Raising our profile – Message from the Vice-Chancellor

A message from Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

Dear colleagues,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have worked so hard over the summer, particularly in these last few weeks, to make improvements to our campus ahead of this Saturday’s Open Day and the start of the new academic year. A thank you also to those staff who continued to provide services and support during the various periods of disruption. Our new look Fresh shop is now open and the new Santander branch and University shop will soon follow.

We have more exciting plans for future major investment in our campus infrastructure over the next two to three years:

The University is expecting to welcome over 5,000 visitors at this weekend’s Open Day. Prospective students and their families will be getting their first impressions of our campus and the city to see what we can offer. Creating a positive image and making visitors feel welcome is incredibly important, and I am very grateful to all those staff who have volunteered to work on Saturday to make this happen.

I would have liked to have been there in person to thank you but I will be representing the University of Bath on the other side of the world in South Korea. I am leading a delegation of higher education representatives on an education and research collaboration visit to the country which has been organised by the British Council Korea in partnership with British Embassy Seoul.

The four day trip aims to raise the public profile of world-class research-led UK universities in Korea; develop innovative ways for UK universities to partner with Korean universities and industry on research collaboration; and enhance student mobility and academic exchange between UK and Korean academics and research institutions.

This is an excellent opportunity to raise Bath’s profile as a leading UK university and identify collaboration links in one of Asia’s most affluent countries. We will be meeting with government ministers, higher education and business leaders, and I will also be doing interviews with two Korean national media outlets.

This visit comes in the same week the University signed a memorandum of understanding with leading Brazilian university - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). A senior delegation from Bath is already being planned to visit USP in November to discuss potential collaborations with a return visit from USP researchers also planned: Both events show the continuing efforts we are making to strengthen our international profile.

In the meantime I hope the Open Day is as successful as last year and thank everyone who is involved. 

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

Vice-Chancellor

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