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Rugby legend joins our Hall of Fame for Sport

Steve Borthwick today became the latest inductee into the University's Hall of Fame

Carry your card for access on Bank Holiday Monday

Library card activated doors that usually allow free access during office hours will remain on card access throughout Monday 1 May 2017.

Check out our free Public Lectures in May

These lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students. All are free unless otherwise stated.

University film scoops HE Oscar

A film by Simon Wharf and Roy Maconachie picked up a BUFVC Learning on Screen Award last night

University film scoops Higher Education Oscar

A film produced by Simon Wharf and Roy Maconachie last night picked up a BUFVC Learning on Screen Award at a ceremony held at the British Film Institute.

Lecture by Roy Maconachie - How 'fair' is Fairtrade? 3 May

Senior Lecturer in International Development, Roy Maconachie's research in sub-Saharan Africa explores the social, political and economic aspects of food production and natural resource management, and their relationships to wider societal change.

Trump’s first 100 days trigger political activism

Exercising on empty stomach is better

Exercising on an empty stomach is likely to bring important health benefits in how the body uses stored fat

Get the most out of exercise by working out on empty stomach

Exercising on an empty stomach is likely to bring important health benefits in how the body uses stored fat according to a new study from our health researchers.

Update on Doctoral College

The latest on pooling our collective expertise and resource into a specialist hub of doctoral provision

New Learning Commons opens

Norwood House Learning Commons has opened on campus, just in time for the May revision period

Academic Assembly meeting: 2 May

Next Tuesday's meeting (12.30pm) will include the Vice-Chancellor’s statutory address

Nominate your best finalist for Chancellor's Prize by Tue 2 May

There is still time to propose exceptional final-year undergraduates for the annual Chancellor's Prize.

Running effective meetings: Wed 24 May

In this session you will work through some practical steps to ensure future meetings have a purpose, feel collaborative and enable relationships to work.

Matthew Wills: Is macroevolution predictable? 17 May

In his inaugural lecture as Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, Matthew Wills will explore some possible answers to evolutionary questions.

French Presidential Election: our PoLIS experts in the media

Over the past few days, Drs Nicholas Startin and Aurélien Mondon (PoLIS) have featured in media coverage worldwide and have a busy week ahead, with engagements on both sides of the English Channel.

Bath named best in the South West for the second consecutive year

The University of Bath has been ranked 11th out of 129 UK universities by the Complete University Guide 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

Bath best in the South West for second year

We have been ranked 11th out of 129 UK universities by the Complete University Guide 2018

Science & mathematics in government: 9 May

Professor Bernard Silverman will be receiving an honorary degree & giving a lecture on Tue 9 May in the Edge

Please register to process at graduations

The closing date for staff to register attendance at the ceremonies & for booking gowns is 5 June

West of England Combined Authority Mayoral Election

There will be a polling station in the Library from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 4 May.

Big step forward in powered ankle prostheses

Andrew Plummer talks about a new prosthetic, developed by Chas A. Blatchford & Sons in collaboration with our Mechanical Engineering researchers,which combines an electric hydraulic system with an intricate pattern of sensors that allow amputees to climb slopes effortlessly and plant one of their feet firmly on the ground without dragging it behind - a common problem for all lower-limb prosthetic wearers.

Macron may win French election but turbulent waters ahead

Dr Susan Milner, Reader in European Politics (PoLIS), writes for London School of Economics blog

Computational Chemistry lecture: Wed 3 May

The University's annual David Parkin lecture will be delivered by Visiting Professor Vicente Moliner.

IPR blog - Great Repeal Bill & devolution: Thin end of the wedge?

Tomos Evans, PoLIS postgraduate research student, writes for the IPR blog

The Virgil Building official opening video

Students, staff and local contacts give their views on the benefits of our new city centre hub

Tiny ‘cages’ to keep vaccines safe

Researchers' discovery could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous places easier & cheaper

Testing the aerodynamics of drone wings

Hemant Chudasama's final-year project investigates methods to improve wing's lift characteristics

Bath graduate wins New York University thesis prize

Alastair Doggett, who graduated from Bath in 2013, received the Math Master's Thesis Prize 2017 for his work on probability theory with Professor Paul Bourgade.

Training for invigilators: Wed 10 May

This course is designed for all those involved in invigilating University of Bath examinations, regardless of experience.

