Archive for October 2012

Welcoming international visitors from Norway, China & India

The University hosted several campus visits by school teachers, school counsellors and students from schools in Norway, China, and India in October. The visits were organised by the International Office in conjunction with the Higher Education Advice Team.

Natural Sciences graduate wins brace of British sailing awards

University of Bath graduate Alexandra Rickham has collected a pair of top titles at the Skandia Team GBR annual prize giving dinner. Together with her partner, Nikki Birrell the pair were awarded the inaugural RYA Paralympic Classes Athlete of the Year trophy as well as collecting the overall Skandia Team GBR Athlete of the Year title.

University of Bath withdraws from membership of the 1994 Group

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, has informed the Chair of the 1994 Group of universities, Professor Michael Farthing, of the University's decision to withdraw from membership of the 1994 Group.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor - University withdraws from 1994 Group

A message from Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

Wellcome Trust to fund new bio-imaging facilities

Researchers from our University have been awarded new funding that will extend and develop the range of imaging facilities in the University’s Bio-imaging Suite in the Microscopy and Analysis Suite (MAS).

Reports from Senate & Council - October 2012

Report of items discussed at the recent meeting of University Council.

When the heat is on, water travels uphill

Physicists at the University have been investigating a strange phenomenon that allows water droplets to levitate and even climb uphill. Undergraduate physics students Alex Grounds and Richard Still, looked at how droplets travel on different textured surfaces, heated at varying temperatures. They found that they could change the direction of the droplets’ movement by changing the temperature of the ratcheted surface. They also found that the sharper the teeth of the ratchets, the steeper the incline the droplets could climb.

New research project to increase recycling of electronic devices

Dr Janet Scott, Group Leader in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, is leader of a team awarded a £1.25M grant from a recent EPSRC sandpit, for a project called CLEVER, to optimise recovery and reuse of components in portable electronic devices.

Fair trade: research shows some companies are better at playing fair

Companies using the Fairtrade Mark* demonstrate different types of commitment to the fair trade movement and therefore their impact on producers in developing countries is not the same, according to a new review from the University of Bath.

Public lecture: Archaeology, common rights and the origins of ‘Britishness’

A free public lecture will explore the ancient right of commoning and its associated values of what it means to be British, at the University on Wednesday 31 October.

The new Internal Homepage – help us make it happen

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Internal Homepage survey – all 240 of you.

Tickets now available for Bath's biggest firework display!

Bath RAG, in collaboration with Bath Rotary Club, are organising the city's biggest firework display at the Recreation Ground on Saturday 3 November 2012.

Uni works towards Quality Mark for our care leaver provision

The University is currently working towards obtaining a Quality Mark for our care leaver provision from Buttle UK. The Widening Participation Office is co-ordinating the University’s application for the Quality Mark which involves Faculties, Academic and Support Departments and the Students’ Union.

Volunteers needed to help understand effects of ageing on muscle strength

Researchers from the Department for Health are looking for volunteers to take part in a study to help them understand more about the effect of ageing on our muscles.

Pro-Vice-Chancellors visit Chemistry

A message from Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research): We were very pleased to be invited back by the Department of Chemistry on Monday 15 October after our visit last year, which proved to be very useful.

Electricity networks sector debates four key challenges

Key participants in the electricity networks sector have met at the University in order to highlight the central challenges to the imminent roll-out of smarter electricity networks in the UK.

Vacancy for Head of Department of Chemistry: Invitation for expressions of interest

Please submit your expression of interest by Friday 2 November 2012 either by internal mail or email to Director of Human Resources Ian Cheetham.

Research in the World lecture asks how to keep robots ethical

Professor Alan Winfield from the Bristol Robotics Lab will put the case for a new ethical code for roboticists, in a free public lecture at the University on Tuesday 20 November.

Volunteers needed for research into health messages in the media

Volunteers are needed to take part in a survey that aims to find out what health messages we get from the media about our weight.

Changes to casual workers' rates of pay

The Vice-Chancellor’s Group has agreed to remove the lowest casual worker rate of pay with effect from
1 October 2012. This means that casual jobs paid at the lowest rate of £4.98 per hour were increased to £6.19 per hour from 1 October 2012.