Picture of a gavel & scales in a court room

Research has shown the criminal justice system is failing victims of traumatic crimes.


"The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens"

Henry Winter (1891 - 1980)
, American novelist and painter



29 July 2011


Victims routinely robbed of respect and dignity in court, shows research
A study of adult rape and sexual assault trials by researchers including PhD student Olivia Smith, has concluded that deep-rooted problems in the criminal justice system routinely rob victims and witnesses of dignity and respect in court. The findings come in the wake of the Milly Dowler trial which raised fundamental questions about the treatment of victims and witnesses in the court process. It also calls for the Government to go beyond 'quick fixes'.

New brand analysis method could help in cases such as Apple v Samsung
Researchers including Charlie Ranscombe (Mechanical Engineering, PhD student) have developed a method for testing the relationship between product appearance and brand recognition that has shown there to be a significant number of similarities between the Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy. The analysis tool could potentially be used in legal disputes such as that between Apple and Samsung as well as to aid research and design.

What makes a successful business: don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!
Christian Stadler (School of Management) has warned against businesses changing too much to keep up with the times and losing sight of their core values. His advice is based on a recent study which has been published as a book Enduring Success: What we can learn from the history of outstanding corporations. The study investigates why nine businesses have been successful for over a 100 year period and took a team of eight at the University six years to complete.

Work begins on prototype reusable oil vapour removal system
Barry Crittenden and Semali Perera (Chemical Engineering) have commenced their KTA Partnership Development Award project, co-funded by Parker Domnick Hunter Industrial division, part of the world-leading Parker Hannifin filtration group. They are developing a prototype reusable oil vapour removal system based on ceramic monolithic structures, with the support of KT Fellow, Olivier Camus (Chemical Engineering).

Pharmacy study on Swine Flu vaccine published in British Medical Journal
A study issued by VAESCO (Vaccine Adverse Events Surveillance and Communication) network in conjunction with the Department of Pharmacy, to assess the association between pandemic influenza A (H1N1) 2009 vaccine and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), has been published. It shows that the risk of occurrence of GBS is not increased after vaccination with adjuvanted influenza pandemic vaccine.

EPSRC release map of full research portfolio
The Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) have just released their research portfolio outlining how they will continue to support excellent, long term research and high quality postgraduate training in order to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK and the quality of life of its people. At any one time the ESPRC support a portfolio of research and training between £2 - 3billion.


University updates

Apprentice win for graduate Tom
Tom Pellereau (Mechanical Engineering graduate) has been crowned the winner of BBC One show The Apprentice and will now become Lord Alan Sugar’s newest business partner. This has delighted the Mechanical Engineering department Tom graduated from in 2002 with a first class MEng degree in Innovation and Engineering Design.

Tables turned as teachers are sent to summer school
Secondary school teachers from across the country have spent a week back in University to learn about the science behind sustainable energies such as solar power and biofuels. The course run by the Department of Chemistry in conjunction with its Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, included a programme of lectures and workshops which incorporated the 'BaleHaus' as well as a trip to GENeco Biogas Generation plant.

Students’ Union receives SUEI Gold Award for its excellent student experience
We are delighted to announce that the Students' Union has achieved a national Gold Award for providing our members with an excellent student experience. We are one of only four Students' Unions across the country to achieve Gold, awarded by the Student Union Evaluation Initiative (SUEI).

A successful first year for Humanities & Social Sciences' Graduate School
The Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences' Graduate School celebrated their first birthday in style with a large marquee celebration on campus. In its inaugural year, the Graduate School has launched the South West Doctoral Training Centre, in collaboration with the other local universities, securing seven Economics & Social Research Council (ESRC) research studentships for 2011/12 as a result.

Department of Chemistry welcomes new Honorary Professor
Professor Xuhong Qian the President East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) has been awarded an Honorary Professorship by Glynis Breakwell (Vice Chancellor). Following the award a Memorandum of Understanding was signed outlining the details of 3+1+1 programme between the Department of Chemistry and ECUST. The Memorandum follows earlier broad agreement signed between the two institutions in 2010 at ECUST.


In the media

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London Calling: one year to go special presented from the STV
Eleanor Oldroyd presented a special One Year to Go edition of 5 Live Sport: London Calling from the Sports Training Village on Wednseday (27 July). The show was part of a day of programming on BBC Radio 5Live marking one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Several athletes training at the University, with the goal of competing in the 2012 games, were interviewed for the show. If you missed it you can listen again via the BBC Radio 5Live website.


