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This week nine new honorary graduates have joined thousands graduating at Bath Abbey.


"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures"

Don McCullin
, War photographer and one of the University's latest honorary graduates



8 July 2011


New graduate to build wind turbine in Peru
Ben Lane (Mechanical Engineering graduate) is taking his skills to Peru this summer to build a wind turbine that will provide villagers with their first source of electricity. Ben graduated with a First Class Honours degree at Bath Abbey, on Tuesday (5 July). He also scooped the Chancellor’s Prize for being the best final year undergraduate and will use the prize money to fund his trip.

Bath start-up students top of the class
Young entrepreneurs Nick Jones and Tom Robertshaw (Computer Science) who developed a start-up company called 'Meanbee', have graduated with first class honours degrees. They developed their company alongside their studies and are now looking forward to working full-time growing their business. Meanbee specialises in developing e-commerce websites using leading open-source software.

Gold medallist awarded degree at Bath’s summer ceremonies
Gold medallist Katrina Hart (Sports Performance graduate) was one of 2,000 students who received their degrees during this week's summer award ceremonies. Katrina, who has cerebral palsy, recently won Gold at both the Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in New Zealand in January 2011. She now hopes to repeat the fete at the London Olympics 2012.

Videos & Photos:

Summer graduation ceremonies 2011 video
A video celebrating this week's graduation ceremonies has now been added to our play site.

Graduation photos
Galleries are now available from Tuesday's and Wednesday's graduation ceremonies:


Ceremony 1| Ceremony 2| Ceremony 3

Ceremony 4 | Ceremony 5 | Ceremony 6 | Ceremony 7


Research news

Protein supplements give no benefit to athlete’s performance, researchers find
A study led by James Betts (Health) has concluded that protein-based sport drinks are of no benefit to the performance of athletes. Despite the sports industry making millions from drinks and supplements this review of existing research showed protein supplements offer no further benefits to the protein found in a normal balanced diet.

New international family journal to be hosted at Bath
Tess Ridge (Social & Policy Sciences) has founded a new international journal, Families, Relationships and Societies (FRS), which she will co-edit. Published by The Policy Press it will aim to advance scholarship and debate within the growing field. The first issues will be published in 2012 with submissions invited from subject areas across the social sciences and related life course disciplines.


One of our scientists receives prestigious zoological award
Edward Feil (Biology & Biochemistry) has been awarded a Scientific Medal by the Zoological Society of London. The award, presented at a ceremony on 21 June in Regent’s Park, London recognises Edward's outstanding achievements in the field of zoological research and conservation. Currently Edward is researching MRSA, bacterial pathogens effecting honey bees, Bovine TB and Lyme disease.

Royal Philosophical Society award for Bath lecturer
Chick Wilson (Chemistry) was recently presented with the 2011 Thomas Graham Medal of the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow. The award recognises “an outstanding scientist able to present a science lecture to a general audience” and was awarded to Chick for his lecture titled ‘Mysterious cases of misbehaving molecules’, which also formed part of the University's millennium lecture series.



Staff Survey 2011: institutional report
The outcomes of the Staff Survey 2011 have been presented to Council. 84 percent of respondents think our University is a good place to work with more colleagues holding a positive view than in the last survey which was undertaken in 2007. The Executive Committee has approved an action plan outlining the steps that will be taken in response to the 2011 Survey. The full Capita Institutional Report is now available from the Library.

Avon Pension Fund update for members
The Avon Pension Fund are concerned that high profile publicity about public sector pension schemes over the past few weeks may have caused concerns amongst many of its members. Consequently they have issued an update urging people not to prematurely opt out of Local Government Pension Schemes and seeking to put the potential changes in perspective.

New Space Management web system
A new Space Management web system is set to be launched, which will enable faculties and departments to view and edit their space data for the annual space survey in July each year. It will replace the current space survey spread sheets. Further details on the new system are available as a PDF.

Important information about changes to the student visa system
Please be aware changes to the Tier 4 student immigration rules, as outlined in March 2011, were put in force on Monday 4 July 2011 and may affect some of our students. The International Student Advice team urges anyone teaching a student in the UK with dependants, who is not a postgraduate student or a government sponsored undergraduate student, to instruct them to see an adviser regarding visa extension applications.

