Archive for April 2009

Hemp could be key to zero-carbon houses

Researchers from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering are investigating using hemp to build carbon-neutral homes. Using this renewable building material would not only help combat climate change but could also boost the rural economy.

GASP choir win big at local music festival

GASP (Gospel Acapella Soul & Pop choir), part of the University's student-run Choral & Orchestral Society Ch&OS, sang fantastically at the Mid Somerset Music Festival in the Guildhall, Bath, to win the Gospel Choir Class.

Student raises funds for Burmese refugees in Northern Thailand

Psychology student Steve Gomersall has recently undertaken several fundraising activities in support of the MOEI programme in Northern Thailand and to raise awareness of the situation faced by child refugees. A sponsored head shave was followed by a sponsored 210-mile bike ride through the Brecon Beacons, Black Mountains and Snowdownia in Wales.

Sports scholarships for international athletes

These scholarships are funded by Abbey National / Grupo Santander and aim to assist athletes of outstanding potential who wish to further their studies. Applicants must have first attended, for at least one year, a university within the Santander Universities Network in one of the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay or Venezuela and be prepared to participate in the TeamBath high performance programme relevant to his/her sport.

Buccs women receive promotion boost

The campaign by Team Bath Buccaneers women’s firsts to win promotion to England Hockey League Conference West for the first time in their history has received a boost. The West Women’s League have reversed a decision about about game that Clifton won in February due to two of Clifton's players being ineligible for selection.

Team Bath raring to go for Superleague grand final

Team Bath’s netballers are raring to ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) Co-operative Superleague grand final against last year’s champions Mavericks in a 7.30pm start at the Skydome Arena in Coventry. Team Bath go into the game with a 100 per cent record having won all 17 of their games this season.

Introduction to the media event for plant scientists

The Science Media Centre will be holding a free 'Introduction to the Media' event for plant scientists event on Monday 11 May in London from 1pm to 5pm with drinks afterwards.

Green gamers win business competition for schools

A team of pupils from Hardenhuish School in Chippenham are celebrating their victory in a Dragons’ Den style enterprise competition at the University of Bath.

Bath awarded £3.4 million to help business benefit from its research

The University of Bath has been awarded £3.4 million to help take research into business. The University is one of just 12 in the country to be chosen to receive a Knowledge Transfer grant.

Alumnus donates three scholarships to his old department

Stephen Vakil, who graduated in 1983, has donated three scholarships to the Department of Economics & International Development. The Stephen Vakil Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis to exceptional students who demonstrate academic excellence while also facing financial need.

Economics alumnus leaves legacy to University

Jeff Trendall, who graduated with an Economics & Administration degree in 1970, has left the University a legacy of £25,000 "to assist undergraduates of the future".

Proposals from professional & support services to reduce expenditure

The University is now entering a period of consultation on plans to reduce expenditure on our professional and support services by £2.5 million in 2009-10.

Increasing access to social & catered space for staff & students

We have been exploring options for better utilisation of the Claverton Rooms, the SCR (Senior Common Room) and the space currently managed by UBSA (University of Bath Staff Association). A number of changes affecting the management and utilisation of these spaces have now been approved to take effect from 1 July 2009.

Come dancing for a world record attempt!

Staff and students are invited to waltz their way into the record books, in a world record attempt for a five minute mass dance of the waltz.

Ramsay’s no-nonsense style inspires young men in the kitchen

Gordon Ramsay inspires young men to cook more than any other male celebrity chef, researchers at the University of Bath have found.

Autism linked with stress hormone levels

Some of the symptoms of the autistic condition Asperger Syndrome, such as a need for routine and resistance to change, could be linked to levels of the stress hormone cortisol, suggests new research led by Dr Mark Brosnan and Dr Julie Turner-Cobb (Department of Psychology).

Bath: changing lives around the world

The fundamental impact on lives around the world of the research being carried out at the Universities of Bath, Bristol and UWE, and businesses across the West of England, has been highlighted in a new film.

Lunchtime lecture: the wonders of Westonbirt

A lunchtime lecture will share the wonders of Westonbirt on Friday 3 April. Rosemary Westgate, a volunteer guide at Westonbirt, will discuss the creation of the arboretum by Robert and George Holford, plus seasonal highlights that visitors can expect to enjoy on a guided tour. The lecture runs from 12.15pm to 1.15pm in Carpenter House, Broad Quay in Bath. It includes a sandwich lunch and costs £6.50. To book a ticket please call 01225 386587.