Archive for January 2011

Research Impact Gateway: all you need to know

The Research Impact Gateway offers a single point of access for information about how to maximise the non-academic impact of your research for academics and researchers

University’s innovative ‘green’ buildings at centre of new government environmental study

Two of the University of Bath’s newest buildings are to be tested for their green credentials under a government scheme.

Agresso User Survey results published

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's survey. It is through your comments and feedback that the Agresso team are able to identify areas of need to be able to focus their future developments.

Lost! Experiment results book

If you have seen a blue A4 lab notebook with the name Diego Colombara written on the inside cover, please contact

Children should design their own school meals, says research

Research from the University of Bath recommends a radical rethink of school food to give pupils a central role in designing meals and ownership of issues such as queuing, littering and marketing of menus.

Dr Benabid recognised with Optical Society of America Fellowship

The Board of Directors of the Optical Society of America (OSA) has elevated Dr Fetah Benabid, from the Department of Physics, to the rank of an “OSA fellow 2011”.

Keeping informed on the big issues – changes to internal homepage

From today, the ‘news & information’ column of our internal homepage is changing.

Fees & Access Working Group established

The Vice-Chancellor's Group has established a Fees & Access Working Group to draft the University's revised Access Agreement and to make recommendations on an appropriate fee structure.

Pain researcher receives top Belgium science award

Pain Research Centre member Professor Geert Crombez (pictured left), from Ghent University, has been awarded a prestigious award in Belgium for his contribution to psychology: the national Francqui Chair, 2010-11. This is a prestigious scholarly and scientific chair, awarded each year since 1933 by the Francqui Foundation.

Gene discovery shows parents divided over brain and brawn

Scientists from Biology & Biochemistry, working with researchers from Cardiff University, have discovered a gene that defies conventional rules, with the copies inherited from mum and dad doing two very different jobs. Their study, published in the journal Nature, has shown that the two copies actually drive very different processes: the maternal copy is involved in foetal growth, metabolism and fat storage, whereas the paternal one regulates social behaviour in adults.

New KTA project started in piezoelectric aero-engine control systems (PACS)

Andrew Plummer, Nigel Johnston, Chris Bowen and Michael Schlotter (Mechanical Engineering) have been awarded a Partnership Development Award from the Knowledge Transfer Account (EPSRC). This has been match-funded by Aero Engine Controls, a Rolls-Royce plc and Goodrich Corporation Joint Venture.

Professor Williams takes on role of Acting Head of Chemistry

Professor Ian Williams has taken on the role of Acting Head of the Department of Chemistry at the University until April 2011.

University of Bath student wins national work placement award

University of Bath student David Liptrot has won a prestigious national award for significant research he completed during a placement with leading pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca at Charnwood in Leicestershire.

Celebrating research – Vice-Chancellor’s Research Day 2011

The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Day is an annual event which showcases and celebrates research being carried out by early career academics across the University.

First year undergraduates – Want an excuse to talk about Facebook?

James Doodson, a PhD Researcher in the Department of Psychology, is looking to interview first year undergraduate students about how Facebook is used at university.

Mechanical Engineers awarded EPSRC KT funding for hybrid research

Chris Brace, Sam Akehurst and Andrew Plummer (Mechanical Engineering) have been awarded a Partnership Development Award from the EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account to match fund investment from Ashwoods Automotive Ltd. The aim of this KTA project is to redesign the second generation of Ashwoods Automotive’s existing hybrid systems for diesel vans.

Satellite technology to monitor great bustards featured on television news

Researchers from Biology & Biochemistry are using satellite transmitters to track the world’s heaviest flying bird as part of a conservation project to reintroduce great bustards to Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire. The transmitters will relay the birds’ locations to the base station in Salisbury so that the bustards’ preferred areas can be monitored for food availability and predator activity.

Visiting professorship helps young people recover lives blighted by pain

The Centre for Pain Research recently welcomed Dr Lindsey Cohen to spend ayear, as award winner of the 2008-09 David Parkin Award Visiting Professorship. Dr Cohen’s stay was very productive, resulting in four publications to high quality journals. Dr Cohen will be able to take back his findings and develop treatment programmes at Georgia State University, USA.

Volunteers needed to take part in diet and exercise study

Researchers from the Department for Health are looking for volunteers to take part in a project designed to explore how diet and exercise affects health.

New world class training centre will change landscape of social science

The Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter have come together to form one of the UK’s largest centres of postgraduate research training for social scientists in a range of disciplines including innovative new programmes in: Health and Wellbeing; Security, Conflict and Justice; Environment, Energy and Resilience; and Global Economic Performance.