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Team Bath’s netballers will find out on Saturday night who they will face in the Co-operative Superleague grand final.


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University Updates

27 March 2009


Please turn off your computer by 5.10pm - IT maintenance this weekend
There will be no University IT services as of 5.10pm on Friday 27 March (and there may be minor disruptions to the service from 4pm as we prepare for the work). Services will return to normal by 8am on Monday 30 March. Services affected include: Email; website; Remote Desktop to office computers; all Library computers; access to the internet from campus; Moodle; SAMIS on the Web. Phones relying on VoIP technology will also be out of service.

Gun shots? Don’t panic, it’s only a rehearsal!
Don’t worry if you hear the sound of very realistic gunshots in the Arts Barn on Monday 30 March; Backstage student society are holding a training session where theatrical prop weapons will be fired.

New bus service to be introduced
Wessex Connect have bid for the contract to run the 20A/C service as of 10 May when First Bus will be withdrawing their 20A/C services. Although there are still final details to be resolved, Wessex Connect is currently the Council’s preferred bidder for the tender. Proposals have also been drawn up by Wessex Connect to provide a service from the University campus through to the Lower Oldfield Park loop (to be called the U18) from 06:55 until 20:30, Monday to Friday. This service will run approximately once every 10 minutes and will be supplemented by a slightly less frequent weekend service (similar to First). The service will be student focused with a pricing strategy to match.

Seasonal Blackwell bookshop closes
The seasonal Blackwell bookshop at 3 West 2.8A will close today (Friday 27 March). Blackwell hope to return to campus at the beginning of Semester 1 in September 2009. Books can still be ordered online.

Security Office in Wessex House now closed
The University Reception and front of house security functions are now all situated in the Library Foyer on Level 2; the Security Office in Wessex House is permanently closed.

Closure of 3 West Level 2 Foyer - This weekend
To enable the existing lighting in the Level 2 foyer and stairway landing in 3 West to be replaced under controlled conditions, access to the area will be cordoned off to all users on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2009. Access to all other areas of 3 West can be achieved via 1 West or using the 3 West lift.

Funeral details for Joshua Carter
Joshua’s funeral will take place at Chelmsford Crematorium (South Chapel) Writtle Road, Chelmsford, CM1 3BL on Tuesday 31 March at 1.15pm.

Are you an innovative science communicator? Win £10k
NESTA FameLab is a national competition to find and support talented scientists who can share their enthusiasm and knowledge with the public in an innovative and entertaining way. FameLab is looking for an enthusiastic and exciting three-minute presentation that is scientifically accurate but also engaging to a non-scientific audience.

Important new University procedure on defining employment status
The departments of Finance and Human Resources are launching a new policy to help departments make the right engagement decisions when deciding on whether an individual is an employee or a non-employee.

Abbey Santander offers staff & students special discounts
In addition to the financial support the bank donates to the University, Abbey Santander is offering Bath’s staff and students some exclusive discounts.

Vacant posts:



Bath scientists share a top prize for cancer drug research
Scientists from Pharmacy & Pharmacology have been awarded the prestigious Malcolm Campbell Memorial Prize & Medal for 2009. The award, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, is for developing a potentially new type of drug that treats cancer. The prize is named after Malcolm Campbell, who was the first Professor of Organic Chemistry at Bath.

University sets out Masterplan for the future
A designated University Park at the heart of the Claverton Campus and new Students’ Union facilities are just two of the ambitious projects included in the University’s new Masterplan, which sets out the University’s vision for the development of its Claverton Campus from now until 2020.

Local school pupils question the taste of shapes
Pupils from Bath and Wiltshire got the chance to question the taste of shapes and the feel of colours in a day-long workshop about the human brain, on campus today. Neuroscience Day was run by the Department of Biology & Biochemistry for Year 10 pupils who are ‘gifted and talented’ in science.

School of Management update
The School of Management's monthly e-newsletter includes the latest news about staff, students and alumni.


Student news

Website for student digs abroad wins business plan competition
A novel idea of helping UK students find accommodation abroad has won this year’s student business plan competition run by the University.

Bath postgrad wins first prize at high profile conference for young researchers
Andrew Thomson, a PhD student in the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, has won joint first prize for his presentation at the IStructE Young Researcher’s Conference.

Mechanical Engineering students take the Gadget Show challenge
Mechanical Engineering postgraduate students Edward Sells and Paul Riggs will be appearing on the Gadget Show on Saturday 28 March at 10.40am on Channel 5.

