Roger Vlitos, a previous tour guide on the Acropolis in Athens World and researcher in the British Museum, will be examining the causes and outcomes of the cultural craze ‘Greco Mania’ in a free public lecture at the University on Wednesday 15 February.




 "Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."

Plato (424BC-38BC) Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, student of Socrates, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.


Friday 10 February 2012



Student Employee of the Year Awards 2012 - Vote now!
The Student Employee of the Year competition is an annual and national campaign run through NASES (National Association of Student Employment Services), and supported by Endsleigh. Its aim is to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine part-time work with their study commitments. If you are someone who employs some excellent student staff, please nominate them and you could even win Student Employer of the Year!

National Student Survey launches for final year undergrads
Now entering its eighth year, the National Student Survey (NSS) is a census of students in their final year of a programme leading to undergraduate credits or qualifications across the United Kingdom. Please make your students aware and encourage them to have their say.



Chemists and engineers learn value of communicating their research
Chemistry and engineering postgraduate students have been learning how they could become “the next Brian Cox” with a masterclass in how to best communicate their research to the public. As part of their studies at the University’s Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies, the students visited hands-on science centre At-Bristol to develop ideas for an exhibit of their own which could be displayed at future engagement events, such as the Cheltenham Science Festival.

Researcher led innovation fund
The deadline for applications for the next round of the researcher led innovation fund is Friday 30 March 2012.


Staff training & development


Programme of staff development courses for 2012
Dates for staff development courses throughout 2012 are now available.

Don’t miss the Leadership@lunchtime workshops! Tuesday 24 January - Tuesday 15 May
This comprehensive programme of lunchtime workshops looks at aspects of leadership in the context of research or academia in general. Designed as a series of workshops, participants are welcome to attend just one or two sessions or book for the complete series.

Chairing Recruitment Panels Monday 13 February
This is an awareness-raising course for anyone chairing a recruiting panel at the University. The associated legal responsibilities will be explained and put into the context of the University's Recruitment & Selection Code of Practice, particularly focusing on those responsibilities held by the panel chair.

Seminar: strategic planning at the University (suitable for HoDs) Thursday 16 February
The session will cover: the changing funding landscape; strategic and annual planning internal resource allocation; understanding and improving our business through programme costing and workload modelling; and managing change.

Addressing the needs of employers: writing development and other forms of engagement on undergraduate STEM programmes Thursday 16 February
The purpose of this workshop is to examine approaches to mapping employability skills within undergraduate STEM programmes, and sharing good practices in meeting the demands of academic requirements and the needs of employers.

Staff development and performance review for academic and research staff: conducting an effective review Tuesday 28 February
The session will work chronologically through the SDPR process, explaining the aims of the different steps, and discuss some case studies that illustrate the kinds of issues and conversations that may arise.

HEA STEM plagiarism seminar Wednesday 29 February
The University will be hosting a seminar on plagiarism in the STEM disciplines, sponsored by the Higher Education Academy.

Managing stress at work - for individuals Wednesday 29 February
Are you stressed at work? Learn how to recognise the signs of stress and discover how to keep your stress levels under control.

Fire safety training for fire wardens Thursday 1 March
This course will explain the way in which fires start, how the construction of buildings helps prevent fire spreading, why escape routes need to be 'sterile' and what sort of things should never be put in protected stairwells and corridors. The recent SENDA legislation has highlighted the need and importance of identifying means of escape for people with disabilities and this will also be covered in the session.


ESRC media training days
The ESRC has organised a series of media training days for ESRC funded researchers who are beyond their first five years as a researcher.

Media Fellowships: Learn how to turn the latest science into news
The British Science Association runs a Media Fellowship scheme for researchers to spend a summer working for media hosts such as the BBC, Guardian or Nature to get communication skills and confidence working with the media. The scheme is open to researchers from PhD level upwards.

Free beginner’s guide to the media for scientists and engineers
The Science Media Centre is holding a free ‘Introduction to the Media’ event for scientists and engineers event on Thursday 22 March at the Veysey Building, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter from 1.30pm to 6pm with drinks afterwards. To register for this event, please send an e-mail with your name, job title, institutional e-mail address and phone number to

Standing up for science media workshop Friday 23 March
This full day event, held at the University of Manchester, is free and for early career researchers in all sciences, engineering and medicine (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in first job).

IT skills


Learning & teaching

The world of Cyberpsychology
The first in a series of articles from the Learning & Teaching's Better@Bath booklet.

Call for teaching development fund bids 2012/13 Deadline - Monday 16 April
The University’s Learning & Teaching Quality Committee is pleased to invite bids for the latest round of teaching development funding for projects in academic year 2012/13.

Don’t miss this year’s University Teaching Awards! Deadline - 5pm Friday 16 March.
Nominations for the University Teaching Awards 2012 are now invited from both students and staff to recognise significant contributions by staff to learning and teaching.



Sabbatical leave scheme – second call for applications Deadline - Thursday 1 March
The deadline for applications for leave commencing 1 February 2013 is fast approaching. Applicants and Heads of Department are asked to ensure that all applications conform to the requirements that have been set out.

THE Outstanding Leadership & Management Awards 2012 Deadline - Friday 16 March
This award will go to the institution that demonstrates the greatest breadth and depth of leadership and management skills, including many of those recognised by other award categories. Apply now!

Chance to enter the Race for Life
Entries for Cancer Research UK's Bath Race for Life have opened. Organisers are issuing a rallying cry to mums, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and friends, encouraging them to sign up as soon as possible for the event which will take place at University on Sunday 17 June.

Visit the Jobs page


In the media

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Public lectures: Spring term dates confirmed
The full list of the Spring term public lectures is now up so have a look and come along.

Greco Mania: An exploration of this cultural craze
Roger Vlitos, a previous tour guide on the Acropolis in Athens World and researcher in the British Museum, will be examining the causes and outcomes of the cultural craze ‘Greco Mania’ in a free public lecture at the University on Wednesday 15 February.

Using "green" building products in your home: benefits and problems
Andrew Heath from our Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering looks at how we can use "green" building products in the home in a talk on Thursday 16 February (12.15pm-13.05pm).

Joint Equality Forum 2012 - creating opportunities for success
Dr Alun Thomas (Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University) and Mark Humphriss (University Secretary) will give delegates an overview of achievements over the year, and look to the future in this forum taking place on Thursday 15 March (10.00am to 3.15pm)


Work perks

Omnibus staff society


Alumni News

Stephen Leather features on Thailand Tatler
Stephen Leather (BSc Biochemistry 1978), a successful British author who now lives in Thailand, has had his profile featured on the Thailand Tatler website.

Kurt Won profile on South African news website.
Kurt Won (BSc Business Administration 2004) has been included in the business section of the global South African news provider,




Spring season is now open for booking for all classes and events. Classes include: street dance, ballet, illustration, drawing skills, landscape painting, DJ skills and samba drumming. Book now

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Jordan Kenny chosen to represent UK Sport in Zambia
Second year BA Coach Education & Sports Development student Jordan Kenny has successfully landed an international development placement with UK Sport & the Wallace Group Universities over the summer of 2012.

Panuga falls at quarter-finals
Coach Education and Sports Development student Panuga Riou made a quarter-final exit from the women’s singles at the English National Badminton Championships.

Charity cash presented to Mayor of Bath
Cash raised at Team Bath’s charity pre-season netball contest was presented to the Mayor of Bath at half-time in last Friday’s Fiat Netball Superleague fixture.

Watch top tennis for free!
Top tennis returns to Bath next month as the AEGON GB Pro-Series ATP Challenger tournament makes its second appearance at the University's Sports Training Village.