A smoker blowing a skull shaped cloud by Matteo Maretto

Visiting professor Linda Bauld believes plain packaging could reduces the numbers of people taking up Smoking


“I kissed my first girl and smoked my first cigarette on the same day.  I haven't had time for tobacco since.”
Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) Italian conductor


8 April 2011

Your University

There’s still time to have your say!
The deadline for the Staff Survey is fast-approaching (Monday 11 April) so if you want to take part, you still can.  Many thanks to the 1,364 people who have completed it so far - that's 49% of staff. We'll share the results and recommendations with you on the Uni internal homepage in due course.

University’s Annual Review 2009/10 available to view online
An online & hard copy of our Annual Review for 2009/10 is now available for you to view.

Vice-Chancellor’s report to University Court
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, recently gave her annual report to a meeting of the University’s Court. Professor Breakwell’s presentation included outlining some of the University’s highlights in academic year 2009/10, and updating Court on the ‘changing world’ of the HE sector and its funding. If you missed it or would just like to hear it again a film of the Vice Chancellors report to Court can now be viewed.

University celebrates past, present and future with first Founders’ Day
The University’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration has been hailed a great success with nearly 300 people attending a special lecture hosted by Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society. The event also included the annual peppercorn ceremony and talks on the history of the University by Richard Mawditt (Management) and Geof Wood (Social & Policy Science).


Fees & access

University of Bath announces £9,000 fee proposal for 2012
The University of Bath is proposing to set a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for Home/EU undergraduates starting courses in 2012.

Home Office announcement on international student visas
The details of a series of changes to the student visa system, were announced on last month by Theresa May, Home Secretary. The measures will be introduced in stages over the next year.



Plain cigarette packets could help prevent people taking up smoking
A team from the UK Centre for Tobacco Studies (UKCTCS), which included Linda Bauld (visiting professor Social & Policy Sciences), have found that plain cigarette packaging could help prevent people taking up the habit, but would have little effect on those who already smoke on a daily basis.

Natural History Museum displays hammerhead shark research
The Natural History Museum has included Jonathan Cox’s (Chemistry) research into the hammerhead shark’s unique sense of smell in its latest permanent exhibition.

Research shows not only the fittest survive
Laurence Hurst (Biology & Biochemistry) along with colleagues from the University of Exeter have questioned Darwin’s notion that only the fittest survive in a new research paper recently published in the prestigious journal Nature.

New insights could lead to better rechargeable batteries
Research led by Saiful Islam (Chemistry) has been published in the leading journal Nature Materials. His team has discovered new materials which could potentially lead to lithium batteries storing more energy.

Britain’s first local DC computer network installed on campus
A new suite of ‘direct current’ powered computers has been installed in the library and will act as a showcase of the technology for similar projects across the country. Researchers led by Miles Redfern (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) are undertaking an in-depth study of energy consumption within the new network, with the aim of demonstrating that running a large network of devices on DC rather than AC is both more secure and more energy efficient.

Families needed for study to help improve local services for children
Researchers led by Fiona Gillison (Health) are looking for local people to take part in discussions that could influence the future of services to improve children's health and fitness.


Student awards

Graduates take top business award in Bath
A web marketing consultancy founded by graduates David Kelly and Adam Pope (Business Administration & Computer Science) has won the top award in the Bath & North East Somerset Council Chairman’s Business Awards.

Bath student is regional winner in prestigious British Council Awards
Maria Xi Zhang (Mechanical Engineering PhD student), is one of 12 regional finalists in the prestigious Shine International Student Awards run by the British Council, which recognise the contributions made to the UK by foreign students.

Bath’s Student Shop wins national award
An enterprise scheme that saw teams of our students running a shop for eight days in Bath’s city centre has won the Outstanding Impact Award in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Student Employee of the Year Awards
Job Link, which helps students on and off campus find part time work whilst they study, has put forward the most nominations (39 in 5 categories) for the Student Employee of the Year Awards 2011.



Video of Bath Taps into Science - Science Fair 2011
Pupils from across Bath got to grips with science at the Bath Taps into Science event organised by Chris Budd (Mathematical Sciences). The now annual event saw hundreds of school children from across the city enjoy making fossils and controlling LEGO robots. A video is now available of the second day of events held at Green Park station which followed the first staged on campus in the Founders Hall.

A-level students enjoy learning about green science at Bath
As part of the Department of Chemistry’s Millennium Lectures series a Green Science Symposium was held on 16 March, attracting over 200 A-level students from across the region. Four lectures were given by leading young academics and pupils also took part in a poster session with PhD students to see where a degree in science could take them.

Japanese students thank Bath residents for support
Students from the Japanese Society have raised over £9,000 towards the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief appeal and say they are deeply moved by the level of support they received from the local & university communities.


Staff News

Academic awarded Honorary Fellowship by HRH Sultan of Selangor
James Bilzon & Stuart Miller (Health) have recently visited Kuala Lumpur to attend the International Congress in Sport & Exercise Medicine. During the trip James was awarded the Honorary Fellowship of the Society of Sport & Exercise Medicine Malaysia (FSSEMM) by the Sultan of Selangor.

Louise Brown appointed as NICE Social Care Fellow
The National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence (NICE) has appointed Louise Brown (Social & Policy Science) as a Social Care Fellow. She will apply her skills working as a social work educator and extensive experience undertaking research in this field to her new role.

