Universities Week 13-19 June: What's the big idea?

The University of Bath is supporting a national campaign to demonstrate the benefits of universities within UK society.

Universities Week 13-19 June will show how universities benefit everyone, whether or not they have gone to university themselves.

The week will focus on five key themes including the value universities bring to their communities, the value they bring to local businesses, and how the research currently underway will benefit UK society in 20 years’ time.

Each day of Universities Week, coordinated by Universities UK (the representative body for all UK universities) will tell a story about a unique aspect of the country’s universities and their influence on the economy, culture, society, and the future.

How is Bath getting involved?

  • We’re sharing our knowledge: see the Universities Week online Factshare feature and look out for facts generated by Bath researchers!
  • Bath researchers are joining a 24-hour Twitter feed for #UniWeek on Friday 17 June to tell the public about their work.
  • School pupils from across Wiltshire are coming onto campus to celebrate the week through fun and interactive science and engineering events. They’ll be building water rockets and taking part in the ‘Great Egg Drop’.
  • We’re celebrating the role that our students play in the local community. The Growing Together project is bringing together students and local residents to grow vegetables in unused student gardens. It’s just one example of the hundreds of hours of volunteering that students give to Bath.
  • Bath graduate and CEO of Sainsburys Justin King; and Bath sports stars Amy Williams and Freyja Prentice are joining other well-known names to back the week. See what they said about being at Bath: Universities Week supporters

Professor Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Universities Week is an excellent opportunity to showcase some of the fantastic work we are carrying out here at Bath. The University has a vital role to play in the local community and economy, and beyond to a national and international stage. We’re proud of the achievements of our staff and students in contributing to the country in some many different ways.”

Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive of Universities UK, which is co-ordinating the Week, said: “In the media maelstrom which currently surrounds higher education funding, it’s easy to lose sight of the huge social, economic and cultural impact of universities.

“The idea behind this campaign is to tell some of the amazing and inspiring stories of why universities matter to the UK, and how they benefit everyone in the country.”

For more information on events happening around the UK visit www.universitiesweek.org.uk or follow the campaign on Facebook.

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