The Great Bustard bird displaying

The impressive and beautiful Great Bustard has been displaying on Sailsbury Plain


"I've read all your CV's and on paper you all look good, but so does fish and chips!"

Lord Alan Sugar
British entrepreneur and star of BBC 1's The Apprentice


27 May 2011


Student satisfaction with feedback increases in new Guardian league table
The University has been ranked 14th out of 119 universities and colleges in the UK in the Guardian University Guide which was published this week. The percentage of students satisfied with the feedback provided (taken from the National Student Survey) rose by two per cent on last year to 61 per cent.

All of a flutter: Great Bustards show off on Salisbury Plain
Wiltshire's Great Bustards are showing some real style on Salisbury Plain this spring and our researchers have seen some fantastic displays from a four-year-old male bird. Visitors are welcome to the Great Bustard release site to learn about the project and see the spectacular scenery and wildlife of Salisbury Plain. To book a visit phone 07817 971327 or email the Great Bustard Group.

New CPD course to help health professionals improve patients' lives 18 & 19 June
A new course offered by the Department for Health will equip healthcare professionals with the skills to help their patients lead healthier lives.  Aimed at those who work face-to-face with patients including GPs, physiotherapists, pharmacists and practice nurses, the course will teach attendees how to use motivational interviewing techniques to encourage and support behaviour change.



Workshop celebrates 100th anniversary of superconductivity
An international workshop held in Bath in May celebrated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of superconductivity by Heike Kamerlingh Onnes in Leiden in 1911. The event was organised by the University and supported by the European Science Foundation and the UK Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council.

International conference proves a turning point for research community
The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering recently hosted the 12th International Electrical Impedance Tomography Conference. The event was opened by Kevin Edge (Deputy Vice-Chancellor). As part of the conference, Manuchehr Soleimani's (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) lab was presented with an electrical imaging system worth £70,000, by a leading international group from Korea.

Volunteers required for research studies
Two research studies currently need volunteers. Lorraine Linney (Psychology) would like male subjects for her study of the non-verbal communication of emotions. The study is computer-based and lasts approximately 15 minutes. To get involved contact Lorraine. Volunteers aged between 18 and 26 years old are also required to participate in a series of 1 hour focus groups concerning young people’s political activity. If you would like to attend please first complete this survey.

Launch of new Internal Peer Review College
Jane Millar (Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research) hosted a reception to launch our new Internal Peer Review College. The aim of the College is to provide a collective resource for sharing knowledge and good practice in respect of applications for external research funding, and a forum for discussion of research issues more generally. There are currently around 100 members from across the University.

KTA grant awarded
Michele Meo (Mechanical Engineering) has been awarded KTA Proof of Concept funding to develop a manufacturing procedure for nano-reinforced composite materials, typically used in the aerospace industry. This procedure has the potential to improve the performance of the materials under impact loading generated by, for example, bird strike, hailstones or runway debris.


International Relations

Visitors from India spend a week in Bath
A high-level delegation from the Faculty of Science at St Xavier's College in Mumbai, one of our partner institutions, visited campus last week. The Faculty of Science runs a very successful collaborative MSc programme in Industrial Biotechnology & Enterprise with St Xavier’s College. In addition to celebrating this relationship the group visited departments across the Faculty of Science and participated in our Innovations Day.

Ties renewed with Shandong University, China
Staff from Shandong University led by their President, Professor Xu Xianming, visited the University to discuss ongoing collaboration and to renew the memorandum of understanding that exists between our two universities. Shandong University is one of China’s most prestigious institutions and is our longest standing partner in China.

Festival of Chemistry takes over campus
Over 150 students from 36 south west schools enjoyed a fun-filled Festival of Chemistry here on campus last week.


Awards & prizes

Winners of University teaching awards 2011

Engineer who builds with sustainability in mind wins top engineering award
Doug King (Architecture & Civil Engineering), who has pioneered sustainable building design in recent years, has scooped a top award for successfully taking his innovations into the marketplace.

Winners of Images of Research competition announced
A display in Bath city centre featuring pictures from the images of research competition attracted over 320 visitors, who were asked to vote for their favourite image. The joint winners of the public vote were Glavije Amirjamshidi (Architecture & Civil Engineering) Loss of heritage: inevitable or preventable? [186kb] & Robert Burnside (Biology & Biochemistry) Great Bustard Reintroduction [100kb]. There were also awards for best overall entry Jonathon Bawcombe, (Architecture & Civil Engineering) Home Grown Douglas-Fir [253kb], best image Joe Kinrade (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) Sledge Lima Refuel on the ice sea [122kb] & best abstract Megan Chawansky (Education) Playing for the same team [235kb]. You can view all the entries online.

