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"The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet."

, Ancient Greek Philosopher (384 BC – 322 BC)



1 July 2011


HE news

Documents now available regarding HE White Paper
The Government's Higher Education White Paper has now been published and is available for public consumption online.

Bath moves up to 12th in The Times league table
The University has been ranked 12th in the UK by The Times Good University Guide 2012 – one place higher than its position last year. We are also featured as eighth in the UK for universities targeted by the largest number of key employers in 2010-11.


Campus news

Summer degree ceremonies to take place at Bath Abbey next week
The University’s 2011 summer degree award ceremonies take place next week, with more than 2,000 students expected to attend at the city’s Abbey. The ten ceremonies will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (5, 6, & 7 July), with awards made to nine honorary graduates for outstanding achievements spanning the fields of arts, science and medicine, engineering, business and policy-making.

Largest solar panels in Bath installed on new East Building
The newly opened East Building, home to the Department of Computer Science, has recently had the largest set of solar panels in Bath installed. The panels will generate electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of six houses and will offset approximately ten per-cent of the carbon emissions of the building, which has been built to the highest ecological standards and contains a 350 seat lecture theatre.

Moog MBA scholarship funding extended
The decision of Moog Inc. to sign an agreement extending its support of the Moog MBA Scholarship run by the School of Management for a further period and also to increase the scholarship’s value, has been warmly welcomed. The full-time MBA degree at the University attracts applicants from around the world and the Moog Scholarship is open to all students accepted to study on this programme. The current Moog MBA Scholar is Juan Santa from Medellín, Columbia.


Student news

Language student wins the French X Factor
Matthew Raymond-Barker (Modern Languages & European Studies - French & Spanish student) has been named the winner of the French version of the X-factor. Matthew who previously entered the British version, was announced as the show's winner during Tuesday evening's final. You can see the announcement of Matthew's victory on

Bath’s Student Union present to national e-Learning Forum
On Wednesday (22 June) Bath’s Student Union Vice President for Education, Matt Benka, presented the outcomes of the NUS/HEFCE report on Student Perspectives on Technology to the Heads of e-Learning Forum (HeLF) at the University of Wolverhampton. The presentation went very well and the full NUS/HEFCE Report - Student Perspectives on Technology is available.

Student cycles Premier League grounds in memory of mum
Nineteen year-old student Will Procter (Sports Science first year) will cycle 950 miles to visit each of the 20 football clubs of the Premier League to raise money for Cancer Research UK. He is raising the money in memory of his mum Hazel who died of breast cancer last year. To make a donation to cancer research please visit Will’s Just Giving page or text “TRTB63 £x” to 70070, replacing the x with the amount you wish to donate.

Prize winning student wants to showcase engineering
Maria Xi Zhang, a PhD student, who won the Shine! Award for Best International Student for the Southwest of England from the British Council, has had her achievement recognised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Maria believes it is very important an engineer has won the prize, which is usually dominated by social science & management students. She now hopes to take engineering to a wider audience.




Moving all wireless devices over to eduroam
Following the introduction of the recommended wireless service 'eduroam', we will shortly be retiring the 'bucs-wism' wireless service. Computing Services strongly recommend that people currently using bucs-wism should set-up their wireless devices to use eduroam as soon as possible, before we remove bucs-wism.

RT (request tracker) will be temporarily unavailable Tuesday 5 July
RT (request tracker) will be unavailable on Tuesday 5 July, between 7am and 9am during our ‘at risk’ period. Although we hope it will only be down for a short period, it should be expected to be out of action for the whole of the
at-risk period .

Coming soon: updated version of Thunderbird
Over the coming weeks Computing Services are starting to roll out an updated version of Thunderbird to most centrally managed (or 'Active Directory') PCs. Following the upgrade, the Thunderbird shortcut on desktops will no longer be connected to Thunderbird and will not open it; instead users will get an error message pop up. To address this, you will need to create a new shortcut to the updated version of Thunderbird.

Research Council UK:

New information about Research Council reporting requirements Autumn 2011
The Research Outcomes Project is RCUK's common approach to collecting details of the outcomes and impact of their funded research. The new approach was agreed in July 2010 and is on course to go live this Autumn. Emails will be sent to all PIs to tell them about the system, grants that need to be reported on, and any other requirements. More information can be found on the RCUK website or by contacting Katy McKen, Research Information Manager.

New rules for RCUK equipment requests
As a result of a RCUK report, the way equipment is to be requested from Research Councils has now changed. This means equipment under £10k will now be classed as 'consumables'. Equipment between £10K and €125K requires a University contribution of 50% and that we check we don't already have that piece of equipment. Equipment above €125K will require an additional business case. To help with these rules the RDSO recently set up a new web page for 'Requesting a contribution'.


Changes to University pension scheme coming in the autumn 1 October
Several important changes are being made to the pension schemes of USS members a summary of the changes is now available as a Pdf.

