Archive for May 2010

Appointment of Heads of Department

At its meeting on 20 May 2010, Council approved the appointment of Heads of Department with effect from 1 August 2010.

Closure of Bath Assessment Centre

The University has recently undertaken a review of the Bath Assessment Centre (BAC) and, while recognising it has a reputation for providing high quality Study Strategies Assessments for disabled students, has concluded it is no longer necessary or financially viable to do so, given the development of other assessment provision in the region.

University of Bath launches rugby research project to tackle scrum injury

Researchers from the University's School for Health have received funding from the International Rugby Board to launch a major study of the scrum that will that drive best practice player welfare policy in this critical area of the game. The two-year study – the Biomechanics of the Rugby Scrum - will provide an in-depth analysis of biomechanical forces acting at the contact interface between the front rows in the scrum, using controlled live and scrum machine situations in order to identify better playing, coaching and refereeing techniques for this key facet of the game.

New grant to help submarine personnel breathe easy

Stan Kolaczkowski and Serpil Awdry (Chemical Engineering) have been awarded US$ 554,858 over three years to collaborate with mechanical engineers at Duke University in the US to tackle the removal of carbon dioxide from gaseous streams.

Bath maintains its position in Times Good University Guide

The University of Bath has been ranked 13th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2011 – the same position as last year.

Moving out this summer? Tips for students in private accommodation

Advice from the Students' Union for students who are moving out this summer.

Professor presents at world conference on pain

Professor Christopher Eccleston, the director of the Bath Centre for Pain Research will present his recent data on advances in understanding the causes of persistent nerve pain in adults this week at an international conference on pain, held in Athens.

Research volunteers: What does lesbianism mean to you?

Research student, Kelly Dyer invites lesbian women aged between 18 and 27 to help her explore what lesbianism means to lesbians in modern day Britain.

Public lecture: See the big picture to save our future

A free public lecture at the University of Bath will explain why decision-makers need to look at the global big picture to avoid world catastrophe. The lecture will be held at the Claverton campus on Tuesday 8 June 2010 at 6.15pm in 8 West 3.22. For more information and tickets please email Paula McGrane at or call 01225 383555.

Universities show disability isn't a barrier to education

Universities and colleges across the West are joining together to spread the message that disability isn’t a barrier to higher education, in an information evening for parents on Wednesday 9 June. The event, called Breaking down barriers for a better future, will be held at the University of Bristol and is open to parents from across the region.

Matlab licence expiry message

Information for Matlab users on how to renew your licence.

Psychology student wins this year's Chancellor's prize

Ruth Fitzpatrick is the winner of this year's Chancellor's Prize.

Biology PhD student wins travel bursary to Hawaii

First year PhD student Ross Mounce has won a travel bursary to present his research on evolution at a prestigious international meeting in Hawaii this week.

Female smokers needed for quit smoking research

Researchers from the University's Department of Social & Policy Sciences are conducting a study examining female smoker’s experiences of quitting smoking.

2010 Suppliers Expo - Wed 16 June

Following previous successful events held in 2006 and 2008, Purchasing Services is pleased to announce that the 2010 Supplier Expo will be held on Wednesday 16 June 2010, in the Founders Hall 10.30am - 2.30pm.

Weight Loss Club - every Wednesday

A 10 week plan looking at defining healthy realistic goals, nutrition, different exercise options, recipe ideas and chat, weekly progress and advice. Starts 26 May 2010.

Wellbeing Fair 2010

On Wednesday 12 May, this year’s popular campus Wellbeing Fair took place in 6 West South - the old UBSA building.
Along with a wealth of information on a variety of topics, most stalls had free items for visitors to take away and there were several opportunities to take part in prize draws.

Graduate recruitment targets are up, despite the recession

For those about to graduate in 2010, there is a mood of cautious optimism in many sectors; the Association of Graduate Recruiters reports that more than half of its members, representing the major traditional recruiters, plan to increase their numbers for 2010 (following the nine per cent fall in 2009).

End of the floppy disk

It is becoming increasingly difficult to source this media for use within the University and in time will not be possible at all. In the light of this issue, we would like to encourage staff who still use floppy disks for coursework submission or personal use to look into other methods for data transfer for both themselves and their students.

Education Sabb elected to European Students’ Union

Students’ Union Vice President (Education) George Charonis, who has been elected to the Academic Affairs Committee of the European Students’ Union. George will take up his role on 28 June 2010 and as part of the Committee he will be looking at key topics such as Student Centred Learning, Educational Mobility within Europe and beyond, Internationalisation of Higher Education, and Quality Assurance and Quality Frameworks.