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Take a video tour of our lastest Open Day with SU President David Howells
New SU president David Howells takes you through the highlights of this June's Open Day.

Local philanthropists join Chancellor's Roll of Honour
The philanthropic support of two special couples was celebrated at the Chancellor’s Dinner on 6 July 2011. Lord Tugendhat (University Chancellor) welcomed Raoul and Catherine Hughes and Brian and Margaret Roper into the Chancellor’s Roll of Honour, the highest award for philanthropy that the University bestows. Between them the Hughes and Ropers have contributed more than half a million pounds to scholarships, research, sport and the arts.


Sustainable chemical technologies showcased on campus Monday 11 July to Wednesday 13 July
A showcase of the University’s research into sustainable chemical technologies is due to take place. The event, now in its second year, is run by the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, and attracts speakers from industry and academia across the world. The event is open to anyone interested in research in the field of sustainability, and is free to attend. More information is available here and you can register using this online form.

Discover the pre-historic secrets of the Bath Downs Saturday 30 July
Investigate pre-historic Bath by joining in guided tours of the Downs, finding out more about archaeological surveys, handling artefacts and making coil pots. This event is run by the Arts Barn as part of the British Festival of Archaeology.



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.

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.



Call for research participants: Earn £5 for one hour of your time
David Moore (Health) is investigating relationships between attention and pain experience. He is offering £5 to all staff and students who volunteer to participate in an experiment which takes no more than two hours and involves computerised reaction time tasks, and a mildly painful heat sensation. Those interested should contact David, it is important participants are not suffering from a chronic pain condition and are not currently in pain.

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 (Health). They are looking to recruit male participants aged between 18 and 35 years old 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

Bobsleigh push start track taster session - Saturday 16 July
Team Bath is delighted to host a ‘bobsleigh taster session’ at the push start track. The session entitles you to have up to six goes on the bobsleigh travelling 90 metres down the push start track. Sessions take place 2pm – 4pm although participants need to be ready by 1.30pm. Each session is for a maximum of 16 people, costing £25 per person. If you would like to attend e-mail Sarah Stone by Wednesday 13 July or call her on ext. 3690.

Universities Twenty20 tournament success
Bath Venturers Cricket Club - the University's staff and postgraduate side, who were featured a few weeks ago - made it three titles in a row on Sunday in the annual quadrangular Universities Twenty20 cricket competition held at the University of Bristol's Coombe Dingle sport facilities. This year, as in the two previous years, Bath won all three of their games, and have now won the last ten games they have played in the tournament, which has been running annually for 12 years.


Training & development

Training: End Note X4 training & Wiki workshop courses - Thursday 7 July
There are still staff spaces on our popular End Note X4 Level 2 training course and our wiki workshop course (both on the above date). The wiki workshop course will take place 9.30am – 12.30am. The End Note X4 Level 2 training course will be 2pm - 5pm. Both can be booked via and more details can be found on the wiki training web page.

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 monitoring 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 media training course - Tuesday 6 September
Places are still available for our final hands-on media training course, commissioned by the Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA). The session puts academics in the media spotlight and will be held on the above date. To register contact Will Marsh (Corporate Communications).


What's on

Monday 11 July
10:00 AM Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies summer showcase: day 1
10:15 AM Marketplace drop-in session

Tuesday 12 July
08:30 AM Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies summer showcase: day 2

Wednesday 13 July
08:30 AM Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies summer showcase: day 3
19:30 PM Why are Geographic Information Systems essential for today's society?

Thursday 7 July
19:30 PM The reception of Ovid's metamorphoses in the twentieth century






Johnson strikes gold at European Champs
Team Bath swimmer Liz Johnson struck gold at the International Paralympic Committee European Championships in Germany. Johnson won, in a time of 1:38.89, the SB6 100m breaststroke title at the championships in Berlin, the same discipine in which she took gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralymic Games.

Team Bath quartet feature in World Champs opener
Pamela Cookey (Business Administration graduate) featured along with all of Team Bath's England Netballers in the opening game of the World Netball Championships in Singapore. England ran out comfortable 65-33 winners over Malawi in today’s pool D contest in Singapore. Another Team Bath netballer was disappointed though, Asha Tett's Singapore lost 43-36 to Botswana in their opening game.