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New series of TEL-BYTES workshops

A full programme of professional development workshops for Semester One can now be booked.

Brexit update from Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks, Director of HR, writes about the support and guidance the University can offer.

Staff spotlight on… Sophie Oldacres

We spoke about 215 mile bike rides for charity, poetry and selling shoes.

Apply now to attend KickStart to HE Teaching Autumn 2019

An intensive and practical programme for those currently teaching/planning to teach next semester, exploring how research/professional expertise can inform your teaching.

Deputy Independent Advisors for PG Research Students

Could you be one of the University's Deputy Independent Advisors for PG Research Students?

School of Management Project Update

The enabling works are now complete in advance of the main works starting in early October 2019.

The changing external environment for research

Professor Jonathan Knight reflects on the changing external environment for research.

Pharmaceutical companies should disclose all payments

Although the payments are legal, experts say the lack of transparency is eroding public trust in healthcare in the UK.

Where does altruism come from?

Laurence Belcher and Philip Madgwick write for The Conversation on the origins of altruism and how 'greenbeard' genes could hold the answer.

A new diagnostic tool for Learning & Teaching

A new reflective, self-evaluating tool to support students' development has been created enabling staff to tailor this to meet their students' learning needs.

BUCS Super Rugby Anniversary Game 2019

The University of Bath Men’s 1st XV rugby team will take on Cardiff University in this years Anniversary Game, which is free, please register to attend.

Staff & student group chat, ride and roll onto campus

Over 70 staff and students rode in on a fresh September morning to claim their free breakfast for the University’s Cycle to Work Day.

May bank holiday 2020 moves to Friday 8 May

Change is to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day which takes place on 8 May.

‘Call My’ app to be withdrawn

The app will no longer be supported following a trial.

Recruitment & Selection for panel members (Oct 2019)

This course focuses on a structured, systematic approach to recruitment and selection with an emphasis on University policies and procedures.

Economics Workshop to Commemorate Professor John Hudson

The workshop celebrates the research of the late Professor John Hudson, Dept of Economics. The themes reflect his interests, particularly those in Development Macroeconomics, with papers on some of his final co-authored works, and studies by his PhD students.

A Brexit update from the Vice-Chancellor

As you will be aware, the current political process around the UK’s exit from the European Union has been fast-moving.

Ethical implications of internally-funded research

Professor Jonathan Knight's blog post focuses on the ethical implications of research.

A message from Professor Peter Lambert and Dr Cassie Wilson

New students will be arriving on campus on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September. We want to make sure they all feel welcome and supported.

Prioritisation is key to Sustainable Development Goals

First-of-its-kind mathematical study shows prioritisation could boost progress towards all the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Exercise your vocal cords at The Edge's brand new Choir

We’re thrilled to announce our first season of choir exclusively for University of Bath staff and postgraduates with Choir Leader, Matt Finch.

Leading thinkers to address alternative futures at policy event

This week's IPR Symposium 'This is Tomorrow' will discuss how policymakers are responding to major challenges from climate change to welfare reform.

Call for Nominations for Honorary Degrees

The Honorary Degrees Committee invites you to submit nominations for honorary degrees by 16 September 2019.

Environmental impact of takeaway boxes - BBC Inside Out West

Professor Matt Davidson, Department of Chemistry, talks about the environmental impact of takeaway boxes on BBC Inside Out West.

Research Professional training for researchers and support staff

Research Professional is visiting the University next Tuesday to showcase a new feature and provide training for users.

Process improvement (Oct & Dec 2019 course dates)

A practical workshop for managers prompting you to think differently about practices and processes and be inspired to develop and drive improved ways of working.

IPR welcomes new Visiting Fellow from South Korea

The IPR welcomes Young Cheol Ji to the University of Bath as a new Visiting Fellow.

New events toolkit now available

A new resource is available for staff who plan events as part of their role.

BA2 is back! Take a closer look

Discover what's inside the magazine for alumni and friends.

The Little Prince at The Edge

"A story of love and friendship for children and grown-ups alike!"

Nominate a team for "Day in the Life of..."

The Internal Communications team is starting a new initiative where we cover what "a day in the life" of various teams at the University looks like.

