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The Duke with Mamta Bhattacharyya (left) and Rachael Selley, Senior Project Officer
The Duke with Mamta Bhattacharyya (left) and Rachael Selley, Senior Project Officer
Children on the 'pong to playstation' console exhibition
Children on the 'pong to playstation' console exhibition
The Duke meets the Vice-Chancellor
The Duke meets the Vice-Chancellor
The Duke with Simon Webb and Jeremy Holt in the Museum
The Duke with Simon Webb and Jeremy Holt in the Museum
The Duke (in the background) sees  Tanya Baker, creche supervisor, at work
The Duke (in the background) sees Tanya Baker, creche supervisor, at work

Press Release - 12 April 2007

Technology and enterprise greet the Duke of Kent at Oakfield

The Duke of Kent discovered technology, enterprise and community business activities at the University of Bath in Swindon when he met staff, students and entrepreneurs on a visit to the campus today,Thursday 12 April.

He first explored the history of technology in a visit to the Museum of Computing where he was introduced to the museum’s founder, Jeremy Holt and its curator Simon Webb.

The museum’s volunteers explained their work, as tour guides, collections manager and magazine editor. Local children demonstrated the fun of the museum’s current hands-on exhibition, Pong to Playstation.

The Duke met the museum’s principal sponsors, Intel, represented by John Woodget, Managing Director of Intel Corp UK Ltd, and Jim Murray, Technical Marketing Engineer, before signing the museum’s visitor book.

Dr Faith Butt, Director of the Oakfield campus, said: “The University is delighted to provide accommodation to the museum and we look forward to working with them and Intel as an ongoing partnership.”

The Duke then visited the University’s Innovation Centre, where he met manager Phil Merrick, who told him about the business mentoring and guidance it provides to new science and technology based business start-ups and the centre’s contribution to Swindon’s economy.

He met the businessmen behind three of the enterprises currently thriving at the centre. Phil Davies, founder of Telescratch demonstrated his unique ‘scratch and reveal’ technology for mobile phone marketing campaigns. Brothers Stacey and Simon Cady introduced their respective companies SICA Solutions, specialising in SMART interactive technology, including sports analysis software, and Nemesis Scientific, a leading UK company offering a package of workplace drug and alcohol tests, training and policy guidance.

The University’s Business Hub then introduced three of its women students who have successfully set up their own small businesses as a result of its Women into Enterprise training programme and associated crèche facilities provided by Swindon Child Carers.

Mamta Bhattacharyya explained to the Duke how the course gives her the skills to be able to pursue her own company, Rasoi -Hindi for Indian kitchen- offering Indian cookery lessons at home.

“It was fantastic to be able to talk to the Duke about my company and Indian cuisine,” said Mrs Bhattacharyya. “It was probably novel to him and it’s a great way to show how multi-cultural and multi-dimensional the university is. The University really promotes equality and diversity and I was pleased to be able to be a part of the visit today.”

Marie Jones intrigued the Duke with a selection of children’s party products that illustrate her company Celebration Party Supplies, a service she offers for children’s parties and other occasions. Mrs Jones explained to the Duke how the course had given her the courage and know-how to embark on her own business, fitting it around her children and home life. Describing the company as a wonderful idea, the Duke said it was marvellous that she had been able to set up the company on her own.

Angela Richardson explained the background to her company Realia which helps schools to provide support for new pupils with English as an additional language.

The Duke was hosted on his visit by Professor Glynis Breakwell, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, and Dr Faith Butt, Director of the campus. The Lord Lieutenant, The High Sheriff of Wiltshire, Mrs Geraldine Wimble and The Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Mike Bawden, and his wife, escorted the Duke on his visit.


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