5 August 2011
New Quality Assurance Code of Practice 2011/12 published
The University's Quality Assurance (QA) Code of Practice 2011/12 has been published (Monday 1 August). A summary of the key changes to QA statements, together with contact details for any queries can be found in the Launch memorandum.
REF consultation on draft panel criteria and working methods responses by Wednesday 5 October
This document sets out the draft assessment criteria and working methods of the REF 2014 panels, for consultation. The finalised criteria and working methods will be published in early 2012. Responses to the consultation should be completed online.
Department of European Studies & Modern Languages becomes the Department for Politics, Languages & International Studies
To better reflect it’s research and teaching expertise the Department of European Studies & Modern Languages has become the Department for Politics Languages & International Studies. The Department is among the largest at the University teaching undergraduate programmes in politics, languages, international relations, economics and management.
Don't forget to submit your expenses through Agresso
Don’t forget expense claims from staff and postgraduates will need to be submitted online through Agresso from 1 August. Paper claims will be rejected and returned to you. Also please be aware Agresso is now fully functional following problems affecting its services, including web expenses yesterday (Thursday 4 August). A Web Expenses Guide & training video are available for Agresso. Further assistance is available at the drop in clinics on Mondays and Fridays 11am - 1pm or via the BUCS service desk.
Safety alert – check Beko fridge-freezers in your department
Beko has issued an important safety notice recommending that the defrost timer (located at the back of the fridge) on their branded frost free fridge freezers are checked. This is because this component may cause a potential fire hazard on some products. If your department has an affected model which develops a fault or is not working properly please unplug the product immediately and contact Beko on 0800 009 4837.
iPhone and iPad owners on campus upgrade your operating system software
If you use a an iPhone or iPad for more than just phone calls, you are advised to upgrade the device's operating system software in order to get the latest fix and stop secure data being easily intercepted and decrypted. Although this security issue has been known for a while a fix has only recently been implemented.
Latest Avon Pension Fund update
With the government having previously (19 July) recognised that Local Government Pension Schemes are different to other public sector pension schemes, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued a further letter (28 July) detailing increases in employee contributions for other public sector pension schemes; the process being undertaken for LGPS is outlined in the letter.
Liquid nitrogen ice cream wins graduate Barclays new business competition
Charlie Francis (Business Administration graduate) has won a £50,000 investment for his liquid nitrogen custom ice cream parlour, after winning the South West final of the Barclay’s One Small Step Competition. Charlie was one of nine regional winners with his idea to start a business making nitro ice cream, called Lick Me I’m Delicious. The new generation of ice cream parlour will offer hand-churned ice cream creations from a ‘seemingly limitless combination of flavours and ingredients.’
ERC award Dr Aron Walsh a Starting Independent Researcher Grant
The recently appointed Whorrod Fellow, Aron Walsh (Chemistry), has been awarded a prestigious Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Council. These grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders working in pioneering frontier science. Aron will use the €1m grant to expand his research team and equipment to study functional hybrid organic-inorganic semiconductors using the techniques of computational chemistry. This new class of material offers immense potential for next-generation solar cell and high-efficiency lighting applications.
Engineering lecturer honoured by HEA fellowship scheme
Gary Lock (Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded a fellowship worth £10,000 by the Higher Education Academy recognising his excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. Specialising in the field of experimental fluid mechanics, Gary has created an innovative design activity for undergraduates at Rolls-Royce which provides his students with an excellent opportunity to apply engineering science and demonstrate their ability for engineering design work in an industrial environment. The award will be used for his professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.
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- Paul Salkovskis (Psychology) was featured on the programme 'Secret obsession' discussing obsessive compulsive disorder - ITV Wales This Week
- Michael Danson (Biology and Biochemistry) explained how enzymes like those in the Roman Baths have informed the development of biological washing powder, as part of the 'Wonderstuff' programme on BBC 2 [watch at 14:30].
- Roger King (School of Management, visiting professor) commented on the HE White paper in THE.
- Gwen van der Velden (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office) addressed current debate on student consumerism in The Guardian.
- John Burnside (Biology & Biochemistry, Great Bustard Research Group) gave comment about the discovery that sexually showy birds age faster on BBC Nature Online.
- Michael Carley (Mechanical Engineering) has had his research on the potential for motorcycle helmets to cause deafness featured across the world including by Inside Science.
- Brian Neve (Politics, Languages & International Studies) did two interviews with Steve Le Fevre about the US debt crisis on BBC Radio Bristol (01/02/082011 [listen at 02:09:24] & 02/08/2011 [listen at 00:43:00]).
- The book sale continues every Wednesday outside the library 12.30pm - 1.45pm. Book donations always welcome.
- We have a brand new programme of events for the coming year. Download your copy.
*Now booking *
Fascinating Aida - show at Theatre Royal Bath Sunday 30 October.
Santa Canal Cruise - starts from Bradford-on-Avon Sunday 18 December.
Peter Pan Panto - Bristol Hippodrome Sunday 8 January.
