Archive for January 2012

Explorer David Hempleman-Adams talks about his record breaking adventures.

World famous explorer David Hempleman-Adams will be speaking of his many adventures that made him a ‘Grand Slam’ record breaker as he returns to the University to give a free public lecture on 8 February.

University appoints new Head of Widening Participation

Annette Hayton has been appointed as the University's Head of Widening Participation. Currently working as Head of Widening Participation at Goldsmiths University, she will take up her new position tomorrow, Wednesday 1 February. In this newly created post, Annette will play a central co-ordinating role for all the University’s widening participation and access activities.

MASH awarded HE STEM funding to enhance maths support

Dr Jane White, Director of MASH, the University’s Maths Resources Centre has been successful in obtaining £10k funding from the National Higher Education Science, Engineering, Technology & Maths (STEM) Programme in order to enhance maths support provision at the University, with a particular focus on students with vocational backgrounds.

Researchers investigate if state provides enough support for funeral costs

Researchers in the Department of Social & Policy Science are investigating whether the Government is giving enough financial support to allow everyone to provide a basic funeral for their loved ones.

Free beginner's guide to the media for scientists and engineers

The Science Media Centre is holding a free 'Introduction to the Media' event for scientists and engineers event on Thursday 22 March at the Veysey Building, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter from 1.30pm to 6pm with drinks afterwards. To register for this event, please contact the Science Media Centre.

Ford drives ambitions of Bath students with £10k scholarships

Ford has announced ten scholarships for students to study at the University as part of the company’s Blue Oval Scholarship Programme in celebration of its centenary year.

Reminder! Watch out for cyclists

Motorists and cyclists are reminded to take extra care on the roads surrounding the campus, especially at this time of year when visibility is poor.

Bath scientists secure £220k funding boost for dementia research

A major research project into the role of iron in dementia with Lewy bodies is getting underway at the University, thanks to grants worth £220,500 from two charities dedicated to funding dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and local Alzheimer’s research charity BRACE have teamed up to fund a unique three-year project that could bring new understanding of the disease. Led by Professor David Brown, the scientists from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry will study a protein called alpha-synuclein, which accumulates in the brain in dementia with Lewy bodies, as well as other diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Academics run robotics challenge in Kuala Lumpur

Drs Dr Manuchehr Soleimani, Sally Clift and Pejman Iravani from the Faculty of Engineering & Design have just returned from Kuala Lumpur where they ran a series of exciting robotics challenges in six key schools.

Michael Finus joins as Professor of Environmental Economics

Michael Finus has joined the Department of Economics as Professor of Environmental Economics.

Departments & societies across campus receive boost from Alumni Fund

Over £50,000 has been granted to 15 projects to make a difference to the student experience at the University.

Executive Committee: Jan 2012 decisions & Nov 2011 outcomes now online

The latest summaries from meetings of the Executive Committee can now be viewed online.

Ford provides Bath with ten scholarships of £10k for engineering & science

Ford is providing scholarships of £10,000 per student over a three-year period for ten students to study on a selection of engineering and science programmes at the University of Bath.

FAO Faculty Finance Administrators - New one-off payment process

Purchasing Services & the Accounts Payable Team have introduced a new process for “ one off” payments. The Ad Hoc Supplier Process replaces the Sundry Payment process (using the Payment Voucher “ Orange Form”) currently used in the Payments Office.

Postgraduate Skills Training scores all time high

The University’s Postgraduate Skills development courses delivered by the Researcher Development Unit (RDU), part of the Learning & Teaching Enhancement Unit, have scored an all time high on student satisfaction for the 2010/11 programme.

Introduction of Manager Self Service (MSS) on iTrent HR & Payroll System

Please could all staff update all their records by 30 January 2012. We need everyone to check and correct their personal details so that the information on the iTrent system is as accurate and up-to-date as it can be.

Sports nutrition: match your meals with your sports training programme

Inside the Sports Cafe there is a Nutritional Information Point that gives our customers the opportunity to swot-up on what they should be eating during the day to get optimum health benefits.

PriDE Project: next steps to developing a digital environment

The discussions held by each Faculty Learning Community (FLC)have yielded a significant amount of extremely rich data which is now being analysed to inform the initial baselining audit report due for submission to JISC by 31 January 2012.

Five Bath alumni feature in Queen’s New Year Honours list

Congratulations to a number of University of Bath alumni who have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list this year.

Dr Julian Rose explains the solar storms taking place this week

Reports in the news this week have highlighted that the Earth is being bombarded by the strongest solar storm since 2005, with the Northern Lights seen as far south as Yorkshire.