Archive for April 2010

Research in the World: open lecture & discussion - "Controlling diseases - how can science inform public policy?"

Public lecture on 20 April by Professor Christl Donnelly about how to control risks to public health.

Giant natural particle accelerator discovered above thunderclouds

Dr Martin Fullekrug (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has discovered evidence for giant natural particle accelerators that form above thunderclounds 40km above the Earth. He presented his research at the Royal Astronomical Society National Astronomy Meeting (NAM 2010) in Glasgow on 14 April.

HEFCE announces outcomes of Research Excellence Framework consultation

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and a panel member for the RAE 2008, has been appointed to the REF expert panel to advise on assessing impact in the field of Social Policy, Social Work & Administration.

Bath Students’ Union awarded Silver for going green

University of Bath Students’ Union (BUSU) was awarded Silver at the Sound Environmental Impact Awards, narrowly missing the gold award by a few marks.

Two-minute silence in memory of victims of Polish air crash

The University wishes to express its sympathy to any Polish staff members or students who may have been affected by the news of the weekend's plane crash, in which 96 passengers died including Poland's president. In memory of the victims of the tragedy and in solidarity with mourning Poles, University Chaplain Angela Berners-Wilson will lead a two-minute silence at 12.10pm tomorrow, Tuesday 13 April 2010.

National recognition for Uni of Bath & Navtech Radar at annual KTP Awards

The University of Bath's Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Navtech Radar has won the 'Best KTP Building on EPSRC-funded Research' award at the 2010 Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards, which celebrates partnerships between businesses and universities.

Public lecture: devices and desires

Organic devices are revolutionising lighting and solar cells, Professor Alison Walker will describe how this change will impact our lives at a public lecture on Wednesday 21 April.

Researchers to develop ‘green’ cement from rice husks

Researchers from the Universities of Bath and Dundee are working with collaborators in India to develop environmentally-friendly cement using waste materials such as rice husks. Dr Kevin Paine (Architecture & Civil Engineering) and collaborators from the Concrete Technology Unit at Dundee have recently returned from a UKIERI meeting in Punjab, India, where they presented their latest research and shared ideas with colleagues to develop new types of cement with a lower carbon footprint.

Computer scientists get new specialist Lovelace Laboratory

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), recently opened the Lovelace Laboratory, a purpose-built teaching facility for Computer Science undergraduate education.

2010 General Election - experts available for comment

The University of Bath is offering a selection of experts who are available for media interviews on the upcoming 2010 General Election in areas such as politics, economics, education and health.

Student shop success story to champion local suppliers

The student run Bath Soup Company is to bring a one-month event celebrating the best of local produce to Bath’s Milsom Place (17 April to 9 May).

Public lecture promises a World Cup warm up

Football fans can prepare to take on the 2010 World Cup pundits this year at a public lecture on Friday 23 April on the story and science of the world’s most popular game. Dr Ken Bray, Visiting Professor in Mechanical Engineering and author of How to Score: Science and the Beautiful Game, will explain how football has gripped the world, and give an insight into the science that underpins the penalty shootout.

Positive feedback on HR's new e-recruitment system

The University moved to a new e-recruitment system in early March.
Since the launch, 75% of job applicants using the e-recruitment system have completed the survey about their appilication process and of these 91% rated their experience as good or excellent.

BT Openzone wireless hotspots now available on campus

BTOpenzone wireless hotspots are now available on campus; all you need to use this service is a wireless enabled mobile device. However, if you have a University account, you can use the free University wireless BUCS–WISM.

Publication that showcases University research available

A new publication that showcases a selection of research projects from across the University is available from the Department of Corporate Communications

Bath Science cafe: Can domestic energy generation save the world?

Local people can debate domestic energy generation at the next Bath Science Café on Monday 12 April at Bath’s Raven Pub (Queen Street). In a talk entitled The Bling Generation, Can domestic energy generation save the world? Doug King, Principal of Bath-based consulting engineers King Shaw Associates, will discuss the role of small scale renewable energy in meeting Government targets for reducing UK Carbon emissions from buildings.

Two Chemical Engineering lecturers awarded IChemE fellowships

Drs Mike Bird and Semali Perera have been elected to Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Fellow is the highest grade of IChemE membership and is awarded to engineering professionals of distinction, who are making significant contributions to the chemical engineering profession.

New 4 West building completes, on time & within budget

The new 4 West building project has been finished on time and within budget. Practical completion with the contractor, Cowlin of Bristol, will take place on Thursday 1 April 2010, and work will continue over the Easter weekend to move the building's occupiers into their new surroundings.

Charitable trust funds research at the University of Bath

The University of Bath has received a charitable gift of £750,000 from the Esther Parkin Trust to support a wide range of research. Aside from legacies, this is the largest single gift ever made to the University. The money will support an annual Visiting Professorship for eminent visitors from abroad as well as six PhD students of high academic ability also from outside the UK.