Archive for March 2010

Local school pupils discover the link between science and art

Over 650 school children explored the link between science and art at a two-day, hands-on science fair that opened at the University of Bath on Friday 12 March.

Disability advice: Do you need alternative arrangements for your exams?

If you are a student with a disability and, as a result, you need alternative exam arrangements, please book an appointment with Student Disability Advice to discuss your needs and complete an exam form. Deadline - Friday 26 March.

Review of Researchers' Conference 2010

Researchers from all disciplines and all stages of their careers came together on Friday 5 March 2010, to take a lively look at impact. They heard from researchers whose work had impacts of many sorts - and not always the ones they expected!

Royal Society funding strengthens China-UK fluorescent sensors project

Dr Tony James from the Department of Chemistry at Bath and Professor Jianzhang Zhao from the State Key laboratory of Fine Chemicals, School of Chemical Engineering, Dalian University of Technology have been been awarded £12,000 by the Royal Society and National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) to work-together on a two-year project to develop fluorescent sensors.

Invite to open meeting with the Vice-Chancellor

Colleagues are invited to attend an open meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell on Tuesday 16 March at 12.15pm in 8W 1.1 lecture theatre.

SAMIS Tracker system makes application process more efficient

After a huge effort in 2009 by BUCS and the Recruitment & Admissions Office, a new SAMIS Application Tracker went live last November. Now nearly six months into the 2010 admissions cycle, the full benefits of the Tracker are clear. Paper has been eliminated almost entirely from our admissions processes, reducing the University’s carbon footprint and delivering significant savings on postage.

Students wanted: Earn £5 for 30 minutes of your time

Researchers is Health Psychology are currently looking into students' experiences of various life events and are inviting volunteers to take part in a research survey. As a token of appreciation, participating students will receive £5 pounds.

New online training package launched to enhance and promote excellence and diversity

The University has launched a new online equalities and diversity training package for all staff to complete, aimed at enhancing excellence and diversity.

Human-powered sub to appear on Gadget Show

A human-powered submarine built by students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering will be featured in the Gadget Show on Monday 15 March at 8pm on Channel 5.

VC encourages scholars to 'fulfil their promise & make their donors proud'

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, paid tribute to around 60 of the University’s brightest students at a special Scholars’ Afternoon Tea held on 9 March.

Size matters! Major grant to study green 'nano-ionic' materials

A research team including Professor Saiful Islam (Chemistry) has secured an EPSRC 'Programme' grant of £1.86 million to work on new nano-materials for clean energy.

Death of Mervyn Peters & funeral arrangements

We regret to announce the death of Mervyn Peters, who was the University's Audio-Visual Technician for 27 years until his retirement in 1992. The funeral will take place at Bristol South Crematorium at 2pm on Thursday 25 March.

World Congress on Children’s Pain opened by Bath Academic

Professor Christopher Eccleston, a psychologist and Director of the Centre for Pain Research based in the School for Health, opened the 8th International Symposium of Pediatric Pain taking place this week in Acapulco, Mexico.

New starters in February 2010

The new starters update gives the name, job title and department of all new members of staff at the University who started in the previous month.

Sport & Exercise Science leads the way in exam feedback initiative

The BSc Sport & Exercise Science team has been praised by the Students' Union for drawing up a ‘feedback agreement’ to give students exam feedback.

Bath academic speaks on role of culture in creating European identities

Dr Marion Demossier (from European Studies & Modern Languages) was invited to present her research on the obstacles to European identity in Miami at a conference entitled “Culture as building block or obstacle to the creation of a transnational European identity?”

Vice-Chancellor advises new report on UK investment in research

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, has acted as an advisor to a report published today by The Royal Society which looks at the economic impact of research in this country.

University signs sports and academic agreement with Malaysia

The University of Bath has formally signed a wide-ranging reciprocal sports and academic agreement with Malaysia that will include covering the build-up to the 2012 Olympic Games and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Bath International Music Festival discount for staff

University staff can buy tickets for the Bath International Music Festival (26 May to 6 June) in advance of the general availability and at a ten per cent discount. Call the Box Office on 01225 463362 and quote 'University of Bath staff member.'

New Uni protocol about surveying students

We have evidence from the students of ‘survey fatigue’ and in some cases response rates are falling. Therefore, a protocol for the surveying of students has been approved to cover surveys which meet two conditions: i) number of students asked is >250. ii) The student sample is taken from more than one department or school.