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This week has been a very successful Universities Week 2011


"A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning."

Benjamin Disraeli
1804 – 1881, British Prime Minister


17 June 2011


Universities Week

Universities Week 13-19 June: What’s the big idea?
This week the University has been running a series of events to support a national campaign which aims to demonstrate the benefits of universities within UK society.

Wiltshire pupils launch water rockets to explore Science and Engineering during Universities Week
School pupils from across Wiltshire celebrated Universities Week 2011 by attending fun and interactive science and engineering events on campus, the highlight of which was the chance to build water powered rockets.

Universities Week: Bernie Morley in Guardian live web chat
Bernie Morley (Pro V-C) took part in a live Guardian web chat which launched Universities Week 2011, by discussing 'Why higher education matters'.

Bath MPharm student wins national Universities Week Big Picture competition
Kenny Lim Ken Wee's (Pharmacy & Pharmacology student) photo was named as the winner of the UUK photography competition by a panel of top judges. The competition was run to coincide with Universities Week 2011 and asked students from across the UK to submit an image showing how universities are interacting with local communities.

Our tweeters support Universities Week
Twitter users across the University have been joining in a 24 hour Twitter marathon today (Friday 17 June) as part of Universities Week 2011, the conversation can be followed at #UniWeek. The University, which can be followed @UniofBath, as well as many staff and departments are now heavily involved in communicating with the higher education audience through twitter. To find out more about getting started see our introduction to twitter; the press office is also on hand to offer advice.


Academics news

Less rubbish collection means more recycling, shows research
Lucy O'Shea & Shasikanta Nandeibam (Economics) along with colleagues from the University of Hull have found reducing the frequency of household bin collections is key to increasing recycling rates. The research used statistical analysis to examine data provided by the UK’s 434 local authorities. The findings counter political and community criticism of local authorities who have moved to fortnightly or alternate weekly bin collections.

Chemistry PhD researcher says "Help! I'm a scientist, get me out of here!'
PhD researcher Julia Griffe (Chemistry), is currently being quizzed on all things science by school children from across the country. The event is an X Factor-style competition for scientists, where school pupils read about the scientists’ work, ask them questions and engage in live text chats before voting for their favourite scientist at the end of the event.

Geoff Smith awarded MBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours
Senior lecturer Geoff Smith (Mathematical Sciences) was made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours (11 June 2011). The award recognises Geoff's work organising the Royal Institution Maths Masterclasses over the past 20 years which offers interactive extracurricular mathematics sessions for keen and talented youngsters. Many members of staff from the University have taught classes and around 5,000 children have benefitted from the scheme.


Student news

Students help garden share scheme come to fruition
A scheme started by students to help residents in Oldfield Park find allotment space in unloved gardens is producing its first vegetable crops this summer. The Growing Together Project was set up to enable local green-fingered residents to grow fruit and vegetables in unused student gardens and to give students and residents the chance to get to know each other.

Pedal-powered sub team race for Gold in States
Mechanical Engineering students are today (17 June) launching the human-powered submarine they hope will win Gold at the 2011 International Submarine Races, taking place in Washington DC next week. The team, known as the Bath University Racing Submarine Team or BURST, has designed and built the pedal powered sub named ‘Minerva’ after Bath’s Roman goddess of the water.

Student's arrive for Zambia project 2011
Students Jordan Kenny and Rebecca Cook (Coach Education & Sport Development) along with Alex Ridge (Sports Development & Recreation) arrived in Lusaka last Sunday (12 June) to kick-start this year’s IDEALS Zambia Project. The IDEALS (International Development through Excellence and Leadership in Sport) Project, now in its seventh year, uses sport as a vehicle for social development throughout underprivileged areas of the Zambian capital.


Other News

Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics to benefit from £54,000 donation
The Enid Linder Foundation has pledged £54,000 to the University’s Centre for Orthopaedic Biomechanics, the latest show of their continued support to the Centre. The Centre headed by Tony Miles (Mechanical Engineering) operates in collaboration with other leading universities to bring together research linking engineering and clinical orthopaedics in fields such as joint replacements, bone graft materials and methods, and fracture healing.

Bath backs national Donor Pin Week
We are backing national Donor Pin Week as a way of celebrating the many generous donors who have helped to support our ground breaking work over the past 12 months. This is just one way to recognise and celebrate the enormous impact donations and charitable gifts have on universities like ours. Around 8,000 donors have received donor pins to wear with pride as part of this nationwide scheme, including nearly 100 donors who have contributed donations of more than £1,000 to us over the past year.

University of Bath company Fitronics Ltd. acquired by Canadian Software conglomerate
One of the companies the University has supported, Fitronics, has completed a successful sale of the business. The company was started by alumnus Alister Rollins (Mechanical Engineering) during the final year of his degree and is a leading supplier to customers in the leisure industry, including Fitness First, Holmes Place and Reebok Sports Club. The University provided mentoring, financial support and offices for the company at its Innovation Centre in Bath.

Uni moves up People & Planet Green League to 31st place
The University has achieved a First Class rating in the People & Planet Green League. Details of our bid are available through the People & Planet website and the full table via this article in the Guardian.



New salary exchange scheme for Westwood nursery
NurseryPlus is our new salary exchange scheme for employees using Westwood Nursery.  It will allow these employees to exchange a deduction from their salary prior to tax and national insurance in return for nursery care, which can result in significant savings on childcare costs.

Important information on how to handle calls from UK Border Agency
If the UK Border Agency telephone you about a student with regards to their visa then please can you ensure that you let the International Student Advice Team know via the Student Services Centre on 01225 385538 as a matter of URGENCY. This is being highlighted as the UK Border Agency spoke to somebody at the institution on Wednesday (15 June) about a student who was to be deported Thursday (16 June), they didn't find out about it until the student contacted them.

