Friday 24 February 2012
Buckingham Palace hosts Queen’s Anniversary Prize ceremony
The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Chancellor Lord Christopher Tugendhat, and colleagues and students from the University’s Department of Social & Policy Sciences will attend Buckingham Palace today (Friday 24 February) to receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education from Her Majesty the Queen.
You’re talking, we’re listening - message from the Vice-Chancellor
Feedback in the Staff Survey has led to the creation of an internal communications action plan and the launch of our new ‘You’re talking, we’re listening’ initiative.
Vacancies for Heads of Department: invitation for expressions of interest
Expressions of interest are now invited from eligible members of staff who wish to be considered for the Head of Department vacancy in their department.
School of Management students given opportunity to understand how businesses work in reality
Postgraduate students from the School of Management discussed sustainable business models of the future during a week-long business immersion project, called the Future Business Challenge.
Bath secures distance learning funding for Tanzanian construction professionals
The Faculty of Engineering's Distance Learning team has secured funding to set up a new local link with the National Construction Council, Tanzania.
Energy & Environment team activities - Autumn / Winter 2011/12
The University's Energy & Environment team has been keeping busy with a lengthy list of activities designed to further enhance the University's environmental practices.
Top investment in Bath's student volunteers
The University's Students’ Union (BUSU) has successfully undergone its renewal of the Investing in Volunteers (IIV) Award.
Placements – Business Process Review
The University has begun a Placements Business Process Review, with support from Southern Universities Management Services (SUMS) Consulting. The aim is to define and agree a common framework for placement provision across the University by September 2012.
BBA student organises charity concert for Ukranian orphans
University student Dariya Silko has orgainsed the Heart2Heart gig, a charity concert to raise funds for Ukranian orphans who are HIV positive.
Study exploring the experiences of people who have known someone who has self-harmed Volunteers needed
Do you know someone who has self-harmed? Are you interested in talking about these experiences? Hannah Heath (PhD researcher) is looking for participants for a study which aims to explore the experiences of those who have known someone who has self-harmed.
Do you suffer from headaches? Volunteers needed
Researchers at the Centre for Pain Research are interested in seeing how headaches may affect how well people can concentrate and perform tasks. They would therefore like to hear from healthy adults who experience occasional headaches, but are not on any prescription medication or seeking medical help for your headaches.
Funeral of Liz Davies 27 February
Liz Davies' funeral will be taking place at Haycombe Crematorium at 2.30pm on Monday 27 February.
New research into how the stock market perceives the capabilities of female company directors finds that an initial negative response by investors is overturned in the longer term, once markets respond to corporate performance rather than stereotypes.
EPSRC identify further research areas
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been undertaking continued work over recent months to shape its portfolio of research and training in areas where it is internationally excellent and nationally important.
Watch: New KTA film about the processing of unstructured data
A KTA film about a collaboration between the University's Chris McMahon and Babcock International Group. The study looked at ways of finding patterns in unstructured engineering data with the aim of improving engineering practice with complex assets.
Mobile ringtone musical composition set to go global
An artist in residence at the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) and the University’s Department of Computer Science will be opening Bath Digital Festival at 6pm on Thursday 15 March with a new musical composition scored for ring tones and an open, worldwide orchestra of mobile phone users.
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.
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.
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 items 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.
Info session: Key Information Sets about undergraduate courses Wednesday 7 March
The session will cover: background to the KIS and Wider Information Set, timescale to publication, information to be included and issues with the data, and strategic use of the KIS for marketing and recruitment.
Engaging with a diverse student population Friday 9 March
This session will consider some of the challenges faced by staff working in a student-facing role when communicating across culture, whether with international students, students for whom English is not a first language, students with mental health needs, students with a disability or indeed any student who is culturally different from yourself!
This course will enable assessors in departments to conduct and record computer workstation risk assessments for their colleagues with confidence and in accordance with legal requirements.
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.
Joint Equality Forum 2012 - creating opportunities for success Thursday 15 March
Dr Alun Thomas (Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Bath Spa University) and Mark Humphriss (University Secretary - University of Bath) will give delegates an overview of achievements over the year, and look to the future.
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 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 email@example.com
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).
Physics transforms student workroom
The Department of Physics has recently completed the successful refurbishment of a previously under-used room to provide students with a light, well-equipped open workroom.
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.
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.
Bath Venturers Cricket Club
Bath Venturers C.C. welcome new staff or postgraduates players to come along and play cricket. The Cricket Club usually play twice a week over the summer months, and are looking for enthusiastic players of any standard. Games are of a fun, enjoyable and convivial cricket style.
