Archive for April 2010

Winners of the student employee of the year awards announced

Student Employee of the Year 2010 had more nominations than ever before and Bath had more nominations than any other university participating nationally. The quality of the nominations was so high that the judging panel decided to award a highly commended in each category. The winning and highly commended students were given their awards at a networking event and ceremony on 22 April.

Member of staff receives MBE from the Queen

Cllr Marian McNeir (European Studies & Modern Languages) received an MBE at Windsor Castle on Tuesday 13 April in recognition "for services to the community of Bath". Marian was presented with her award by the Queen, who remembered her as Mayor of Bath when the Queen visited as part of her Millennium Tour. Marian has been a Bath and North East Somerset councillor representing Lyncombe Ward in Bath for the last fifteen years. As well as being Mayor of Bath she has also been Chairman of the Council.

Psychology student wins national placement essay competition

The 2009 ASET Essay Competition has been won by Lucy Armstrong for her essay titled "Does finding your dream career involve flying over 10,000 miles?". Lucy is studying Psychology and undertook her placement in Macquarie University Anxiety Research Unit, Macqaurie University, Sydney Australia.

Volunteers wanted: Earn £10 for one hour of your time

Researcher David Moore from the School for Health is currently investigating relationships between attention and pain experience. He is offering £10 to all staff and students who volunteer to participate in an experiment which takes no more than two hours and involves computerised reaction time tasks, and a mildly painful heat sensation.

Japan-UK relations strengthened through Royal Society grant

Tony James from the Department of Chemistry and Kazuo Sakurai from the University of Kitakyushu Faculty of Environmental Engineering have been been awarded £12,000 by the Royal Society to work together on a two-year project to develop drug delivery systems agents using 1,3-beta-glucans and boronic acid groups as targeting units.

Professor teams up with Radio 4 listener for cloud spotting at the edge of space

Professor Nick Mitchell, (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) Director of the University’s Centre for Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, is working with Radio 4 listener John Rowlands to investigate the appearance of noctilucent clouds, a mysterious type of cloud seen only in summer and only at night. They will be talking about their plans on Material World on BBC Radio 4, Thursday 29 April at 4.30pm.

Canvassing for General Election on campus

The University has agreed to allow any political party with a candidate for the parliamentary seat of Bath to canvas on campus tomorrow, Thursday 29 April 2010, between 11am and 3pm.

Commuters needed for transport research in Bath

Chris McMahon and Tim Paice (Mechanical Engineering) are looking for commuters in Bath to help them in a study investigating door-to-door transportation that could reduce congestion and pollution in the city. The system, called Demand Responsive Transportation, would be a cross-between a taxi and bus service, where the bus route and schedule changes depending on demand.

Engineering awarded funds that will help research help the environment

The Faculty of Engineering has been awarded three Knowledge Transfer Account match-funded Partnership Development Awards:

What world do you see? Co-founder of Zopa shares his vision

The co-founder of Zopa, the online marketplace where people lend and borrow money, sidestepping banks, will give a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Tuesday 4 May, in 5W2.3 at 6.30pm.

Public Lecture: The Sunflower and the Rose

A free public lecture at the University of Bath, on Wednesday 5 May, will uncover the hidden meanings of flowers by taking a virtual tour of an art gallery.

Internet dating sites need to take cultural differences into account

Online dating sites that are used around the world need to take into account cultural differences, researchers from the Department of Psychology have found.

BSc Accounting & Finance student wins Undergraduate of the Year award

Second year School of Management student, Leanne Sweet, has been awarded First Year Undergraduate of the Year. She competed against 421 other students and undertook a number of online tests, interviews and assessment exercises to emerge as overall winner of the award, which was sponsored by Ernst & Young.

Mental health services - your chance to get involved

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is looking for members, who will be able to contribute in a number of ways, including giving their views about mental health services so that AWP can continue to make improvements, and getting involved in raising awareness of mental health issues.

University celebrates its vibrant arts scene at awards ceremony

The annual Arts & Media Awards ceremony was introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell and twelve students were delighted to receive awards in front of 160 guests.

Religious beliefs: do they help or hinder development?

Social scientists at the University have been awarded £63,000 to study Pentecostal movements in Malaysia to see how far religious doctrines influence people’s perceptions of other groups in developing countries.

Report of University Senate Meeting - 14 April 2010

A number of items were discussed at the recent meeting of University Senate.

Public lecture: UN ideas that changed the world

Sir Richard Jolly will deliver a public lecture on 30 April on how UN ideas have set international agendas.

Gold & silver for Students' Union bars at national awards

The University of Bath Students' Union Plug Bar and Elements won Gold and Silver Best Bar None Awards at this year's ceremony in Liverpool.

Implementing proposals for re-organisation: Review of Faculty/School administrative support

The development of a future staffing plan for each Faculty/School has been completed and the final phase of work to transfer to the faculty-focussed model has commenced and is being led by the Deans and Directors of Administration, with support from colleagues in the Department of Human Resources.