News events -July 05

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A clear link between a child's performance in numeracy and literacy tests and the relative lengths of their fingers has been identified


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Finger length helps predict SAT exam results, study shows
New research led by Mark Brosnan (Psychology) shows that results of numeracy and literacy tests for seven-year-old children can be predicted by measuring the length of their fingers.

Higher education in Europe unlikely to hit target integration date, says expert
The Bologna Process of integrating higher education in Europe is unlikely to achieve its aims by its target date of 2010, according to Jeroen Huisman, Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Management (ICHEM).

University shortlisted twice for major new research initiative
Two bids associated with the School for Health have been shortlisted for funding as part of a major new public health research initiative. The University is hoping for a share of £20m funding to set up 'the Avon collaborative centre for public health research' and 'the UK centre for tobacco control studies'.

Bioscience Symposium on IP & Commercialisation 7 June 2007
This seminar, sponsored by BBSRC, is for research postgraduates, MRes students and research staff who are interested in commercialising their research. Chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy and pharmacology researchers are particularly welcome, but all postgraduate staff and students with an interest in the area would be most welcome.

Aviation industry focuses on Lean thinking at conference
Andrew Graves (Management) led the initial session at the Annual Plenary Conference of the Lean Flight Initiative with first hand information on challenges facing the aviation industry today.

Phil Merrick elected to Chamber of Commerce
Phil Merrick, Manager of Swindon's Innovation Centre, has been elected to the Council of the new Swindon Chamber of Commerce.

Vote for your favourite painting
The University is currently running a competition to promote new painting on the theme of innovation and enterprise. There are two prizes up for grabs: the University of Bath Painting Prize and the University Choice Prize for the artist whose painting receives the most votes from staff and students. Why not go along to the University Hall Foyer in your lunch hour and view the shortlisted entries?

University launches competition to design new arts centre
The University is hoping to build a major interdisciplinary arts complex at its Claverton Down campus. To help get the project fully underway, a competition with the Royal Institute of British Architects has been launched to find a team of designers who can draw up the initial plans.

Epic seminar offers adventurous route to success
People who want to start a business or make other life changes are invited to a fun and informative seminar at the Oakfield campus that promises an adventurous route to success on Monday 11 June.

Primary pupils to find out about university
Children from two primary schools in Swindon are to get a fun introduction to university life, in a scheme organised by the University.

Management student wins International Student Award
MSc in Marketing student, Qing Zhang, has beaten thousands of other hopefuls to win the Regional Runner-Up Prize of the International Student Awards 2007. Sponsored by the British Council, the annual competition celebrates the achievements of international students and their contributions to life in the UK.

Google joins fight against student plagiarism
The world's largest search engine, Google, is to ban adverts from companies that offer essay-writing services.



Awards ceremonies - 26, 27 & 28 June in Bath Abbey
Please can any staff who wish to take part in the processions at the Awards Ceremonies return their forms to Sheila Willmott as soon as possible. Thank you.

Executive Committee summary notes
The notes of the Executive Committee meeting held on 18 April 2007 are now available online.

Please make all your Inter-Library Loan requests online
Last November the Library's Inter-Library Loans Department launched a new service enabling users to submit and receive requests for journal articles electronically. Following positive feedback on its speed and convenience, users are now invited to make all their Inter-Library Loan requests online.

University Car Share Scheme celebrates 150 members
The University of Bath is celebrating the success of its private car share scheme; it was set up 16 months ago and has already attracted a membership in excess of 150.

English Language Centre launches new website
The English Language Centre (ELC) has launched its new website this week, aimed at attracting prospective international students who are preparing for university study.

Security Office closes for refurbishment
The Security Office on Level 2 of Wessex House will close for refurbishment between 18 May and 4 June 2007. Callers should attend at the Library Security Reception Desk where they will receive normal service, such as keys, lost and found property, general enquiries and so on.

Late May Bank Holiday Playscheme
The Playscheme will run from Tuesday 29 May to Friday 1 June at St Martins Garden Primary School from 8.30am-5.30pm. A range of indoor and outdoor activities are planned. Cost: £8 a day for students; £15 a day for staff. Parents are welcome to use the Care4 Voucher Scheme.

Are you interested in hosting a visiting French student this summer?
People in Chippenham, Calne, Marlborough, Warminster or Yeovil willing to provide accommodation for postgraduate students from France are being sought by the University.

Vacant posts:


Teaching Development Fund
Deadline for bids: 29 May 2007. The main aim of this year's allocation will be to support academic student support or learning skills development. Academic student support encompasses all those activities within the curriculum or otherwise that directly support, steer or develop students' effectiveness of academic study.

Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways
Proposals by 31 May 2007. Note: the Guide for Applicants has been updated since the call was published. Please make sure, therefore, that you download the final Guide for Applicants before proceeding with the proposal preparation.

DTI Technology Programme for Collaborative Research and Development Projects
Deadline: 11 June 2007. The Collaborative R&D competition will provide funding to the most innovative, marketable projects which will boost the UK economy.




  • Mark Brosnan has been in great demand to discuss his research predicting children's SATs results by measuring their finger length. He has appeared on Bath FM, GWR, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio Swindon, BBC 3 Counties, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Wiltshire, BBC Radio 5 Live, Independent Radio News, Sky News Radio, BBC Radio 2 (news bulletin) and BBC Radio 4 (papers review).


Full details:

Monday 28
19:30 PM Poking fun at religion

Tuesday 29
12:15 PM Midweek Eucharist/Holy Communion
12:45 PM Oxfam Lunch
13:15 PM CNM seminar
16:30 PM Joined up (good) governance? Links & missing links between evidence & policy
19:30 PM Professional garden designers in early modern China

Thursday 31
12:30 PM BPVS (The British Picture Vocabulary Scale)
14:00 PM Mini-symposium to celebrate the opening of new NMR and mass spec facilities



Contact ICIA on extension 6777 for all tickets and bookings.


  • Bath Dance Forum Shift (Sat 26 May, ICIA Arts Theatre)
    Showcasing new and exciting work created by a variety of companies and individual dancers from the Bath area.


  • Deborah Robinson Recent Work (Till Fri 29 June in ICIA Art Space 1)
    Deeply atmospheric photographic works that draw from the edges of rational thought and vision to explore the unconscious of science.
  • Curious (be)longing photographic exhibition (Till 29 June in ICIA Art Space 2)
    Leslie Hill (USA) and Helen Paris (UK) are highly acclaimed artists whose latest project explores ideas of longing and belonging.


Team Bath's England talent back in superleague action this weekend
Team Bath's Pamela Cookey, Rachel Dunn, Geva Mentor and Tamsin Greenway all played a part in England's first win for more than 30 years over world champions New Zealand this month but they're putting all that behind them this Saturday (26 May) as Team Bath face Mavericks at 3pm in the University of Bath's Sports Training Village.

New strength and conditioning coaching course available
Team Bath's Wellness and Lifestyle team is offering a new bespoke fitness course for people interested in coaching strength and conditioning.


Dame Kiri Te Kanawa receives honorary degree Dr John Beeching with cassava plants Student racing car