France has not escaped Marine Le Pen just yet: CNN

Aurélien Mondon, senior lecturer in French and comparative politics, writes for CNN about the French elections.

Four-gold Guy brings fitting end to British Swimming Champs

Double Olympic medallist Guy, who moved his training base to the National Centre Bath in January, brought the curtain down on a successful 2017 British Swimming Championships by winning his fourth gold and an eighth title of the week for University of Bath-based swimmers.

Gregory Maio inaugural: The science of human values: Thu

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Gregory Maio (Psychology) will highlight evidence that there are strong similarities in values between cultures, despite widespread belief that values differ between cultures.

Tiny ‘cages’ to keep vaccine supplies safe

Vaccines and antibodies could be transported and stored without refrigeration by capturing them in tiny silica ‘cages’, a discovery which could make getting vital medicines to remote or dangerous places much easier, cheaper and safer.

Engage: public engagement in practice: Wed 3 May

An event to celebrate the diverse range of engaged research taking place across the University

Why Brexit will bring a boom in lobbying

An article co-authored by Tahiru Azaaviele Liedong (School of Management) has been published on The Conversation.

Windows 10 launched for all staff

Staff, please put in a request to Computing Services if you'd like Windows 10 on your work PC

'Ageing healthily' lecture on Sulis Minerva Day: 11 May

Dame Linda Partridge of Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing will be speaking at our Sulis Minerva Day

James Purnell, BBC in conversation with Prof Nick Pearce: 21 Jun

A discussion, organised by the IPR, on the BBC's new mandate is 'to act in the public interest, serving all audiences with impartial, high-quality and distinctive media content and services that inform, educate and entertain'.

Fantastic finish sees Team Bath Netball tame Dragons

Team Bath Netball produced a storming final quarter to finally tame a determined Celtic Dragons outfit and get back to winning ways in the Vitality Netball Superleague.

CSCT Summer Showcase: 10 & 11 Jul

Multidisciplinary conference on Sustainable Chemical Technologies for a Circular Economy

Aurelien Mondon appears on Australian ABC TV

Dr Aurelien Mondon (PoLIS) discusses the French election.

The challenges of becoming a 'sustainable consumer'

Ahead of Earth Day tomorrow, we republish an article where Dr Peter Nuttall and Professor Avi Shankar (School of Management) discuss how too much information can stop people from being sustainable consumers.

New Gold Scholarships move beyond financial support

A unique new scholarship from the University of Bath gives students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to build social and cultural capital as well as offering increased financial support during their studies.

Bold design wins Basil Spence project

Architecture & Civil Engineering students design railway stations to celebrate Oxford's literary heritage

The secrets of writing a political manifesto

Professor Nick Pearce (Director of the Institute for Policy Research) has been interviewed by BBC Radio 4.

National award for Brian Schofield

Our Head of Security Services has been honoured by Association of University Chief Security Officers

Going for Gold: University of Bath’s new scholarships move beyond financial support

A unique new scholarship from the University of Bath gives students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to build social and cultural capital as well as offering increased financial support during their studies.

Visit new IT Training suite in 6 West: Fri 5 May

Computing Services are holding an open event for staff between 1pm and 3pm.

Congrats to our latest HEA Fellows via the Bath Scheme

The Bath Scheme provides a route for experienced teaching staff to use their experience to gain a formal teaching qualification and gain nationally-recognised status: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy .

Death in the age of Facebook: CNET

Our experts from CDAS comment on new etiquettes for mourning in the landscape of social media

Exploring dance & virtual worlds: 22 Apr

Artists and scientists are collaborating to create amazing new experiences for dance audiences

Online unit evaluations are opening

Please encourage your students to complete their Semester 2 unit evaluations.

Free lectures on advances in cancer research

Two lectures are open to staff, students & public as part of our international cancer symposium tomorrow

Lunch & Learn: TurningPoint interactive polling

This free lunch event on 5 May is your chance to discover how Turning Technologies’ polling software can be used as a true pedagogical tool and network with peers.

Business students need new perspective not new framework

Two current students on our MSc in Sustainability & Management pose the question: Can we talk about business ethics being as important as business economics as part of a management degree?

IPR blog: Some manifesto matters

Professor Nick Pearce, Director of IPR, shares some thoughts on the forthcoming general election.