Green awards for staff pave way for new Carbon Management Plan
Staff from across campus and children at our Westwood Nursery have proved that when it comes to being green, a team effort can make a real difference, whatever your age. Staff enthusiasm to contribute to a greener workplace is matched by our new Carbon Management Plan, which details an action plan to achieve a 25 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2015.

Student awards:

Winner of Chancellor’s Prize announced
Ben Lane (Mechanical Engineering) has won the prize for the best final year undergraduate student. The Committee was impressed by his consistently high academic achievement both within and outside the department, which has earned him national awards.

Engineering student wins gold award for innovative fire-fighting technology
First-year student Tim Quigg (Mechanical Engineering with Advanced Design & Innovation) has beaten off competition from 70 countries and 43 US states to win a gold award at this year's International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project (I-SWEEEP) Olympiad in Houston. His winning entry was Flash-Flood: a multi-disciplinary innovation in fire-fighting technology incorporating a parabolic, integral, water turbine driven, high intensity light source.



i-Trent: upgrading our HR and payroll system
Recruitment has begun of ‘User Panel’ members required to test the upgraded HR and payroll system which is designed to improve functionality for managers and staff, as well as reducing costs. Members will be required to attend a number of 90-minute workshops over a period of three months. If you are interested please email Tom Nutley, i-Trent Project Manager, or call 4974.

2010/11 Travel Survey closed
The University 2010/11 Travel Survey has now closed – many thanks to the 2,756 people that responded. The winner of the £150 STA Travel vouchers is Ryan Kelly (Computer Science).

East Car Park - part closure
Due to the Summer Ball taking place on Saturday 4 June, part of the East Car Park will be closed off from 8am on Tuesday 31 May until 8am on Thursday 2 June. A further section will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 2 June until 8am on Monday 6 June. Any cars remaining in this area will be removed by security. If you have any questions please contact Diagrams of both areas can be viewed online.

Thank you from Westwood Nursery!
A big thank you to all who gave so generously to the fund-raising event, 'The Money Tree'; a total of £276 was raised. The Nursery is also grateful to all those who have donated Sainsbury's/Tesco's vouchers and would be delighted to receive any more vouchers before the deadline of the end of May.

Summer vacation library loans 2011
You can borrow Library stock during the summer vacation; however, there are differences in the loan period for your books. Any seven-day loan books (have a pink date label and pink tape on the spine) that are issued from the last week of Semester 2 will be due back in the Library in the first week of October. All books on the 28-day loan category will always be due back 28 days from being issued or renewed, in the same way as they are during semester-time.

Bars & Eateries:

Ordering catering? Don't forget to use new simplified system
Remember you can now place your orders with the new easy-to-use Agresso Catering Requisitions page. To place an order just follow the simple guide.

Host your department's graduation party with Food Direct
Food Direct, is the University's catering service for staff and is offering to host your department's graduation party this summer. A menu (Pdf) is available to download.


Messages from BUCS

CMS unavailable Thursday 2 June
Due to a critical infrastructure issue BUCS intends to disable publishing in the CMS for the whole of next Thursday (2 June). Everyone will still be able to create folders and files and make changes as normal, but publishing will not be available.

Seeing pop-up messages on your PC? Nothing to worry about
All centrally managed (Active Directory) computers on campus will start 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.

Managed Print Service - job retention time reduced till 31 May
The length of time print jobs are stored on the Managed Print Service has been temporarily reduced from the advertised 72 hours to 8 hours. This is a precautionary measure to lower the overall volume of jobs in the system whilst student hand-in dates are due.


Staff news

Peter Reason awarded Emeritus Professor status
Peter Reason (School of Management) has been awarded the title of Emeritus Professor by the University in recognition of the distinguished contribution he has made over the past 33 years. He is due to retire at the end of this academic year.

Kevan Horne, Head of Safety, Health & Environment Unit, retires
Kevan Horne who started here as a Health & Safety Adviser in February 2003 will retire on 31 May 2011. Kevan's extensive knowledge of health, safety and environment matters has been a major asset to the University and his pragmatic advice has helped many managers and staff. He has taken an active interest in biodiversity matters at the University as Chair of the Biodiversity Sub-Group of the Sustainability and Low Carbon Advisory Group.

