the future

A designated University Park at the heart of the Claverton Campus and new Students' Union facilities are just two of the ambitious projects included in the University's new Masterplan, which sets out the University's vision for the development of its Claverton Campus from now until 2020.

Team Bath FC return to winning ways

TeamBath FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Thurrock in Blue Square South on Tuesday.

Funeral details for Joshua Carter

Joshua's funeral will take place at Chelmsford Crematorium (South Chapel) Writtle Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3BL on Tuesday 31 March at 1.15pm.

Local school pupils question the taste of shapes

Pupils from Bath and Wiltshire will question the taste of shapes and the feel of colours in a day-long workshop about the human brain, at the University of Bath (Friday 27 March). Neuroscience Day is run by the University's Department of Biology & Biochemistry for Year 10 pupils who are 'gifted and talented' in science.

Amity mentor scheme expanded for semester two exchange students

The Amity Mentor programme connects new international students with British students when they first arrive at Bath. It aims to promote integration and friendship, helping new students to settle in and find out more about living and studying in Bath and the UK. This year the International Office was be able to offer this programme to the new second semester exchange students - thanks to the mentors for taking part!

House of Lords Reception for Bath alumni

Over 260 alumni and guests attended a reception in the prestigious surroundings of the House of Lords recently. The venue made the perfect setting for alumni to meet up with old friends and make new Bath acquaintances.

Bath scientists share a top prize for cancer drug research

Scientists from Pharmacy & Pharmacology have been awarded the prestigious Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize & Medal for 2009. The award, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is for developing a potentially new type of drug that treats cancer. The prize is named after Malcolm Campbell, who was the first Professor of Organic Chemistry at Bath.