Archive for April 2011

Pay negotiations 2011/12

The Universities & Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and the Higher Education trade unions met on 19 April 2011 for the first meeting of the pay negotiating round for 2011-12. Ian Cheetham, Director of Human Resources, gives an update.

Study finds that diversity can trump ability

Dr Dick James from the Department of Physics, working with colleagues from Germany and the UK, has found that decision making among groups can be significantly better than that of individuals. The paper has been published as a Nature Research Highlight.

Panopto Lecture Capture hits 1000 recordings in March 2011

The number of people on campus using Panopto, the university lecture capture solution, has grown significantly since its deployment in September 2010. In March 2011, the total number of recordings reached 1000.

Blue sky thinking at the Foreign Languages Centre: Book a ‘language for holidays’ course and take advantage of staff and student discounts

Book a ‘language for holidays’ course and take advantage of staff and student discounts.

Classical Indian music concert in memory of Senior Lecturer Nandu Kamat

The Department of Economics regrets to announce the death of Professor Kamat Ramanand, known as Nandu, who has died at the age of 81.

Enhancing the Student Experience and Fostering Enterprise

Any project which can be demonstrated to enhance the quality of the student experience or to foster enterprising initiatives among students can be considered for Alumni Fund support.

Canvassing for the Local Elections (and AV Referendum) on 5 May 2011

Following approaches from some of the political parties, the University has agreed to allow any political party with a candidate for the Bathwick Ward to canvas on the campus of the University of Bath on Thursday 21 April 2011 between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm (or for any part of that time), but only on the Parade outside the Library. 

New videos highlight the student experience in humanities and social sciences

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences have produced 30 short videos illustrating the diverse range of programmes available.

Consultation on Revisions to QA Code of Practice Statements, February 2011

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office is currently conducting a consultation on proposed revisions to a number of statements in the University's Quality Assurance Code of Practice.

Expenses to go electronic!

All claims for expenses will now be made online

Bath in top ten in University Ranking

The University of Bath is ranked tenth in the UK in the 2012 Complete University Guide league table.

Peer Assisted Learning and Mentoring

The Students' Union is running a Peer Assisted Learning course to help students adjust to University life.

New collaboration to investigate sustainable wastewater treatment system

A new flagship partnership between the University of Bath and Aragreen (UK) Ltd is to explore the viability of developing a commercial wastewater treatment system which is also capable of producing biologically derived products.

Alumni Spring Reception at Tower Bridge Walkways

Over 140 alumni and guests attended the Spring Alumni Reception was on Friday 1 April on the walkway of London’s iconic Tower Bridge.

Uni of Bath shortlisted for two Times Higher leadership awards

We are pleased to announce that the University has been shortlisted for two Times Higher Education (THE) Leadership & Management Awards 2011. The categories are Outstanding University Fundraising Team and the top honour of Outstanding Leadership & Management Team.

Professor who ‘makes maths fun’ gets top award

A University of Bath Maths professor has been made a Fellow of the British Science Association for his work in making maths accessible and fun.

Changes to Research Council procedures

The RCUK Report: Efficiency 2011-15: Ensuring Excellence with Impact is the result of the ‘Wakeham Review’ into RC funding, and was published in late March 2011. The report makes it clear that RCUK wish to continue to fund the same volume of research but savings need to be made in order to achieve this within restricted budgets.

Jade tributes reveal a renewed belief in angels

Online tributes to the former reality TV star Jade Goody have revealed a resurgence in the belief in angels, according to research by Professor Tony Walter, of the Centre of Death & Society.

University of Bath research students are better connected

Research students at the University are learning about social media through a series of events titled ‘The Connected Researcher at Bath’ which started this week.

Staff Survey - Thanks for sharing your views

Many thanks to everyone who completed the 2011 Staff Survey. The final response rate was over 53 per cent based on 2,766 surveys sent out to staff employed by the University.