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Events & deadlines

Funding call: Technology Commercialisation Campaign Friday 1 July
Bath Ventures has opened the call for applications in this year's Technology Commercialisation Campaign. The award will provide financial support of up to £50k to further develop ideas that have commercial potential. For an application form e-mail Sean Smith or see the Bath Ventures website for further info and the Technology Transfer team's contact information.

Day of events planned to mark first birthday of H&SS Thursday 7 July
All postgraduate students and staff in the departments of Economics, Education, European Studies & Modern Languages (ESML), Health, Psychology and Social & Policy Sciences (SPS) are welcome to the H&SS summer celebration. The event will mark the faculty's first birthday. To attend contact Jose DiBella for your free ticket.

Call for Marie Curie Fellowship applications Thursday 11 August
Those wishing to apply to the RDSO for the Marie Curie fellowship should be aware that all applications must be received by the above deadline. Contact Ritchie Head if you require any assistance or practical help in building your proposal or refining your draft. Details of the call can be found via the UK Research Office (UKRO) website.

Past events:

Talk gives entrepreneurial inspiration to academics
A talk at the University given by ex-Dragon’s Den investor Doug Richards was hailed a success by academics who left inspired with new ideas and ways of turning their research into business opportunities. The lecture, The Entrepreneurial Academic, was organised by Bath Ventures as part of its annual technology commercialisation campaign.

Open Day pics!
Pictures from last week's (Thursday 23 June) open day are now available to be view as an online gallery.



Volunteers required for sport, disability and art project - Thursday 7 July
Academics from our Education department have begun a project working with artists to help express what sport and physical activity means to disabled people through a variety of different artistic mediums. They are looking to recruit young disabled people, and those who work with them, to an innovative project that will develop understanding of the relationships between sport, health, physical activity and identity. Those interested in taking part are invited to attend a briefing meeting on the afternoon of Thursday 7 July. For more information please email Jill Porter or call 6857, or email Michael Silk or call 4042.

Volunteers required: would you like to know your hormone response to resistance exercise?
A research study into hormone response to resistance exercise is currently being run by the Sport, Health & Exercise Science Group in the Department for Health. They are looking to recruit male participants aged between 18 and 35 years who have been weight training regularly for at least the last two years. Participants will be asked to complete two resistance training protocols four times each with testing conducted before and after the sessions.


In the media

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Work perks

Omnibus staff society

Organic vegetable boxes available throughout the summer
The incredibly successful student run fruit and veg box cooperative which only took place in undergraduate term time will now be running over the summer as well. Deliveries will happen every two weeks, reduced from the normal weekly rate. A range of boxes, with different contents, are available to order in either £8.50 or £11 boxes. Recently eggs have also been available at £1.50/half dozen. Customers collect boxes from a central location on campus. Email for further details.


Training & development

PhD supervision: the process - Tuesday 19 July
This course will help (potential) research supervisors investigate the process of supervision from selection to viva. Participants will work in small groups and complete plenary sessions on topics including planning and monitor the supervision process and ways of supporting their research students. The workshop takes place from 10am - 4pm in 3 East 4.17. To book a place email

Do you want to train as a mediator? Applications by Sunday 31 July
If you are a student or staff member at the University of Bath who is interested in learning how to mediate in difficult situations in a work/study setting then training is now available. To obtain an application form contact

Lights, camera, action! KTA funds media training to give staff confidence in radio and television interviews Tuesday 6 September
The second of our new hands-on media training courses, which put academics in the media spot light took place this week. The University’s Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA) has commissioned the series of workshops related to working with the media. The final session will be held on Tuesday 6 September. To register contact Will Marsh (Corporate Communications).

Lecture Capture: End of Year Review
A review has been put together by Nitin Parmar (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office), following the increasing take up of a range of classroom technologies this year. The review explains how lecture capture has been used as another means of enhancing the student learning experience.


What's on

Tuesday 5 July
Award Ceremonies
12:00 Noon: Tier 1 Post Study Work talk

Wednesday 6 July
Award Ceremonies

Thursday 7 July
Award Ceremonies
7:30 PM Assisted Living Action Network event






Trio selected for European Under-23 Champs
Student athletes Danny Talbot and Jack Green (both Sports Performance) have been selected to represent Great Britain at next month’s European Under-23 Championships in the Czech Republic along with University-based Lawrence Clarke. Meanwhile Jack Meredith and Megan Southwart (both Sports Performance) compete at the Mannheim International in Germany this weekend.

Toby makes battling junior grand slam debut
Teenager Toby Martin, who is part of the University's tennis academy, made a battling junior grand slam debut at Wimbledon before going down to world number 39 Kimmer Coppejans. Ranked 303 in the junior world rankings, he lost 6-4, 6-4 to the more experienced Belgian player in the boys’ singles on Monday (27 June).