UNICEF database to map expertise

Research collaboration with UNICEF to map expertise in social policy across Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

Free 3-month gym membership for men aged 65 to 80

We're looking for men aged 65 to 80 for a new study to help us understand more about what happens when we can’t be active for a few weeks.

Biased bots: Human prejudices sneak into AI systems

In a new study published in Science researchers have demonstrated how machines can be reflections of us and acquire human-like biases.

Human biases sneak into AI systems

Researchers demonstrate how machines can be reflections of us & acquire human-like prejudices

New insights into the molecular processes of immune regulation

Researchers from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology have made an important discovery that might lead to novel therapies to combat chronic inflammation.

UNICEF database project to map MENA social policy expertise

Our new research collaboration with UNICEF aims to map expertise in social policy across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Congratulations to colleagues completing the Bath Course

The Bath Course in Enhancing Academic Practice provides HEA accredited professional development for new lecturers and teaching fellows at the university, leading to Associate/Fellow of the HEA status.

Launch: Impact Acceleration Account (IAA)

"Our researchers will use this fund to develop closer links with those who can use their research & expertise”

Women in Leadership course is 'challenging & refreshing'

This will be the first programme of its kind to run out of the University's new London facility in Pall Mall.

Update from Senate - 5 April 2017

A summary of issues discussed at the recent meeting of the University Senate.

EPSRC science photography contest

Two researchers from Physics have come runners up in a national science photography competition

IPR blog: New nationalism and old ideologies

Dr Sivamohan Valluvan, Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Manchester, writes for the IPR blog.

Bars & Eateries opening hours over Easter vacation

The Virgil Building is closed over the Easter weekend. Bars and eateries have limited opening hours from 8 to 23 April.

French Ambassador visits campus

A delegation from the French Embassy in London met PoLIS students & researchers last week

Are managers learning about sustainability?

Do business schools make good on their promises to deliver responsible management education?

Nominations for best postgrad research student

Ede & Ravenscroft Prize nominations are now open, until Wednesday 26 April 2017

Get the most out of BoB (on demand TV & radio): 11 May

The academically-focused system allows staff and students at subscribing institutions to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search their extensive archive.

PhD student wins scholarship for research in visual computing

Computer Science PhD student Tobias Bertel has been awarded a prestigious scholarship from The Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust which recognises and rewards promising junior research students.

Embassy visit brings French Ambassador to Bath for the first time

We welcomed Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the UK, to campus last week meetings with PoLIS staff and students.

Free online learning for all staff

Log in to access 2000+ resources: build your self-confidence, manage conflict, assess your creativity

Joint Stellenbosch conference to explore inclusive development

Professor Rajani Naidoo, co-organiser, hopes the conference will encourage constructive dialogue on a new 'social contract' between governments, citizens, higher education and corporations.

Socio-economics of entering graduate job market: 4 May

Graduate status for students from lower-income families does not always enable them to enter prestigious professional careers on an equal footing with better-off peers.

Promiscuity slows down evolution

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations

New research network launches ‘A Field Guide to Fake News’

A new guide to fake news has been launched by the Public Data Lab - the network co-founded by IPR Prize Fellow Dr Jonathan Gray.

Kaleidoscope: LGBT+ group enjoys successful first meet

About 25 people pitched up to the Hall and Woodhouse in central Bath for a casual get together to meet new faces, introduce ourselves and break the ice.

Carry your card for access over Easter

From midnight on Thursday 13 April 2017, Library card activated doors that usually allow free access during office hours will revert to card access for entry.
The doors will remain this way until Wednesday 19 April when the University re-opens after the Easter period.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

New supplier for University Print Service

After a competitive tendering process, Sharp will provide the Uni's new service for printing, copying & scanning

Podcast - Impact in Rugby Union: tackling safety with science

In this podcast of his inaugural lecture, Professor Stokes explore injury risk in Rugby Union from schoolboy level through to professional players.

New research collaboration launches ‘A Field Guide to Fake News’

A new guide to fake news has been launched by the Public Data Lab - the network co-founded by IPR Prize Fellow Dr Jonathan Gray.

Promiscuity slows down evolution of new species

Promiscuity mixes up the gene pool and dilutes genetic differences between populations, slowing down the evolution of new species, says new research by an international team led by the University’s Milner Centre for Evolution.