Get a free one-day trial at the STV expires Monday 5 September
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Fitness Suite, Team Bath is offering a free one-day trial. Limited places are available so for further information or to book a place contact our memberships team ext. 3597 and quote 'website fitness offer'.
Booking for Tribe summer holiday camps
The STV’s Tribe Summer Holiday camps focus on using a fun environment to develop the skills and fundamentals children require for participation in sport. A brochure is now available and camps can be booked by calling ext. 6915 between 9am-5pm.
Offer available to University staff visiting the Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum in Great Pultney street re-opened its doors in May after an £11 million facelift. Admission to the Museum is free of charge to all visitors, but the Museum’s Trustees have also now kindly agreed that University staff and students may visit all exhibitions without charge on proof of identify (library card). Departments may also book the Holburne for official receptions on an agreed concessionary basis; to do so, please contact the Museum directly.
Alumni, staff, students and friends are invited to University golf day Thursday 22 September
Alumni, staff, students and friends of the University are again invited to get together for a day of golf at Bath Golf Course. Our third golf day will start with coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and tee times will begin from 9am. The games will be rounded off with lunch in the Clubhouse and the prize giving. The day costs £50, or £20 for Bath Golf Club members. The price includes your green fees, refreshments and lunch. To book download a booking form or phone the Alumni Relations team ext.3984.
Green impact workshops: give it a go!
If you would like to create a greener office you may be interested that Estates are running a series of environmental workshops over the summer. The sessions are part of the Green Impact scheme and all staff are invited to participate. The workshops include:
- Introduction for new team members - Tuesday 6 September
- The new workbook - Thursday 22 September
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 fellowship can be found via the UK Research Office (UKRO) website.
Do you need funding to help build relationships with external organisations? To be spent by Tuesday 30 September 2012
The Knowledge Transfer Account KT Champion funding is available to all academics, non-academic (e.g. research managers) and research staff to support relationship building with external organisations. The funding has supported travel to attend advisory boards or meet organisations, industrial conferences at Bath, scoping studies for further research funding, website development, mentoring, plus events with policy makers and practitioners in Bath and in London. Funding is now available to be spent by the above date. See the KTA KT Champion webpage for details on how to apply.
Entries in for the James Dyson award winners announced 6 September
Design engineers, including some from the University, have entered projects for the James Dyson Award 2011. Judges are now reviewing the entries from 18 countries and national winners will be announced next month. Have a look at this year’s projects and post your favourites on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter.
Quality Assurance Agency announces Institutional Review dates Monday 29 April 2013
A review from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has been scheduled. The QAA will be replacing the previously known, 'institutional audit' with an institutional review, with effect from September 2011. Detailed information about the revised approach and methodology is available on the QAA web site. Contact James Macdonald (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office) with any general enquiries.
Notification of Moodle downtime Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 August
There will be a short period of Moodle downtime following feedback about its integration with SAMIS. This will allow the e-Learning Team to rewrite the code supporting this integration ensuring more accurate and robust links with central records can be offered. We advise downloading now any materials you will require during the two days given and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Contact Lisa McIver ext. 5282 if you require further information.
New e-learning module: writing your thesis
Produced by the Researcher Development Unit, the new ‘Writing your Thesis’ course brings together expertise and advice from academics, skills development staff and research students from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter (Researcher Development Online collaboration). Expert advice has also been provided by the University of Bath’s writing coach, Dr Trevor Day. A full list of courses is available.
Researchers: new online course to help you find careers beyond academia
The Researcher Development Unit has launched a new e-Learning module, giving advice and information to researchers on careers outside academia. On the course researchers will be encouraged to broaden their horizons in terms of career choices and they will gain practical tips to help secure their ideal job.
Forthcoming Conference: Developing Writing in STEM Disciplines Monday 12 September
The Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office is delighted to announce that the University will be hosting a South West Higher Education STEM Conference, which will primarily aim to outline employers expectations of STEM graduates and how universities should address these expectations. To book a place contact Nadine Grimmett (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office).
Golden girl Amy opens extensively refurbished Fitness Suite
Olympic gold medallist Amy Williams has officially opened the extensively refurbished Fitness Suite in the Sports Training Village. The 57 new pieces of cardiovascular equipment include a dozen treadmills, 11 cross-trainers and 10 rowing machines. There are also 45 strength stations with an impressive range of free and fixed weights.
Sports Performance student Flora Stewart takes sailing silver
Flora Stewart (Sports Performance student) is celebrating winning silver at sailing’s 470 World Junior Championships. The 19-year-old took silver in the 470 class with partner Anna Burnet. The pair are both members of Skandia Team GBR’s Transitional squad and Flora receives support from the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).
Student Freyja Prentice among the first to achieve 2012 qualifying standard
Freyja Prentice (Biology student) and University based Jamie Cooke have become the first British modern pentathletes to achieve the qualifying standard to compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Freyja climbed from twelfth to eighth in the women’s final on Sunday, by producing a strong run/shoot performance. She is not yet guaranteed a place on the GB team for London 2012 though, as further opportunities are available for others to qualify.