Archive for March 2011

Vice-Chancellor appointed to the Student Loans Company Board

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, has been appointed as a new non-executive director of the Student Loans Company Limited

VC's message to staff about Staff Survey 2011

Gathering information about the issues that affect you is very important to us, particularly at a time of such change in the higher education sector. I very much hope that you will take the time out of your working day to make your views known by participating in this survey, which starts on Monday 14 March 2011.

Free 3D public talk on green technologies

Professor Saiful Islam will deliver a free public lecture on Wednesday 16 March on new materials behind clean energy technologies that help reduce carbon emissions.
The talk will be held in the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Queen Square in the centre of town. No tickets or reservations are required - just turn up at 7.00pm for coffee for a 7.30pm start.

Support for students/staff affected by Japanese earthquake

Following the news of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we would like to remind our international students and staff that support is available during difficult times (including the ongoing problems in North Africa and the Middle East).

Students explore postgrad options at HSS Graduate School open evening

The Graduate School for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences held its first open evening on Thursday 24 February. Directors of Studies and current postgraduate students from the Faculty’s six departments attended to provide information on programmes and help guide students through the range of study options available.

Children catapult red noses in the name of science

Children will send red noses flying at the Bath Taps into Science Fair, when they catapult them at targets to find out more about the laws of motion (Friday 18 March).

Uni death expert warns of crisis as baby-boomers reach old age

An expert in death studies at the University of Bath is warning that Britain is not prepared for the death of the post-war baby-boomers.

Bath Science Café: How much does the sun contribute to climate change?

The next Bath Science Café will look at the contribution to climate change made by the sun, when it meets at 7:30pm at the Raven on Monday 14 March.

Eastwood Woodland Nature Trail now open!

The Landscape Section has been working extremely hard over the past five weeks to create a new nature trail behind the Eastwood residences. As the warmer weather approaches, why not venture up and take a look on your lunch break?

Childcare vouchers - important changes for higher rate tax payers

The Government has confirmed that instead of withdrawing Employer Supported Childcare, they would retain the tax relief at the basic rate of tax from April 2011. This change is being introduced to ensure that the tax savings available to you are similar regardless of the rate at which you pay tax. Therefore, there will be a change to the care-4 scheme for new joiners with effect from 6 April 2011.

University celebrates Fairtrade Fortnight

Staff and students have been decorating bunting to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight (28 February to 13 March) as part of the Fairtrade Foundation’s world record bunting attempt.

New course for Probationary Lecturers launched

A new course for probationary lecturers and teaching fellows has been launched. Tailored specifically to meet the needs of new staff at the University, it covers both teaching and research management aspects of academic practice.

Weighting of research impact confirmed for 2014 Research Excellence Framework

The four UK higher education funding bodies have today announced how they will recognise and reward excellent research that has led to wider social and economic benefits. The publication, 'Decisions on assessing research impact', confirms how much weighting the assessment of research impacts will have in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Europe’s Great Witch Hunt

Professor Ronald Hutton, from the University of Bristol, will talk about witch hunts between the 15th and 18th centuries in a free public lecture at the University of Bath this month (16 March).

University death expert to take part in public debate about organ donation

Dr John Troyer will be discussing organ donation at a public debate at the Watershed in Bristol this month (17 March).

Experience an evening of maths ‘stand-up’ style

A ‘stand-up mathematician’ who says his life goal is to make people more excited about maths will take to the stage in a free event at the University of Bath on Wednesday 16 March at 7pm.

Good luck to staff running the Bath Half Marathon

Good luck to all staff who are running in this year's Bath Half Marathon, which takes place this Sunday (6 March).

FLC organises language training for B&NES primary school teachers

The Foreign Languages Centre is currently running a six-week up-skilling course in French to allow the teachers to brush up on their knowledge of French. The classes aim to develop confidence and to make the teachers practise the language.

Closure of the 25m pool

The University has reluctantly decided to close the 25m swimming pool permanently following a report that found it was unsafe for use.

Eating regular carbohydrates helps athletes to recover quicker

A review by Dr James Betts from the Human Physiology Research Group has found that eating carbohydrates regularly is the best way to recover after exercise.