University Founders Day 2016 celebrates a 50 year relationship with the city

At its annual Founders Day event held on Wednesday 9 March, the University of Bath, which was founded in 1966, celebrated the decision of the local council to allow some of its land to be used as a site for a new university campus in Bath. This was once again marked by the payment of a peppercorn to Bath & North East Somerset (BANES) Council in lieu of rent for its land on Claverton Down.

The day’s events included the annual meeting of the University Court, the Founders Day presentation and a public lecture jointly given by Bath graduates Dr Peter Bonfield Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment and Eur Ing Dawn Bonfield, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society. In their lecture ‘50/50: Towards a diverse and sustainable future’, Dawn and Peter shared their experiences and perspectives on how diversity and sustainability go hand in hand towards a better future.

In her Founders Day presentation, Professor Rajani Naidoo, Director of the University’s School of Management’s International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM) addressed the key challenges and innovative responses relating to the transformation of higher education in the 21st century.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “In the year in which we celebrate our 50th anniversary, it was especially important to recognise the close relationship between the city and this University. What began on the top of a hill overlooking the city is now a community of over 100,000 alumni across 160 countries with 16,000 students and over 3000 staff. We make a significant economic, sporting, cultural and social contribution to the city whose civic leaders, in 1966, had the foresight to support the creation of a University in Bath.’

More information about the University’s 50th anniversary celebratory programme of events can be found at

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