First Modern Building Design MOOC a success

Over 4,600 learners from across the world signed up to take part in a new and free online course delivered by the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

DCarb students from Engineering & Design share insights

Our students from the CDT in Decarbonisation of the Built Environment blog about what they are up to - from outreach to research projects.

Welcome to new staff who joined us in March

The new starters update gives the name, job title & department of all new members of staff who started with us in March 2017. Enjoy your time at the University!

CLT Launch + Lunch: Thu 4 May

Come & meet reps of the four teams within the Centre for Learning & Teaching at the official launch

I-SEE: Energy systems models & the role of hydrogen

The workshop on 18 & 19 May will bring together international experts on energy systems modelling & hydrogen

Prince Harry visits RFU Injured Players

HRH Prince Harry joined us on campus to meet our rugby science team as part of the Invictus Games trials

University hosts Invictus Games trials for second year running

The University today welcomed HRH Prince Harry and UK Invictus Games athletic hopefuls.

Prince Harry visits RFU Injured Players Foundation at University

HRH Prince Harry was on campus today meeting our rugby science team as part of the Invictus Games UK team trials.

Let’s Talk: thanks for taking part

The recording of our Let's Talk all staff meeting on Thursday is now available to watch online

‘Economic imperative’ of social mobility for Brexit Britain

Education Secretary Justine Greening MP was a keynote speaker at last week's CASP Bath / Social Mobility Commission event in Lodnon.

Invictus Games trials come to University

The STV is hosting 3,000 athletes & 150 staff from across the country for the three-day event

SAGE – IPR partnership to launch new Public Data Lab

SAGE Publishing is partnering with the Institute of Policy Research to launch a new Public Data Lab which will support advances in social science research and digital methods.

What are you waiting for? Become a career activist: 10 May

Learn how to avoid common career pitfalls like working hard and hoping someone will notice and become a proactive career activist, taking control of your own path, on this inspiring and practical workshop.

Guided Tour of Iford Manor Garden: Sat 15 Jul

Join Omnibus for an exclusive tour of the garden followed by a glass of wine/soft drink and light refreshments, and a chance to explore the garden further before it opens to the public.

Over £8,000 raised so far by Bath RAG’s Edinburgh Hitch

On Friday 31 March, 22 pairs of students set off from the SU Volunteering Office with the challenge of hitchhiking all the way to Edinburgh Castle (385 miles).

Education Secretary underlines ‘economic imperative’ of social mobility for Brexit Britain

Education Secretary Justine Greening MP was a keynote speaker at last week's CASP Bath / Social Mobility Commission event in Lodnon.

Chancellor's Prize for best undergraduate

Please nominate exceptional finalists for this year's Chancellor's Prize by noon on Tuesday 2 May

Physics researchers recognised in national science photography contest

Two researchers from the Department of Physics have come runners up in a national science photography competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Change a student's life this summer

Academics & PhD students are invited to offer Nuffield Research Placements to budding researcher Year 12s

Lunch event to launch new £1.4m IAA award: Wed 12 Apr

Come along to find out about the award criteria and how to apply, with an opportunity to ask questions and discuss your ideas with the Research Impact and Commercialisation team in RIS. (Lunch provided)

Students jet off to New York to represent UK

15 of our students have won the UK round of the ICCA - International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella

Association of MBAs (AMBA) reaccredits our MBA for five years

The AMBA panel praised the School of Management for its research strength; the unity of the senior management team; the strong pastoral care given to MBA students; and the national & gender diversity of MBA students.

2nd KTP with Seiche rated ‘Outstanding’

Another Knowledge Transfer Partnership has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by Innovate UK

Part closure of East car park for Invictus Trials: 7–9 Apr

Due to the forthcoming Help for Heroes Invictus Trials, the centre eight rows of the East car park will be closed off and reserved for disabled athletes this weekend (7–9 April).

Lung probe to cut antibiotic overuse in ICU

A new probe that rapidly spots lung infections could help prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics

New book - 50 Years of Economics at Bath: a personal view

Colin Lawson, Honorary Reader & long-term member of staff in the Department of Economics, gives a personal account of how Bath has grown to become ranked in the top 10 in the UK for Economics.

Can Labour party rise to task of challenging Brexit?

Nick Pearce, Director of IPR, writes for New Statesman: Without strong parliamentary leadership and clearer direction from Labour, a broad-based challenge to hard Brexit will be impossible.

