Archive for December 2009

OBE for Professor Ian Jamieson in New Year Honours

The University of Bath is delighted that Professor Ian Jamieson, who retired this month as its Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours for services to local and national higher education.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year from Corporate Communications

The University's internal news service is now closed for the Christmas break. Normal operations resume on Monday 4 January 2010.

Bath wins £678k EPSRC grant to develop more efficient fluid power

A major grant worth £678,000 has been awarded to Dr Nigel Johnston, Professor Andrew Plummer and Dr Andrew Hillis of the Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The grant is entitled ‘Efficient Fluid Power Control’ and has been awarded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.

Christmas message from the Vice-Chancellor

With Christmas nearly upon us and the end of 2009 fast approaching, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all your efforts this year.

Scientists take satellite technology skills to Africa

Peter Long and Tamás Székely (Biology & Biochemistry) have set up a specialist research lab in Madagascar to train local students in using the latest satellite technology to monitor and conserve the environment.

Volunteers get free gym membership to kick start a healthier lifestyle

Researchers from the Sport & Exercise Science Research Group based in the School for Health are looking for 20 volunteers to take part in a three-week trial that will measure the benefits of exercise on reducing the risk of heart disease.

Academic helps art go down a storm

Dr Martin Fullekrug (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has helped an artist create an exciting new artwork that flickers in response to lightning flashes as they happen around the globe. The project by artist Katie Paterson, called Streetlight Storm, will transform Deal Pier in Kent into a monitoring system for global lightning activity.

Commonwealth gold medal winner appointed as new Director of Sport

Former badminton professional and Commonwealth gold medal winner, Stephen Baddeley, has been appointed as the new Director of Sport at the University of Bath. 

Second Knowledge Transfer Project starts

Dr Fetah Benabid, in the Department of Physics has received funding from the University's Knowledge Transfer Account to assist the commercial development of spin-out company, GLOphotonics.

Bath students perform drama about State Police in East Germany

Five students of German from the Department of European Studies & Modern Languages recently participated in a drama workshop at St Andrews, Scotland to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The students worked on two plays and gave a public performance in German at the event “20 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall – Encounters” on 30 November.

Do you know someone worthy of an Honorary Degree?

The University is accepting new nominations for consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee from any member of the University or person associated with it. 

Bath scientists get their kicks

Two members of the University have recently been promoted to Black Belt grades in the Korean martial art of Tae Kwon-Do. Becky Hayward, a Physics PhD student, was awarded a first degree Black Belt, whilst Dr Matthew Lloyd (Pharmacy & Pharmacology) was promoted to fourth degree Black Belt.

University of Bath to provide new Clinical Psychology programme

The University of Bath's Department of Psychology, in association with its School for Health, has been selected to run a new Doctorate programme in Clinical Psychology for the Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire region.

Playing football in Europe? The nationality of the ref matters

Home teams playing in the Champions League and Europa League will be hoping they don't get a Greek referee, after research from the University of Bath shows referees from Greece award more yellow cards to the home team than referees from any other country.

Death of Joyce Friend - Funeral details

A funeral service will take place at Haycombe Crematorium on Monday 21 December at 3pm, however as space is limited, only family and very close friends are invited to attend. All Joyce's University friends are invited to a reception from 4pm in the Claverton Rooms following the service.

Christmas 2009 opening times

A list of Christmas opening times for facilities across the University.

86-year-old education expert to get PhD

An 86-year-old man who has dedicated his life to working in education is to become the oldest person from the University of Bath to receive a degree.

Alan Radford will receive a PhD for his thesis 'The Abolition of the Inner London Education Authority' during the University's winter graduations at the Assembly Rooms in Bath on Wednesday (16 December).

New technique detects proteins that cause aging

A team of scientists led by Dr Jean van den Elsen (Biology & Biochemistry) and Dr Tony James (Chemistry) have developed a new technique that could be used to diagnose and develop treatments for age-related conditions like Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and cancer.

Death of Professor David Gooding - Funeral details

A funeral service will take place at St Swithin's Church, The Paragon, Bath, on Tuesday 22 December at 2.30pm.

Academic gives evidence to House of Commons Select Committee

Professor Geof Wood, Centre for Development Studies in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, gave evidence on Tuesday 1st December to the House of Commons Select Committee for International Development on DFID's Programme in Bangladesh.