Archive for September 2010

Researchers find selfishness can sometimes help the common good

Scientists from Imperial College London, the Universities of Bath and Oxford, University College London and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, have overturned the conventional wisdom that cooperation is essential for the well-being of the whole population, finding proof that slackers can sometimes help the common good. The researchers studied populations of yeast and found that a mixture of ‘co-operators’ and ‘cheats’ grew faster than a more utopian one of only ‘co-operators’.

Local pupil helps hi-tech University engineering project

An A-level student from Warminster has been helping engineers from the University's Materials Research Centre develop new software that predicts the properties of materials used in electronic devices. Jemima Tabeart, aged 17, from Warminster School, worked with Dr Andrew Dent (Mechanical Engineering) for four weeks on a Nuffield Foundation Science Bursary placement.

Thousands to attend new look Open Day

The University is expecting over 4,000 additional visitors next week when we host the second of our annual University Open Day events on Thursday 16 September.

Bath ranked 9th in the UK and best in the South West in new Sunday Times guide

The University of Bath has been ranked 9th out of 121 universities and colleges in the latest UK league table published by The Sunday Times. The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 ranked the University number one in a list of South West universities, and seventh in the UK for the percentage of students in graduate level jobs.

New Induction Week web pages launched

A new set of Induction Week web pages has been developed which draws together relevant information and complements that being provided by individual departments. It also contains an Induction Checklist which is intended to help new students prioritise their activities.

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Prestigious award for mechanical engineers

Professor Andrew Plummer, Dr Necip Sahinkaya and Dr Benjamin Drew of the Centre for Power Transmission & Motion Control (PTMC) have been awarded the 2009 PE Publishing Prize for their paper on the wave energy converter technology.

New centre will bring latest technology to engineering industry in the South West

The Laboratory for Integrated Metrology Applications (LIMA), based in the University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been awarded a £2.2 million grant to set up a new Business Technology Centre that will put South West businesses in touch with the latest developments in engineering. The new LIMA Business Technology Centre (LIMA BTC) will introduce the latest metrology technologies to engineering businesses on-site in the South West, enabling SMEs to collaborate with the research team at the University and enhancing the competitiveness of industry in the region.

Alumna attends international training camp in Portugal

Graduate Charlie (Charlotte) Walmsley has recently returned from an international training camp in Portugal for high potential trampoline athletes. Charlie's participation at the training camp was greatly aided by having successfully competed for a Sports Travel Award funded by Santander at the University of Bath.

Chance for your 15 seconds of fame

Corporate Communications is producing a new University introduction film and needs a group of students, or people who look like they could be students, to appear in it. The film is being shot in 4 East 3.38 on Monday 13 September between 12 noon and 2pm. Anyone interested should contact Sacha Goodwin in the Audio Visual Unit.

The University’s New Managed Print Service provider confirmed as Canon UK

The University’s new Managed Print Service project has moved a step closer with the University agreeing contract terms and conditions with Canon UK for the next five years.

Bath students complete UN internships in the Big Apple

Four language students from the University of Bath have completed internships at the United Nations’ headquarters in New York this summer, the only students to be selected from the UK.

Final filming in the Claverton Rooms

As part of the filming taking place on campus this summer, Monicker Productions will again be filming in the Claverton Rooms. The film crew will be filming on Wednesday 8 September between 3pm and 5pm, and Thursday 9 September between 5pm and 7pm.

Knowledge Transfer Account Showcase Event 2010

KTA@Bath is holding a showcasing event on 12 October 2010 from 12pm to 2pm at the Wessex Restaurant to celebrate and highlight the success of the account over the first year and to introduce Knowledge Transfer Champions to the University.

Professor Acharya to host Royal Society seminar

Professor Ravi Acharya from Biology & Biochemistry has been invited to organise a Royal Society International Seminar on Engineering Toxins for 21st Century Therapies'.

Death of Dr Keith Bishop and funeral details

The University is sad to announce the death of Dr Keith Bishop, senior lecturer in the Department of Education with 20 years service.

Volunteers get free gym membership to kick start a healthier lifestyle

The University of Bath is offering six months free gym membership to volunteers who take part in a trial to measure the benefits of exercise on reducing the risk of heart disease.

Holburne Museum awarded £86k to conserve collection

International conference looks at the cultural dimension of our relationship with the environment

A conference at the University this week will examine the discrepancy between scientific knowledge of environmental change and media debates and popular opinion on the topic.

Global tobacco experts to come to Bath for conference

More than 400 researchers from around the world who study the effects of nicotine and tobacco will be in Bath next week for a conference.