Innovation & Engineering Design graduate Jason Malone serves up winning business idea

“Volcano: A mountain with hiccups” ~ Anon

University Updates

23 April 2010


Be part of the world’s largest umbrella dance!
A Bath graduate is giving people the chance to dance their way into the record books by taking part in the World’s Largest Umbrella Dance on Sunday 2 May in Bath.

Catch the Bath Soup Company at Milsom Place this month!
The Bath Soup Company is now open for business at Milsom Place, Bath’s stylish shopping and dining area, tempting shoppers to try their community canteen and menu celebrating the best of local produce.

Mental health services - your chance to get involved
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is working towards becoming a Foundation Trust, which will give it the freedom to work more closely with local people, service users and carers to develop its services. It is looking for new members now.

University celebrates its vibrant arts scene at awards ceremony
The University celebrated its vibrant arts and media scene at the annual Arts & Media Awards in the Claverton Rooms. The evening was introduced by Vice-Chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell and 12 students received awards before more than 160 guests.

Gold & silver for Students' Union bars at national awards
On Wednesday 31 March, 71 students’ unions from the length and breadth of the country were recognised by NUS Services’ sixth annual Best Bar None Awards for their exceptional work in promoting safe alcohol retailing and student safety within the late night industry.


Student news

Less talk from parents can encourage more speech from children
A Bath research student has helped with a study that has found children with poor language skills improve when their parents make a few simple changes in the way they interact with them.

Student serves up winning business idea
A student could see his business idea used in bars across the country, after winning a competition organised by the University’s Entrepreneur Club (BANTER).

BSc Accounting & Finance student wins Undergraduate of the Year award
Accounting & Finance student, Leanne Sweet, has been awarded First Year Undergraduate of the Year, at the Undergraduate of the Year Awards, held at East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf last week.



Implementing proposals for re-organisation: Review of Faculty/School administrative support
The development of a future staffing plan for each Faculty/School has been completed and the final phase of work to transfer to the faculty-focussed model has commenced and is being led by the Deans and Directors of Administration.

Advice for those affected by flight ban
A number of staff may have been stranded abroad and unable to return home due to the shutdown of airspace in the UK over the last week caused by the volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Staff timetable teaching exemption forms 2010/11
Academic staff who wish to apply for a staff timetable teaching exemption are reminded that the deadline for submission of forms is Friday April 30th for the 2010/11 timetable.

Purchasing Services announces new first aid supplies contract
The new First Aid Supplies contract has been awarded to C & P Medical Trading Ltd. Items can still be purchased from Central Stores until stocks have been depleted.

Earn £10 for study into attitudes to chlamydia
Researchers in Pharmacy Practice are looking for men and women aged 25 years or above to take part in group discussions or individual interviews about chlamydia. The research will take no more than one and a half hours and volunteers will be given a £10 voucher for taking part.

Bath International Music Festival discount for staff
University staff can buy tickets for the Bath International Music Festival (26 May to 6 June) in advance of the general availability and at a ten per cent discount. Call the Box Office on 01225 463362 and quote ‘University of Bath staff member.’

Swap Shop wiki
Does your department need to get rid of something that might be useful to another department? Why not use Purchasing’s Swap Shop wiki to swap it.

New starters in March 2010
The new starters update gives the name, job title and department of all new members of staff at the University who started in the previous month.

Vacant posts:



Deadlines & nominations

The Eric Snook Community Prize
Do you know someone who has volunteered within the local community over this academic year? Have they helped to improve ‘town & gown’ relations? If so, why not nominate them for the Eric Snook Community Prize. 28 April

Bids for Teaching Development Fund
As part of its Learning & Teaching Strategy, the University has continued its commitment to a Teaching Development Fund. The Learning & Teaching Committee invites project bids for the latest round of teaching development funding (approximately £60,000). 30 April

The 2010 Staff Recognition Award
Do you know someone who has shown initiative, innovation or creativity? Then nominate them for a Staff Recognition Award. The Award recognises either individual members, or small groups, 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. 30 April


Training & development

In the media


Lectures & seminars

Smoking still kills: what next for tobacco control?
In a lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 28 April, Professor Linda Bauld will outline the extent of the tobacco epidemic and what can be done to reduce smoking rates further.

Seminar on the Internationalisation of Higher Education
All are welcome to a free seminar on the Internationalisation of Higher Education on Thursday 10 June. The day starts at 10am with coffee and will finish at 4pm.

Public lectures
The programme of free lectures open for staff, students and the general public is available online.

Catch up on any lectures you may have missed.


What's on

Monday 26
18:15 PM Otherwise

Tuesday 27
12:15 PM Mid week Eucharist/H C Service
13:15 PM CNM seminar - Regularization in large data assimilation problems
13:15 PM Revision & exam techniques 1
16:30 PM Global environmental change & food security
19:30 PM Wine drinking culture in France

Wednesday 28
12:15 PM Technology Commercialisation Campaign event
16:15 PM The legacy of Joan Robinson
18:15 PM Smoking still kills: What next for tobacco control?

Thursday 29
16:30 PM Governing uncertainty: From social protection to resilience
19:30 PM Living in Japanese occupied China - a personal history

Friday 30
14:15 PM Collaborative Provision Approval Panel
14:15 PM UN ideas that changed the world
19:30 PM Creating complexity - the evolution of cell types.
21:30 PM flirt! 80s Night May

Saturday 1
14:30 PM General election 2010 - Bath candidate hustings at BRLSI
21:30 PM Comeplay - Baywatch Beach Party




Concerts and Performances: 

BATH UNIVERSITY STUDENT MUSICALS SOCIETY - Encore | ICIA Arts Theatre |  Monday 3 May, 7.30pm
Bath University Student Musicals Society is back with their ever popular, one-night-only review show.

SINGULARITIES - Tobias Jacob | Music Room, University Hall |  Thursday 6 May, 8pm
Roots Union singer Tobias Jacob performs a solo gig with the familiar ground of folk, roots and Americana, transformed with all sorts of original and unexpected influences.


Margareta Kern Guest | ICIA Art Space 1 |   Thursday 6 May - Friday 18 June . Open Monday -Saturday 10am-5pm
Artist Margareta Kern took up residence in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences  from 4 March . The residency is organised by ICIA and is presented as part its 2010 programme of events that explore ‘the place of work’. Whilst in residence, Kern uses Art Space 1 as a site of production for her new installation, Guest, which will develop and change over the course of exhibition. Kern will engage staff and students of the University community to explore, compare and contrast her own artistic methods of enquiry with those used in the sociology of work.

Artists Talk | ICIA Art Space 1 | Thursday 6 May, 7pm-8pm, free

Deborah Robinson - Fish - Eye – I | ICIA Art Space 2 |  Thursday  22 April - Friday  11 June. Open Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm. 
Artist-in-residence Deborah Robinson enters the hidden world of the aquatic lab in the University’s Department of Biology & Biochemistry. Catching glimpses of researchers going about their daily work, Robinson captures the strange poetic beauty of this see-through world – from fish, water and tank, to the lens of the camera itself.



University swimming trio selected for England Commonwealth Games team
Three University of Bath-based swimmers have been selected by Commonwealth Games England to compete at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Bath graduates win European bronze
Bath graduates Heather Olver and Mariana Agathangelou joined forces to win the women’s doubles bronze medal at badminton’s European Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

Queen of Speed collects athlete of month award
Olympic Winter Games gold medallist Amy Williams is the latest winner of TeamBath’s athlete of the month award.