Archive for February 2012

Bath mathematicians join the fight against diabetes

Statisticians from our Department of Mathematical Sciences are working as part of a major 45 million Euro project to help improve the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
The DIRECT (“DIabetes REsearCh for patient straTification”) consortium joins scientists and clinicians working in academia with the pharmaceutical industry to tackle the current bottlenecks in diabetes drug development and to tailor treatment to individual patients, an approach called personalised medicine. Professor Christopher Jennison, a statistician in the University’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, will be involved in designing the clinical trials for the project.

Help us tell the Olympic and Paralympic story

In the run up to London 2012 we hope to bring some of the excitement of the Games to the University website by featuring the athletes, staff and students at Bath who will be part of the Olympic and Paralympic story. We'd love to hear from you if you're involved.

Staff Survey update: workload & bureaucracy

Alison Price reports on progress made so far to improve issues associated with workload and bureaucracy as identified in the Staff Survey 2011.

The past, present and future of public libraries

University of Bath librarian Howard Nicholson will provide an outline of the history of public libraries in a free public lecture at the University on 7 March.

Kris Shah - Funeral details

The funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium on Tuesday 6 March, at 1pm, followed by a gathering at the Bathwick Boatman from 2pm.

Robot Grand Prix

School and college students from all over the South West explored the technology behind robotics and computer games as part of an aspirational workshop run by the University.The youngsters, aged 14-19, built robots out of Lego and designed computer games during a three-day workshop

How training gets your fat fit

Researchers at the Universities of Bath, Oxford and Toulouse have been looking at how adipose tissue (fat) plays a dynamic and active role during exercise and physical activity.

Apps Crunch: The Finale

Students will pitch for the chance to turn ideas for mobile apps into software reality, at the final of the Students' Union's Apps Crunch competition on Thursday 8 March (6-8pm East building).

Researchers investigate if state provides enough support for funeral costs

Researchers at the University of Bath are appealing to people in Scotland and Wales to help them investigate whether the Government is giving enough financial support to allow everyone to provide a basic funeral for their loved ones.

New research to gauge mental workload of pharmacists

A PhD student from the University's Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology has been awarded funding of £41,000 to look into the relationship between the mental workload of pharmacists and the rate of dispensing errors.

Buckingham Palace hosts Queen's Anniversary Prize ceremony

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Chancellor Lord Christopher Tugendhat, and colleagues and students from the University's Department of Social and Policy Sciences attended Buckingham Palace on Friday, 24 February to receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education from Her Majesty the Queen.

You’re talking, we’re listening

Feedback in the Staff Survey has led to the creation of an internal communications action plan and the launch of our new ‘You’re talking, we’re listening’ initiative.

Stock market stereotypes undervalue female directors in the short-term

New research into how the stock market perceives the capabilities of female company directors finds that an initial negative response by investors is overturned in the longer term, once markets respond to corporate performance rather than stereotypes.

New KTA film with Chris McMahon: Structuring engineering data

A KTA film about a collaboration between Chris McMahon (Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Babcock International Group. The study looked at ways of finding patterns in unstructured engineering data with the aim of improving engineering practice with complex assets.

Research in the World public lecture: ‘From both sides now': reflections on poverty research and politics

The Honorary President of the Child Poverty Action Group, Baroness Ruth Lister, will give a unique insight into poverty research in the UK at a free public lecture at the University of Bath on 15 March. Baroness Lister CBE, who is Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University and a Labour peer, will talk about how research is, and is not, used in the political and policy process.

Graduate pitches for a place in national enterprise awards

A Bath graduate with an innovative audio enhancement product is through to the South West finals of the Lloyds TSB enterprise awards, to be held in Bristol on Tuesday 21 February.

Interested in becoming a Resident Tutor?

Resident Tutor positions are for members of staff or postgraduate students. Being a Resident Tutor entitles you to furnished accommodation without charge.

Good news about autism – Biology & Biochemistry’s annual Postgraduate Inspirational Lecture

This year’s lecture will be delivered by Professor Martin Raff and is entitled: "Good news about autism". Professor Raff's seminar will have broad appeal and all are invited to attend. The lecture is on Tuesday 21 February, 1.15pm 3WN2.1

Top investment in Bath's student volunteers

University of Bath’s Students’ Union (BUSU) has successfully undergone its renewal of the Investing in Volunteers (IIV) Award.

Volunteers needed: Do you suffer from headaches?

Researchers at the Centre for Pain Research are interested in seeing how headaches may affects how well people can concentrate and perform tasks. We would therefore like to hear from healthy adults who experience occasional headaches, but are not on any prescription medication or seeking medical help for your headaches.