Welcome to members of staff who joined us in April
Find out who started at the University in April.

Vacant posts:


Work perks

More staff discounts now available
If you're thinking of getting your hair cut or visiting a cafe one afternoon soon then it's well worth checking out the latest of our many discounts available to University staff.

Omnibus Staff Society


In the media

Would you like to receive a daily email of news stories that mention the University? Please email and include the word 'Headlines' in the subject box. A selection of HE stories in the national media is also included.



Director of Holburne Museum to talk about its recent redevelopment 1 June
Dr Alexander Sturgis will talk about the redevelopment of the Holburne and what it has achieved at a free public talk on campus.

Expert talks about how US policy in the Caribbean nearly caused the end of the world 15 June
Historian Alex von Tunzelmann will talk about the largely secret war fought by the US against communism in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Dragon’s Den star to inspire academics 15 June
Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Doug Richard is presenting a lecture to University academics on how to turn their research into business ventures.

Drinking, music, having fun and stuff: The importance of identity and belonging in young people's lives 30 June
Christine Griffin (Psychology) will discuss how the activities of young people have often been the focus for adult anxiety, disapproval – and fascination - in her inaugural lecture. 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.

Podcasts & Galleries:

Rutherford's Legacy 18 May
Dr Glenn Patrick of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford looked at how particle physics has developed following Rutherford's discovery and what developments we might expect. Download MP3 [33MB] | GULP page info

Gerald Walter's Memorial Lecture 23 May
You can now see pictures from the Gerald Walter's Memorial lecture and listen to it as a podcast. Leading architectural historian Dr Simon Thurley examines the growing role of the state in the cultural life of the nation 40 years on from Gerald Walter's Memorial Lecture. View picture gallery | Download MP3 [19MB] | Press release


Training & development

Vice-Chancellor supports admin staff CPD project
Glynis Breakwell (Vice-Chancellor) has voiced her support to a Continuing Professional Development project aimed at the University's administrative staff. She said "The role of administrative staff and their professional dedication are both vital in supporting the student experience and research agenda ...and the Administrative Staff Continuing Professional Development project is an important step in supporting teams and individuals to develop to their full potential."

New Research Ethics & Governance e-Learning module
A new e-Learning module, which gives an introductory overview of Research Ethics for early career researchers has been launched but this course does not replace the ethics training that already exists in many academic departments.

Staff Development & Performance Review - the Development Toolkit
With many about to take part in their Staff Development & Performance Review (SDPR), it's timely to remind all staff about the University's online Development Toolkit. During the SDPR, you may identify personal development areas for which the toolkit can provide a cost effective solution - articles, advice, tips, diagnostics at your desk; written by experts and collated for you, so you don't even have to use Google.

Innovations Day: Capturing your practice
The e-Learning team is pleased to announce the release of two guides to support members of staff in their use of Panopto, the lecture capture platform. Introducing Panopto [Pdf] is a four page guide which outlines the process that colleagues should follow when thinking about capturing lecture content. 5 Reasons to Capture Your Practice [Pdf] is a single page flyer which gives sound, evidence-based advice on lecture capture.

Upcoming dates:


What's on

Tuesday 31 May
19:30 PM Americans and the making of the Riviera

Wednesday 1 June
11:00 AM Graduate recruitment fair
13:00 PM Image & likeness - Icons & the quest for holiness in Russian Orthodoxy
17:15 PM The Holburne reborn

Thursday 2 June
13:00 PM Unexpected pleasures - the importance of travel

Friday 3 June
13:00 PM Repression of Russian literature
19:30 PM Russian film in the noughties - Revival of the spirit






Triathlete Lucy named Sports Personality of the Year
Triathlete and cross-country runner Lucy Ferguson was named the University of Bath’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2011 at the annual Blues Awards, one of the highlights of the student sporting year. Lucy, who is in the fourth year of a Sports Engineering degree, topped a poll of Students’ Union Sports Association members to collect the award.

Team Bath Netball seek Storm revenge in home play-off
Team Bath Netball coach Jess Garland says she is excited about the opportunity offered to home fans when they take on rivals Surrey Storm in the FIAT netball Superleague play-offs on Friday May 27 at 8pm. Last weekend Bath bounced back with a 59-27 away win over Glasgow Wildcats. This result offers them the chance to exact play-off revenge on Storm at the STV.