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Annual Dinner Celebrates Research Impact

 Impact Award 1

Impact Award 2 


1. Prof Kevin Edge (Deputy-Vice-Chancellor) presenting an impact award to Dr Joe Devine, Social and Policy Sciences, and to Justin Ormand, Ecorys UK.

2. Prof Kevin Edge (Deputy-vice-Chancellor) presenting an impact award to Prof Richard Butler, Mechanical Engineering, and Ian Lang, GKN.

The University has hosted its annual dinner to celebrate the impact of our research.

The event, celebrating the great achievements of our collaborative relationships, took place at the historic Roman Baths with valued industry partners across a range of sectors.

The collaborations have been made possible through the Impact Acceleration Account (IAA), a £1.4 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which runs from 1 October 2012 until 1 October 2015.

The Account enables impact activities for EPSRC award holders, working towards better dissemination and use of our research for external organisations.

Professor Kevin Edge, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bath, provided the presentation of the 2014 impact awards to the winners, in recognition of some of the significant impacts that have been achieved though collaborative research partnerships.

Ecorys UK and Dr Joe Devine
Ecorys UK is the lead management agency on a £83m partnership, known as the Economic Empowerment of the Poorest programme, which involves UKAid from the Department for International Development, the Government of Bangladesh and Swiss Development Cooperation. Dr Joe Devine, Social and Policy Sciences, was involved in designing the overall programme and, with other colleagues at Bath, continues to support the lesson learning and advocacy components of the programme which aims to support 1 million people to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in Bangladesh.

GKN and Professor Richard Butler
Professor Richard Butler, Mechanical Engineering, assisted GKN in the manufacturing of major components for the first Airbus airliner to have composite wings, the A350-XWB. The research has helped Airbus to produce a lighter weight wing, compared to the current generation of metallic wings. This has a direct savings of one tonne of fuel per typical flight. This represents a total fuel saving of around 40,000 tonnes over the life of each aircraft.

Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), in her speech at the dinner said: “I am delighted to announce that we have recently been informed that a further fund will be awarded for 18 months from 1 October 2015. We will be publicising details about that as soon as we receive more information”.

The new funding will continue to build on our already successful collaborations and will look to create new co-funding relationships with industry and business.

Further information on the IAA