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 the University on Sunday 17 June.
Apply to become a Resident Tutor
Resident Tutor positions are for members of staff or postgraduate students. Being a Resident Tutor entitles you to furnished accommodation without charge.
The issue with lecture recordings not being able to be viewed has now been largely fixed. However, there are still a few Moodle modules which students are not able to view, which Computer Services are continuing to investigate.
Would you like to receive a daily email of news stories that feature the University? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the word 'Headlines' in the subject box. A selection of HE stories in the national media is also included. For a more comprehensive list of the University's media coverage, visit the bathinthemedia page.
- David Miller's appointment features in the THE
- Theodoros Papadopoulos discusses the latest EU agreement on Greece, BBC Radio Bristol (2.03.32-2.08.42)
- Rachid Hourizi explains the 'Internet of Things' research taking place through the Department of Computer Science, BBC Radio Bristol
- Mark Enright discusses the importance on fresh air in hospitals, Daily Telegraph
This event aims to help you understand the support on offer from the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Office.
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.
LGBT history in the Bath area Places still available!
Places are still available for this session on Tuesday 28 February from 12.15pm to 1.45pm, which will explore the national background as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender scene and movement in Bristol and Bath. It will then look at civil society, community and equality issues. The presenter will discuss his book ’Gay West’ which explores local and national LGBT history.
Showcase lecture highlights University research in action
A showcase public lecture to be held on Thursday 1 March at the University will explore three outstanding projects that highlight the research progress achieved through academia and industry collaboration.
'The Green Agenda: will the varied legislative measures introduced since 2008 deliver the UK Government's ambitious emission reduction targets by 2020 and 2050?'
This session will look at a number of the micro generation incentives that have been introduced in the UK following the passing of the Climate Change Act 2008 which set an ambitious target of an 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 from a 1990 baseline.
The Honorary President of the Child Poverty Action Group, Baroness Ruth Lister, will give a unique insight into poverty research in the UK at a free public lecture at the University on Thursday 15 March, as part of our Research in the World lecture series.
- Check out the events programme:
WW1 trip visiting the Somme Battlefields - (4 days / 3 nights) Saturday 31 March
Conversations with Jack Whitehead Thursday 1 March
Heights Tour of Wells Cathedral Saturday 9 June
Decennial Florida Expo - Netherlands (4 days / 3 nights) Friday 6 July
Dublin Tall Ships Festival - (5 days / 4 nights) Thursday 23 August
Monthly book sale (Last Thursday of each month) Student Centre 12.30 - 13.45
- New Bristol Hippodrome theatre ticket offers-
Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker Wednesday 18 April
Phantom of the Opera Monday 11 June
David Bull to judge Guardian's Sustainable Business Awards
David Bull (MSc Development Studies 1975), Executive Director of UNICEF UK recently featured in The Guardian in which he will be judging their Sustainable Business Awards.
Stephen Baldwin pitches for a place in national enterprise awards
Stephen Baldwin (BSc Physics 2011) made it through to the South West finals of the Lloyds TSB enterprise awards, held in Bristol on Tuesday (21 February).
Justin McAteer (MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings 2011) has won the prestigious SPAB Lethaby Scholarship providing him with a unique nine month training programme in practical building conservation.
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 www.bath.ac.uk/icia
- Practice | 7.30pm | ICIA Arts Theatre & Arts Barn | Saturday 25 February |
- Gravity Vomit Bath UpChuck 2012 | Day Event: Saturday 25 February, 11am-7.30pm | Founders Sports Hall | Evening performance: 7.30pm | University Hall |
- Jo Longhurst Suspension | Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm | ICIA Art Space 2 | Monday 13 February - Friday 4 May |
- Artist in Residence Peter Anderson | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm | ICIA Art Space 3 | Wednesday 15 February - Friday 4 May |
- Bath University Student Theatre Arsenic & Old Lace By Joseph Kesselring | 7.30pm | The Mission Theatre, Corn Street, Bath | Thursday 1-Saturday 3 March |
Murray strikes gold in Budapest
University of Bath French & Politics student Samantha Murray continued her impressive start to 2012 by winning the Hungarian Indoor Championships in Budapest at the weekend.
2012 celebration at STV helps school pupils get into the spirit
Hundreds of secondary school pupils got into the Olympic spirit when the University staged a sport and cultural festival last week.