GCRF collaboration building lunch

For researchers interested in international development research and building interdisciplinary networks at Bath.

The Edge launches its Wellbeing Programme

Wake up and rejuvenate with mindful mornings, take some time to re-energize with lunchtime fitness, or find your calm with choir or life drawing classes.

Study links low language ability and poor mental health

A new study from our researchers with Stellenbosch University focuses on language acquisition for young people in Khayelitsha near Cape Town, South Africa.

Staff Spotlight on Dean Veall, Deputy Head of Public Engagement

We spoke about animals, bakeries and long distance swimming.

New Senate Effectiveness Review Steering Group

Senate is undertaking a review of its effectiveness.

IT Maintenance affects Linux.bath and GitHub, Tue 10 Sep

Visit our IT status page for more information.

Intercultural Understanding Community Launch

Interested in developing intercultural understanding in learning and teaching? Need practical solutions? Come along to the first meeting of our new community of practice.

Temporary car park closures for event this weekend

To accommodate the event, we will be temporarily closing the rear half of the East car park and the entire East Extension car park from 8pm on Friday 6 September.

Short placement experience in environmental biotechnology

Read about the work experience undertook by MEng Chemical Engineering undergraduate student Vicky Regan.

Retirement-Planning for the Future (Dec 2019)

For staff who are considering retiring in the next 3 year. This course will support you to prepare for the future.

Fashion brands’ business practices undermine progress

New report shows ethical aspirations are at odds with the reality of brands’ actions in the South Indian garment industry.

Process Improvement (11 Sept 2019)

This one day workshop encourages innovative thinking and will teach you how to apply tried and tested process improvement techniques that can make a positive difference in the working environment.

Centre for Applied Autism Research Annual Lecture 2019

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University: Autism and Sex Differences.

People can see beauty in complex mathematics

Ordinary people see beauty in complex mathematical arguments in the same way they can appreciate a beautiful landscape painting or a piano sonata.

£11.2 million grant to improve battery technology for electric vehicles

The research aims to improve the cost, performance and range of batteries used in electric vehicles.

Take part in research exploring hoarding and memory

We're looking for people with hoarding difficulties to take part in research so that we can improve treatment. You'll receive a voucher for your time.

Bath international funding schemes 2020 launch

The call invites applications for international partnerships in research, doctoral training, professional services and internationalising the curriculum.

Bath Scheme: Introductory Writing Day

The Bath Scheme enables and supports University of Bath staff who teach and support learning to gain HEA Fellowship.

‘The Maths of Life and Death’ by Dr Kit Yates

Dr Kit Yates from the Department of Mathematical Sciences sees his first popular science book; “The Maths of Life and Death” published this week.

New Tier 4 attendance monitoring and engagement policy

The new policy details our requirements to ensure we continue to sponsor international students.

Could environmental sustainability hinder quality of life?

Social wellbeing and community, not wider economy, uppermost in people’s concerns over sustainability policies.

Water Innovation and Research Centre (WIRC) poster session

We will be showcasing some of the cutting-edge water research being carried out in WIRC@Bath at this poster event - all welcome!

Change of format for unit mailing lists

On 1 September, there was a change to the format of unit mailing lists and groups; these will now incorporate the academic year.

Find out more about IAAPS

A recording of the IAAPS staff briefing event is now available for you to watch.

Price changes at University hospitality outlets

Our prices will be increasing in ahs food and drink outlets from 9 September 2019.

Few places available - SDPR training courses (Sept 2019)

Staff Development Performance Review (SDPR) training. Specific courses available for professional services and academic staff. Book your place using Employee Self-Service (ESS).

IPR welcomes students for September residentials

The IPR welcomes Masters in Public Policy and Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice students to the University this September.

Apply for an Alumni Fund grant

Don't miss out on this funding opportunity for your research or learning enhancement project - deadline 13 Sept.

Epic jail: inside the UK's optimised 'super-prison' warehouses

A Guardian article focusing on prison design features comments from Professor Yvonne Jewkes, SPS.

Free breakfast when you cycle to work on Tue 10 Sep

It doesn't matter if you cycle to work every day, or are just trying it for the first time.

Punit Shah (Psychology) provides expert comment

Research, published in JAMA Psychiatry, reports that the differences between individuals with autism and those without autism have decreased over time.

