Archive for November 2009

Report of University Council Meeting - 26 November 2009

A number of items were discussed at the recent meeting of University Council including the new Corporate Plan and the Single Equality Scheme.

Pay negotiations for 2009-10: Update

The trade unions have undertaken to consult with their respective members on the ACAS ‘Digest on job security: a reference document for Higher Education institutions with input from UCEA and the HE trade unions’ which has been produced. The University of Bath, like most other higher education institutions, is awaiting the outcome of these consultations and not implementing the 0.5% offer at this stage. Once agreed, any pay increase will be backdated to 1 August 2009.

Uni spin-out company NanoGaN is acquired

NanoGaN, a spin-out company from the University of Bath, has been acquired by semiconductor wafer manufacturer IQE plc.

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Engineers get the measure of the larger things in life

The University has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that allows engineers to measure very large objects, such as aeroplane wings, to within a fraction of a millimetre. The facility, named the Laboratory for Integrated Metrology Applications (LIMA), has several partners including the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), metrology company Renishaw and other metrology vendors, five other Universities and a wide range of advanced engineering and aerospace companies including, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Vestas.

Students: Get yourself SORTED with free training workshops

Students can still sign up for SORTED workshops by visiting the SU website. SORTED offers around 200 sessions each academic year; these aims to improve key transferable skills, complement academic qualifications and improve employability.

Institution of Civil Engineers focus on new bridge strengthening approach

Researchers in the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) have developed an altogether new approach to strengthening structurally-deficient concrete bridges.

Invitation to lively debate on controversies of Italian politics

Local people are invited to join a lively debate on the heated issue of political reform in Italy, at the University of Bath on Friday 4 December.

Implementing proposals for re-organisation

Council and Senate approved a number of proposals for re-organisation in the summer. The implications of these proposals are currently being worked through. Part of this process is a review of the current division of responsibilities being undertaken between central professional services, faculties and schools and departments.

UKOLN report helps to launch new JISC research campaign

Research organisation UKOLN, which is based at the University of Bath, has written the 'Open Science' report which forms a cornerstone of a new campaign launched by JISC which debates how digital technologies are changing not only what research we do, but how it can be carried out.

New website: promoting our research

Web Services have now launched a research website as part of the new external website project. The site is the first top level section to be launched and will be followed by a new study area in December.

Free Australia travel talk at STA Travel shop

STA Travel will be hosting their annual Australia Travel Talk tonight (Thursday 26 November 2009) at 7:30pm at the STA Travel branch on campus.

ESML Senior Lecturer receives grant from Riksbanken Jubileumsfond

The Swedish Riksbanken Jubileumsfond has recently awarded Dr Alexander Kelle a planning grant of SEK 425,000 (approx £36,000) for a project entitled 'Europe and the global challenge of biological controls'. Dr Kelle will hold two international expert workshops as part of the project, one in Bath in January 2010 and one in Geneva in March 2010.

Latest news & offers from Abbey Santander (pdf)

A PDF newsletter from Abbey Santander talking about the many collaborations between the bank and the University. It also contains some special banking offers for staff.

Krispy Kreme team wins Student Enterprise shop competition

The money has been counted and the winner announced from last week’s student enterprise shop competition. First place went to Team SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) and their Krispy Kreme doughnut idea which made £440 profit, making them worthy winners.

Students put on a show Strictly for Charity

Strictly for Charity, a variety show of song and dance organised by the Bath branch of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) group, will be held at the Arts Lecture Theatre at 7.30pm on Saturday(28 November).

Public Lecture: Have economists gone mad?

The author of three best-selling books on economics will speak on what mainstream economists have to say about the turmoil of world economy at a public lecture on Wednesday 2 December at the University of Bath.

Influential Chinese academic awarded fellowship at Bath

Chinese academic Professor Xifan Wang has been awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Distinguished Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering. He will work in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering alongside Dr Furong Li (Reader in Power System Economics) in developing a new philosophy for the transmission of distant offshore wind power and new commercial models for power infrastructure networks (such as the National Grid). Together they will explore how to substantially reduce the cost in long-distance power transmission and adapt Dr Li’s pricing scheme, which is now established for the UK market, to a fast growing economy such as China’s.

Complete survey on QR Codes to win iPod Touch or Nintendo DS

The following survey is being carried out by a number of educational institutions across the UK to act as a snap shot to identify student awareness of QR Codes, what experience people have of using them and the type of technology they have in their December 2009.

A colourful tour of autumnal trees on campus

There are a series of photographs available online showing some of the trees and shrubs around the campus in full autumnal colour.