Learning & teaching

Quality Assurance Agency announces Institutional Review dates 29 April 2013
A review from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) has been scheduled. The QAA will be replacing the previously known, 'institutional audit' with an institutional review, with effect from September 2011. Detailed information about the revised approach and methodology is available on the QAA web site. Contact James Macdonald (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office) with any general enquiries.

LTEO awarded JISC funding for Digital Literacies
The e-Learning Team (Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office) has been awarded £100,000 over the next two academic years following a recent successful bid to the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). The Professionalism in the Digital Environment (PriDE) Project will focus on supporting the University transform the way it develops, rewards and recognises all the skills, competencies and graduate attributes necessary for thriving in a digital society.

Bath leads the way on student engagement
Gwen van der Velden (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office) joined a panel discussion at this year's National Union of Students' Annual Conference in Leeds. Discussing the implications of the recent Higher Education White Paper, Gwen highlighted the exceptional collaboration which exists between the University and its Students' Union.

New Information for Directors' of Studies/Teaching
Following a recent away day for the University's Directors of Studies/Teaching, some new web pages have been compiled. They bring together information drawn from a number of sources across the University including: roles and responsibilities; the Directors of Studies’ Forum and links to other relevant resources. Sarah Turpin (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office ext.4355) would welcome feedback and ideas on developing these pages.

Notification of Moodle downtime 8 and 9 August
There will be a short period of Moodle downtime following feedback about its integration with SAMIS. This will allow the e-Learning Team to rewrite the code supporting this integration ensuring more accurate and robust links with central records can be offered. We advise downloading now any materials you will require during the two days given and apologise for any inconvenience caused. Contact Lisa McIver ext 5282 if you require further information.



Gary Lock becomes a HEA National Teaching Fellow
Congratulations to Gary Lock (Mechanical Engineering) following the announcement that he has become a HEA National Teaching Fellow. Gary joined us in 1995 and has created an innovative design activity for undergraduates at Rolls-Royce. He has also published approximately 60 journal papers and given a series of lectures at international universities on experimental fluid mechanics.

Research Centre of Excellence recognised in Bath
RICE, the dementia research institute in Bath, has been chosen as one of 500 worldwide Centres of Excellence by the International Association of Gerontology & Geriatrics (IAGG) and is one of only a few chosen in Europe. The IAGG has a combined membership of 45,100 professionals in 65 countries focused on the ageing process and how it impacts on people’s quality of life.

Catch up on the School of Management Graduation Prizegiving Ceremony
The annual School of Management Prize Giving recognised the achievements of 27 graduates at Bath Abbey. These included the most successful graduates from the BSc in Business Administration (BBA), the BSc in Accounting and Finance (BAF) and the BSc in International Management and Modern Languages (IMML).

Student awarded prize for professional placement year blog
Jonathan Gleave (Sport & Exercise Science student) has become the first student to win the Nike prize for blogging during his professional placement year. Jonathan worked at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in New Zealand and used his biomechanics and physiology skills to work on a range of projects, from elite sports science to childhood exercise health. Runners up included: Natalie Greening, Anna Ross and Joe Dale (Sport & Exercise Science students).



Do you want to train as a mediator? - Applications by Sunday 31 July
If you are a staff member or student at the University who is interested in learning how to mediate in difficult situations in a work/study setting then training is now available. To obtain an application form contact

Call for Marie Curie Fellowship applications Thursday 11 August
Those wishing to apply to the RDSO for the Marie Curie fellowship should be aware that all applications must be received by the above deadline. Contact Ritchie Head if you require any assistance or practical help in building your proposal or refining your draft. Details of the fellowship can be found via the UK Research Office (UKRO) website.

Do you need funding to help build relationships with external organisations? To be spent by Tuesday 30 September 2012
The Knowledge Transfer Account KT Champion funding is available to all academics, non-academic (e.g. research managers) and research staff to support relationship building with external organisations. The funding has supported travel to attend advisory boards or meet organisations, industrial conferences at Bath, scoping studies for further research funding, website development, mentoring, plus events with policy makers and practitioners in Bath and in London. Funding is now available to be spent by the above date. See the KTA KT Champion webpage for details on how to apply.


Work perks

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Booking for Tribe summer holiday camps
The STV’s Tribe Summer Holiday camps focus on using a fun environment to develop the skills and fundamentals children require for participation in sport. A brochure is now available and camps can be booked by calling 01225 386915 between 9am-5pm.