New starters at the University in May
Find out who last month's new faces on campus are.

To view vacant posts visit:


BUCS messages

Compulsory password changes for some staff - Tuesday 21 June
From Tuesday we will turn on compulsory password changes for some staff. This is to meet recommendations from both Internal and External Audit, and follows an Executive-approved update to the Acceptable Use Policy. Those affected will have received an email this Thursday (16 June) warning them they are due to get a pop-up message asking them to change their password and that they need to attend to this.

Windows 7 in all GTA labs by induction week - Sunday 26 September 2011
Over summer 2011 Computing Services will be installing Windows 7 operating software on all the General Teaching Area (GTA) lecture room PCs; it is expected by 26 September 2011 that all 100+ rooms will be running Windows 7. Rooms are being made available for lecturers to try out their presentations using the new system and they are encouraged to do so as soon as possible before the start of Semester to minimise disruption to lectures - contact AV bookings for details. If you would like certain software to be available please fill in this online survey:

Computer pop-up is not a problem
All centrally managed (Active Directory) computers on campus are currently seeing pop-up messages appear in the system tray, warning that an Assigned Program is about to run. The messages are nothing to worry about and are just a warning that Computing Services (BUCS) are updating or maintaining software necessary for your computer to run.


In the media

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Work perks

Bath Venturers Cricket Club
Bath Venturers C.C. welcome new staff or postgraduates players to come along and play cricket with us. We usually play twice a week over the summer months, and are looking for enthusiastic players of any standard. Games are fun, and we aim to play enjoyable and convivial cricket. If you would like to find out more, why not come along to a session in the nets (Founders Hall every Tuesday, usually 11.30 - 13.30), or sign up to play a game by contacting Alex Cox.

Omnibus Staff Society


Training & development


Events & deadlines

Last chance to process in the Summer Award Ceremonies - Deadline Friday 17 June
If you are eligible and would like to process in the 2011 Summer Award Ceremonies, held at Bath Abbey on Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 July, today is the last day you will be able to return your form to the Events & Ceremonies Office in East Building 2.2.

Do you want to know more about dementia? - Wednesday 22 June
A series of short talks for the public will be hosted by the University and the University of Bristol's Alzheimer's Research UK Network. The talks take place 6:30pm - 9pm and will cover memory and dementia, current treatments and latest research. Attendance is free of charge, but space is limited so please reserve your place in advance by contacting Jo McTiernan on 0117 3402385 or by emailing

Death & Dying in the Digital Age CDAS Conference 2011 - Weekend of 25 & 26 June 2011
This conference, held in the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath brings together social media entrepreneurs, health and social care practitioners, funeral celebrants, social science and humanities researchers, computer scientists and designers, in order to explore how the internet and other digital technologies affect dying and mourning. The event will be held at the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute and tickets cost, £45 for a single day or £80 for the weekend, this includes lunch and refreshments.

Drinking, music, having fun and stuff: The importance of identity and belonging in young people's lives Thursday 30 June
Christine Griffin (Psychology) in her inaugural lecture will discuss how the activities of young people have often been the focus for adult anxiety, disapproval and fascination. Drawing on material from several collaborative research projects she'll consider how adult concerns about young people’s alcohol consumption, sexuality, appearance, unemployment, mental health and taste in music, are not always shared by the young people themselves. The lecture takes place at 6.15pm in 5W 2.1.

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


What's on

Monday 20 June
19:30 PM Reform of the European Union

Tuesday 21 June
19:30 PM Representations of consciousness in British fiction c1880-c1925

Wednesday 22 June
10:00 AM Communicating your research & its impact

Thursday 23 June
10:00 AM University Open Day
19:30 PM Right and wrong and Palestine, 9-11, Iraq, 7-7

Friday 24 June
19:30 PM Seeing through the paint







TeamBath need volunteers for ParalympicsGB preparation camps - applications by Wednesday 22 June
Volunteers are being sought to help out at ParalympicsGB’s next preparation camps at the University of Bath. A dozen paralympic sports will be attending the camp taking place between 14 to 28 August and volunteers, who must be 16 or over, are required for the second week commencing 19 August. To get involved you need to download a copy of the ParalympicsGB 2011 Simulation Camp Volunteer Application Form or email Rachel Seymour in the Team Bath Events Team.

Team Bath to celebrate international Olympic Day - Friday 24 June
The University of Bath will host a sporting celebration on behalf of the British Olympic Foundation to celebrate International Olympic Day. Building on the International Olympic Committee’s three pillars of Move, Learn and Discover,  the day for Bath and North East Somerset secondary school students will incorporate an Olympic Day Run, a sports festival to discover new skills, a junior academy for students to learn, debate Olympic themes and an art display.

Success for swimmers at national champs
The total number of Team Bath-based swimmers to achieve qualifying times to compete for the British team at the World Championships in Shanghai now stands at six. Stacey Tadd and Chris Walker-Hebborn won their races achieving qualifying times for the World Championships. This repeated the fete of fellow Team Bath-based swimmers Kris Gilchrist and Siobahn-Marie O’Connor who had also qualified at the ASA Nationals (read article on this), earlier in the week. Michael Jamieson (Sports Performance) and Andrew Willis (Chemical Engineering student) achieved qualifying times for Shanghai at the British Championships in March (read article on this).

Stacey is Player of the Year
Team Bath and England defender Stacey Francis (Sports Performance graduate) has been named Fiat Netball Superleague Player of the Year for 2011. The 23-year-old won the player of the year plaudit in a vote by the Superleague coaches. In other netball news Asha Tett (Coach Education Sport Development) has been selected to play for her country of birth Singapore at the World Championships, read article on this.