The China-US trade war: Has the trust gone?

Professor Richard Fairchild continues with his series for CGTN.

Arrivals Square to re-open on Monday 2 September

The Arrivals Square will re-open on Monday 2 September with normal bus services resuming.

Negative interest rate policies are backfiring – new research

Negative interest rate policies have been introduced to stimulate flagging economies but the unconventional monetary strategy may be doing more harm than good.

Art and engineering combine to smash piano world record

Children from schools across the UK smashed a piano-playing world record this week, with the help of engineers from the University of Bath.

Staff Spotlight on... Tom Mason, Social Media Manager

We spoke about Hamilton, Iceland and the Bristol Festival of Literature.

Practical experience for MSc students

A group of Sustainable Chemical Engineering MSc students and academic staff visited Wessex Water's Sutton Bingham Water Treatment Works in Yeovil.

UKRI Horizon 2020 guarantee

The government's guarantee to fund all successful eligible UK bids submitted to Horizon 2020 in the event of a no-deal brexit.

Network disruption, Tue 3 September, from 7am to 9am

The University network will be unavailable for approximately 5 minutes from 7am, followed by intermittent disruption until 9am.

Dr Steve Wharton reflects on life in a twinned town

Workers in twinned towns reflect on their parallel lives in this article from The Guardian. Scroll to the end to hear from Dr Steve Wharton, PoLIS.

SAMBa co-delivers Mexican-hosted ITT

The CDT in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa) has exported its problem formulation workshops to address challenges in Mexico.

Watch: Belong at Bath

Ahead of the start of Semester 1, our students, past and present, share their experiences of studying in Bath; our place for big beginnings.

Macroeconomics Network in the South West workshop

Join this workshop for research talks in the area of macroeconomics and finance.

Food outlet closures over bank holiday weekend

Over the bank holiday weekend (24-27 August), several of our campus restaurants and cafes will be closed.

Staff Spotlight on... Charlie Larkin, Institute for Policy Research

We talked about opera, Slovenia and books.

Your University Update is changing

Your weekly staff newsletter is changing.

Our University, Our Future

Professor Ian White introduces a university-wide engagement exercise.

Arrivals Square increased traffic

The contractors working on Arrivals Square will begin tarmacking the area on Friday 23 August, continuing the following week from Tuesday 27 August until Friday 30 August.

New Department of Policy, Planning and Compliance

A new Department of Policy, Planning and Compliance has been announced, alongside a new Strategic Governance team in place from 19 August 2019.

Women researchers at the UK Parliament

On 9th October 2019, this event will celebrate women researchers' impact on the UK Parliament, learn more about how to engage with Parliament as a researcher, and contribute ideas to strengthen Parliament's work with women researchers.

Carry your library card for access over the Bank Holiday weekend

Reminder from the Security team about building access over the Bank Holiday.

Do parties in UK have the strength to stop a no-deal Brexit?

Opinion piece by Richard Fairchild, associate professor at the Finance, School of Management

Dr Min Pan announced as new Senior Research Fellow

Dr Min Pan, Mech Eng, is announced as a new Senior Research Fellow from the Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust.

Welcome for Head of Strategic Governance

Emily Commander took up her new post on 19 August.

Join us to find out more about IAAPS

Find out more about IAAPS at this staff event taking place on Monday 2 September.

Road closure Tuesday 20 August

There will be a full road closure on the North Fire Road by the Department of Estates building on Tuesday 20 August between 10am and 2.30pm.

Wellbeing for our staff and student community

An update from Professor Bernie Morley, Heather Girling and Catherine Bailey.

Do you cycle to work?

Sign up to the Bicycle Users Group mailing list.

Mapping our international partnerships

International Relations Office and Library are taking part in a joint project to better understand the University’s international connections.

CDE to enter The Bath Dragon Boat Race

The Centre for Digital Entertainment students, academics and staff members are taking part in the 2019 Bath Dragon Boat Race to support Bath based charity, Designability.

The trade war game is never fun and a huge price will be paid

Dr Cassie Wilson appointed to new senior role

Dr Cassie Wilson has been appointed as Vice-President for Student Experience, and will focus on student experience, engagement and wellbeing.