Offer available to University staff visiting the Holburne Museum
The Holburne Museum in Great Pultney street re-opened its doors in May after an £11 million facelift. Admission to the Museum is free of charge to all visitors, but the Museum’s Trustees have also now kindly agreed that University staff and students may visit all exhibitions without charge on proof of identify (library card). Departments may also book the Holburne for official receptions on an agreed concessionary basis; to do so, please contact the Museum directly.



Holburne hosts cinema under the stars Friday 29 July and Saturday 30 July
This weekend the Holburne and The Little Theatre in conjunction with Filmair are offering a magical opportunity to enjoy the stars of the screen beneath the stars. The screening will take place in the Museum Garden, so bring friends, family, a warm blanket and a picnic, or enjoy a treat from the Garden Cafe. Gates open at 7.30pm, films begin at 9pm (or as soon as it is dark enough). Tickets adult £6 / child £4 and are available from:

Discover the pre-historic secrets of the Bath Downs Saturday 30 July
Investigate pre-historic Bath by joining in guided tours of the Downs, finding out more about archaeological surveys, handling artefacts and making coil pots. This event is run by the Arts Barn as part of the British Festival of Archaeology.

Green impact workshops: give it a go!
If you would like to create a greener office you may be interested that Estates are running a series of environmental workshops over the summer. The sessions are part of the Green Impact scheme and all staff are invited to participate. The workshops include:



Volunteers wanted for research into physical activity during Ramadan fasting
A research study into the impact of Ramadan fasting on weight and physical activity is currently being run by the Sport, Health and Exercise Science Group (Health). Muslim males aged 18-60 intending to fast during Ramadan 2011 (which begins on 1st August and lasts for the whole month) are required for the study. Participants will be asked to wear a small physical activity monitor for three week long periods before and during Ramadan, as well as having weight and body composition measured before and after Ramadan. If interested contact Enhad Chowdhury (ext. 5744).

Call for research participants: earn £5 for one hour of your time
David Moore (Health) is investigating relationships between attention and pain experience. He is offering £5 to all staff and students who volunteer to participate in an experiment which takes no more than two hours and involves computerised reaction time tasks, and a mildly painful heat sensation. Those interested should contact David. It is important participants are not suffering from a chronic pain condition and are not currently in pain.

Volunteers required: would you like to know your hormone response to resistance exercise?
A research study into hormone response to resistance exercise is currently being run by the Sport, Health & Exercise Science Group (Health). They are looking to recruit male participants aged between 18 and 35 years old who have been weight training regularly for at least the last two years. Participants will be asked to complete two resistance training protocols four times each with testing conducted before and after the sessions.



BUCS-WISM no longer available on campus except in the Library
BUCS-WISM has now been removed from all the University of Bath residences and is now only available in the Library. This is part of Computing Services rolling out eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing) as the recommended wireless service for all the University users over the next couple of months.

Campus computer shop to close for annual stock take Monday 1 August
The campus computer shop has been closed today and will remain closed 9am - 11am on Monday. This is to allow the annual stock take to take place. Sorry for any disruption this may cause.

CDAS July newsletter now out
The latest Centre for Death and Society (CDAS) news letter is now available to read via their website.

July newsletter from Agresso now available
The Agresso team have been very busy since the beginning of the year developing and testing the new eMarketplace. Full details about the eMarketplace and more of what they have been up to are available in their latest newsletter and via their newsletter archive.

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Training & development

New e-learning module: writing your thesis
Produced by the Researcher Development Unit, the new ‘Writing your Thesis’ course brings together expertise and advice from academics, skills development staff and research students from the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter (Researcher Development Online collaboration). Expert advice has also been provided by the University of Bath’s writing coach, Dr Trevor Day. A full list of courses is available.

Researchers: new online course to help you find careers beyond academia
The Researcher Development Unit have launched a new e-Learning module, giving advice and information to researchers on careers outside academia. On the course researchers will be encouraged to broaden their horizons in terms of career choices and they will gain practical tips to help secure their ideal job.

Lights, camera, action! KTA media training course - Tuesday 6 September
Places are still available for our final hands-on media training course, commissioned by the Knowledge Transfer Account (KTA). The session puts academics in the media spotlight and will be held on the above date. To register contact Will Marsh (Corporate Communications).

Forthcoming Conference: Developing Writing in STEM Disciplines Monday 12 September
The Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office is delighted to announce that the University will be hosting a South West Higher Education STEM Conference, which will primarily aim to outline employers expectations of STEM graduates and how universities should address these expectations. To book a place contact Nadine Grimmett (Learning & Teaching Enhancement Office).