Farewell to Ann Chapman (UKOLN Research Officer, 1987-2011)
Ann Chapman, who was an integral part of UKOLN since its inception, has retired. Since joining the University in 1970 as a Senior Library Assistant, her career progression closely reflected the development of UKOLN from a centre for cataloguing research to the centre of excellence in digital information management it is today.

Stuart Meadwell retiring
Building & Services Engineer Stuart Meadwell (Estates) who joined the University in 2002 and has been responsible for the frontline operation and maintenance of our mechanical services plant and equipment is to retire on 21 April.

Death of Jacques Grosjean
The University is sorry to announce the death of Jacques Grosjean, who died on 7 March. Jacques joined the University in 1961 as head of the Applied Mechanics Group within the Department of Aeronautical & Mechanical Engineering; he retired in the late 1980s.


Other news

New TV comedy 'Campus' hits the small screen
The new Channel 4 comedy 'Campus', much of which was filmed on location on our campus last summer, hit the small screen this week and will run for six weeks.

Green Impact Results!!
Congratulations to all those who entered into the Green Impact Initiative. 35 teams have been involved across campus and they will receive their awards at a ceremony in a couple of weeks.

Student Services Easter Egg collection by Tuesday 19 April
Student Services are collecting Easter eggs for children's charity Barnardos. Please take donations of chocolate eggs to the Student Services Centre in 4 West (between 10am & 4pm).

Vacant posts:


Learning & Teaching

The best place in UK to study Architecture
The Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering has been ranked as the best place to study Architecture in the UK, by the Times newspaper.


Training & development

New collaboration to investigate sustainable wastewater treatment system
A new flagship partnership between the University of Bath and Aragreen (UK) Ltd is to explore the viability of developing a commercial wastewater treatment system which is also capable of producing biologically derived products.

KT champion funding awarded to help build collaborative relationships - April 2011
Find out what projects and who has been awarded funding by the KTA this month.


In the media

Would you like to receive a daily email of news stories that mention the University? Please email and include the word 'Headlines' in the subject box. A selection of HE stories in the national media is also included.


Alumni in the media


Work perks

Omnibus Staff Society

Buy a Team Bath hoodie & receive a free gift
You can save £25 off membership, get a free Personal Training session or four Free exercise class tickets if you buy a Team Bath hoodie this month (ends 30 April).

Tribe Easter Holiday Camps 2011
Bookings are now being taken for TeamBath Tribe Easter holiday camps in the STV. University staff pay the discounted members rate.

Staff discount page
Take a look at the special discounts the University has agreed with a range of businesses & retailers.


Nominations, bids & consultations

Do you teach our best research student? by 21 April
The Ede & Ravenscroft Prize is an annual award for the best postgraduate research student, generously funded by Ede & Ravenscroft, appointed robe makers to HM The Queen. The prize of £1,000 is awarded at a private reception, normally held in early July.

Chancellor's Prize by 21 April
If you are teaching an outstanding final year undergraduate student, you may want to nominate them for the Chancellor's Prize.

2011 Staff Recognition Award by 29 April
Do you know someone working at the University whose achievements deserve recognition? The Staff Recognition Award credits members of support staff who have shown excellence in the way in which they have undertaken their duties, and who have contributed to the broader life of the University.

Nominations for Off Campus Prize now open by 19 May
If you know a student who has taken part in an immense amount of voluntary work and has given a lot to the community, make sure you nominate them for the Off Campus award which recognises the student who has continued to maintain a high level of community involvement throughout the academic year.

Comments invited:


Lectures & podcasts

The crossroads of capitalist globalisation | Wednesday 13 April | Graduate Schools Open Lecture Series
Humanity stands at a crossroads. The era of ‘wild capitalist globalisation’ has drawn to a close, hastened by the global financial crisis. The contradictions of capitalism in the early twenty-first century are, for the first time, global in nature. This lecture has now sold out but will be streamed into the Graduate Centre next Wednesday so students who haven't been able to get tickets can watch it..

Losing the plot in the era of image: When a picture tells more than a thousand words | Tuesday 12 April 2011
The inaugural lecture by Professor Yiannis Gabriel (Management). Sorry tickets have sold out due to popular demand.

Podcast: The Paralympic Legacy - research in disability and sports exercise | Thursday 31 March
A chance for those who missed out to hear this Council Showcase Lecture delivered by Simone Lewis (Sports Development & Recreation), James Bilzon & Polly McGuigan (Health). Topics discussed include the University's continuing relationship with Paralympic Sport and the research agenda required to study the topic.

Podcast: The Tale of the Tulip | Wednesday 30 March
Freelance garden historian Russell Bowes brings the story of the tulip to life with power, passion and petals!


What's on

Tuesday 12 March
10:15 AM Web expenses demo for postgrads
12:15 PM Eucharist/Holy Communion
12:30 PM Impact workshop
12:45 PM Oxfam Lunch
16:30 PM CO2 market design & operation

Thursday 14 March
12:15 PM L&T paper lunch
19:30 PM The rationality of belief in God - No argument needed



Concerts &  performances:





Lottery boost to get more Bath students playing sport
Students in Bath are being urged to give sport another go after the University was awarded more than £113,382 in National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Coles retains national under-19 doubles title
Student Chris Coles (Sports Perfromance) retained his men’s doubles title with partner Matt Nottingham at the England National Under-19 Badminton Championships at Milton Keynes.

Netballers face double header weekend
TeamBath Netball aim to consolidate their play-off place by winning four points from their two Fiat Netball Superleague fixtures this weekend. TeamBath Netball, the reigning Superleague champions, are currently fourth in the table and need to finish fourth or higher to reach the end of season play-offs.