Archive for October 2011

EPSRC changes: national importance & international research excellence

In 2010 EPSRC published its Strategic Plan articulating a very clear goal of Shaping Capability – namely to focus their portfolio in areas of international research excellence and national importance. There are two key changes which will be phased in over the next six months.

Reports from Senate and Council - October 2011

Reports of items discussed at the recent meetings of University Senate and Council.

Accommodation & Hospitality Services achieve IIP bronze award

Staff in Accommodation & Hospitality Services (which includes Security Services) are celebrating after becoming the first department at the University to achieve the prestigious 'bronze' level status from Investors in People (IIP).

Why do we need Social Science?

The Campaign for Social Science aims to raise the profile of social science in the public, media and Parliament, in the context of changes to the funding of teaching and research. The University of Bath is hosting a Roadshow event on Thursday 17 November, from noon till 2pm

Students: Beware counterfeit travellers cheques scam

University students across the South of England are being targeted by criminal gangs to launder counterfeit American Express travellers cheques.

University trio 'moustache' you to sponsor them!

A group of fundraisers from the University of Bath are putting their razors away for a whole month and are growing moustaches, to raise money to fight prostate cancer.

University of Bath undergraduate achieves Gold in World Skills Contest 2011

Gina Chow, a first year computer science undergraduate, has earned herself a gold medal by winning the World Skills Contest 2011 in IT software solutions for business.

Research paper on cancer drug accorded 'VIP' status

A paper on the anti-cancer drug Irosustat, designed by researchers at the University of Bath, has been awarded ‘Very Important Paper’ status by the medicinal chemistry journal ChemMedChem.

World-renowned Professor of Psychology visits the Department for Health on sabbatical

World-renowned psychologist has joined the Department for Health for six months on a visiting professorship funded by the Leverhulme Trust

New Management students throw themselves into Big Team Challenge

The Big Team Challenge saw students work together in teams on a 60 minute challenge to design and put together a goodie bag of branded items and then pitch these ideas to the Corporate Partner representatives to become the winning team. Through this challenge, students were able to have the opportunity to hear more about the specific Corporate Partner sponsors and receive valuable feedback from them.

Bath death expert features in film

Dr John Troyer is featuring in Of Dolls and Murder, a film being premiered in London next month (30 November)

The story of Indigo: from ancient Arabia to modern Manhattan

The history of Indigo, the world’s oldest and best-loved dye, will be the topic of a free lecture at the University on 2 November.

Interested in ESRC funding? Acting as internal reviewer for ESRC proposals?

Not everyone was able to attend the first ESRC Support & Improvement Forum (on 30 September), so we have arranged a repeat session on Tuesday 1 November 2011, 10.15am-12.15pm, in the Council Chamber. The meeting is open to anyone with research interests in the ESRC area, including those who will be acting as internal peer reviewers for ESRC proposals.

The Remains of the Dead: seminar explores what the dead leave behind

Experts in death studies from the UK and Australia will look at how we manage what the dead leave behind at a seminar at the Holburne Museum on Friday (28 October).

Please read! Advice if you are worried about meningitis

The University is working with the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following the admission to hospital of a first-year student with viral meningitis. The student has since been discharged, and is recovering well at home. Please make yourself aware of the symptoms of meningitis.

Staff Survey 2011: Action plans take shape

Development of departmental action plans is continuing to progress following the outcomes of the staff survey. Since the survey results were released in July 2011, a lot of work has been done to understand more about where we have performed well and where there are areas for improvement. Where areas of best practice have been identified, we are sharing these across the organisation to build on this good work. Where we think we can do things better, then action plans are being developed to address these issues at both an institutional and departmental level.

Department of Chemistry strengthens links with Chinese universities

Tony James, from the Department of Chemistry, has been appointed as a Guest Professor of Shandong Normal University, further strengthening the Department's numerous links in China.

Charles Lees joins as Professor of Politics

Professor Charles Lees has recently joined the University's Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies. He specialises in comparative politics and policy.

Help challenge stereotypes of older people & technology: A national photography competition

The University of Bath is coordinating a national photography competition to challenge preconceptions about how older people interact with technology.

Watson, the quiz show artificial intelligence star, comes to Bath!

The Department of Computer Science is hosting an event about IBM’s artificial intelligence (AI) computer system Watson, made famous after winning US quiz show Jeopardy! earlier this year.