Bath students shine in British Council’s International Student Awards
Two Bath international students - Natalia Kucirkova (Psychology) from Slovakia and Yoma Okwa’s (Electrical Engineering) from Nigeria - have been named runners-up in the regional finals of the UK’s biggest international student competition.

MISP students get to the heart of international social policy debates
Students from the MSc in International Social Policy (MISP) travelled to Luxemburg recently for the MISP annual vacation school. They attended high profile seminars from leading academic experts and key advisers to the EU Commission and to international organisations.


Awards, bids, nominations 

Chancellor's Prize
The Chancellor's Prize is awarded to the best final year undergraduate student who has demonstrated academic excellence, together with a contribution to the life, academic reputation and general work of the University. Nominations by 30 March.

Santander Abbey Research Grants
Santander Abbey is supporting five research grants each of up to £2,000 for staff and students at the University to undertake research in Spain, Portugal or selected countries in Latin America. Closing date for applications - 8 April.

2009 Staff Recognition Award
Do you know a member of support staff who has shown initiative; innovation; creativity; customer care skills (to either internal or external customers); who has provided high quality services; or who has worked beyond the call of duty to the benefit of the University? Please nominate them for a Recognition Award. Deadline for nominations - 30 April.

Bids invited to Teaching Development Fund
The Learning & Teaching Committee has agreed that no single theme be adopted for 2009/10. It is expected that project bids will include explicit consideration of inclusivity and diversity issues, but it is not intended that this is the main focus of individual proposals. Deadline for bids - 1 May.

Schinazi International Exchange Programme (SIEP) with Emory University
The Raymond F. Schinazi International Exchange Programme (SIEP), funded for five years, will begin in the 2009-10 academic year to support a faculty and postdoctoral exchange programme between Emory University and the University of Bath, to further research and education in key areas of scientific excellence. Applications by 19 June.


In the media


Training & development


Workshops & networking

The human consequences of climate change & violence: global & local dynamics
Friday 3 April
This workshop on campus will offer an opportunity to consider case-studies world-wide where climate change is either contributing to already evident stress factors - of whatever environmental or other nature - or is likely to exacerbate these in the near-future. (Part of the Workshop Series 2008-10 for 'The forum for the study of crisis in the 21st century'.)

CR@B: Cancer Research at Bath - inaugural networking event
Thursday 2 April
This event marks the launch of the Cancer Research at Bath (CR@B) network. Any academic, group leader or senior clinician with an interest in cancer research is welcome to attend. (Sorry no students). For registration, please contact: Dr Matthew Lloyd at


What's on next week

More details about events below

Monday 30
19:30 PM Democracy, terrorism & liberty

Wednesday 1 April
10:30 AM Empty shops?
12:30 PM Women's networking event: Greening your business

Thursday 2
13:00 PM The inspiration of Erasmus Darwin
19:15 PM After Darwin: Where is evolution going?

Friday 3
12:15 PM The wonders of Westonbirt



More details about events

Staff music tuition
Are you a member of staff at the University of Bath? If so, would you be interested in having music lessons?  We are thinking of offering some staff music tuition places to complement our existing student scheme.  If you're interested, please send your name and contact details to stating your interest.

Concerts and Performances




It’s boot camp time – are you up to the challenge?
There will be plenty of sweating, shouting and grunting when the Team Bath boot camp is launched with a free one-off mass fitness session at the Sports Training Village (STV) on Monday 30 March from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Boot camp is a high intensity total body workout that is brilliant for losing fat, gaining strength and improving your endurance. Please meet in the STV reception just before 5.30pm.

Team Bath netballers through to Superleague final with win over Loughborough
Team Bath made it three wins in a row this season over big rivals Loughborough Lightning on Monday. Their 62-55 play-off victory at the STV booked them a place in netball’s 2009 Cooperative Superleague final.

Top pentathletes prepare for Bath International challenge
Some of the world’s top modern pentathletes – including 10 who competed at the Beijing 2008 Olympics Games - will be in action in the STV next Thursday and Friday for the Bath International competition.

Team Bath FC return to winning ways
TeamBath FC returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Thurrock in Blue Square South on Tuesday.

Emergency First Aid for Sport
The course is running on Sunday 5 April, 10:00-17:00 and is aimed at players and coaches of all levels.  It will provide candidates with the knowledge to identify an injury and the skills to manage the injury with first aid care. The course is tailored to deal with injuries that are common in the sporting environment.