Matching autistic people with technology resources

Mark Brosnan discusses some of the challenges and solutions for parents and carers of autistic people, and shares more about the course Smart-ASD: Matching Autistic People with Technology Resources.

Preview of VC's report to Senate on 5 Apr

1. Higher Education and Research Bill

Help needed at our Uni of Bath Festival

Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor about helping out at our Festival on Sat 6 May

Opposing Europe in a time of crisis

Dr Nicholas Startin, Senior Lecturer in French & European Politics and Head of PoLIS, writes for the IPR blog

Equality & Diversity: Staff Survey actions

A report on actions that have been taken following the findings of the 2016 Staff Survey

Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules

University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics.

Wellies at the ready: Team building in the wilderness

Alison Ryder and Megan Stalker sum up CSCT Cohort 2016's three-day team building residential at Magdalen Farm where they experienced a diverse landscape, connected with nature and learnt from sustainable living.

Improve your skills - Formatting in Word: Thu 13 Apr

Free course for staff

The Virgil Building: official opening today

The Bath Chronicle covers our city centre facility ahead of our official opening event this afternoon

Bath students to represent UK in international singing championship

A group of 15 of our students is jetting off to New York later this month to represent the UK at the finals of an international singing competition after coming first place in the UK round of the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).

Bath hosts first ever UK Wetskills event

The University of Bath’s Water Innovation & Research Centre (WIRC @ Bath) is hosting the UK’s first Wetskills Water Challenge.

Lung probe that spots infections aims to cut antibiotic overuse

A new imaging tool that rapidly diagnoses bacterial lung infections could help prevent unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units.

Nanoscopic golden springs could unravel twisted molecules

University of Bath scientists have used gold spring-shaped coils 5,000 times thinner than human hairs and powerful lasers to enable the detection of twisted molecules, and the applications could improve pharmaceutical design, telecommunications and nanorobotics.

Online system for hourly paid workers

Today sees see the launch of a new online process for engaging hourly paid workers

Ri Impact Report on Saiful Islam's Christmas Lectures

The Royal Institution analyses the reach of the 2016 Christmas Lecture series

The Milner Centre for Evolution project update

A report on how the new build is progressing.

One Young World event puts Bath on the map

Over 70 people joined us on campus for a celebration of One Young World – an organisation that brings together inspiring young leaders to foster lasting connections and positive change.

Links between cybercrime & autistic traits

Our new study, launching today, will assess the links between autism and autistic-like traits & cybercrime

Social workers can heal society's deep divisions

Professor Anna Scheyett, Dean of the University of Georgia School of Social Work, writes for The Guardian after attending our Social Work Conference in London.

A semester abroad in Brisbane, Australia

Third-year Chemical Engineering student Nicky Morris is spending the semester at the University of Queensland.

New study to investigate links between cybercrime and autistic traits

Our new study, launching today, will assess the links between autism and autistic-like traits and cybercrime.

HSS staff visit Colombian colleagues

David Galbreath leads a delegation to the Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAL) in Bogota

Message from Professor Peter Lambert about Brexit - Article 50

Dear student,

One Young World event puts Bath on the map

Over 70 people joined us on campus last Saturday for a celebration of One Young World.

Revised health and safety policy

University Council has approved a revised health and safety policy statement and policy

£1.8m for Social Enterprise & Innovation

The University is leading a £1.8m project supporting start-up & existing social enterprises in the region

Brexit likely to increase modern slavery in the UK

Andrew Crane blogs: Theresa May’s historic signing of Article 50 looks set to be her lasting legacy as Prime Minister, but it is also likely to derail her other signature policy on modern slavery.

First meet up of LGBT+ group: Thu 6 Apr from 6pm

No need to register, just drop in.

Bath Spa train station weekend closures from 8 Apr

During the Easter period (8-23 April) Network Rail will be undertaking rail improvement work in the Bath area impacting on the ability of GWR to operate the usual train service.

Do you employ exceptional students in your department?

The Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY) recognises and promotes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work with their study commitments. This is a great way to reward your students for their hard work.

Happy retirement to Phil Auger

In his 10 years as Energy Engineer at the University, he has played a key part in cutting our carbon footprint by 16% (despite the enormous growth in our estate) and has helped save £1.5 million on our energy bills.