Research & Innovation Services

Celebrating Research Success as Portfolio Reaches £125 Million

Research and Innovation Services (RIS) has hosted an event to celebrate the University’s research funding success.

Our current research funding portfolio is now valued at over £125 million, a 6% increase from last year, with grants secured in the year reaching over £45.5 million, a staggering 37% increase on last year's total.

Dr Jon Hunt, Director of Research and Innovation Services (RIS), welcomed academic guests at the event which took place at the Wessex restaurant.

Dr Jon Hunt says: ““I think it’s important to celebrate success. It was the perfect opportunity to thank those who have invested the time and effort, as well as shown leadership, in securing significant grants and awards.

“For those that need funding to generate new knowledge, there is a tough time ahead, but our plan is in place to help”.

Recent funding successes contributing to this success include £5 million of research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for a new Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA). The Centre, based within the Department of Computer Science, has brought in an additional £5 million from industry.

Dr Darren Cosker, Computer Science, who is leading the project in collaboration with the Department for Health, spoke at the event. He highlighted the technological benefits of the Centre to biomechanics research, from training elite athletes to rehabilitating injured personnel.

Other academic speakers included Professor Tina Düren, Chemical Engineering, who has been awarded a highly competitive Consolidator grant from the European Research Council (ERC); and Dr Philippe Blondel, Physics, on his research with Seiche Measurements Ltd which resulted in a recent Knowledge Transfer Partnership from Innovate UK being awarded ‘outstanding’.

The new Pro-Vice-Chancellor (PVC) for Research, Professor Jonathan Knight, also gave a talk on Research funding and the University, thanking colleagues for their contribution to the success rate.

Professor Knight says: “This was an opportunity to celebrate an excellent year for research awards due to the joint work of RIS and our academic staff. These awards will enable us to further develop our research in a broad range of areas to address problems of national importance.”

The event finished with reception and networking for the guests.

Celebrating Research Success from University of Bath on Vimeo.

For further information on how Research and Innovation Services (RIS) can support you in developing your research please contact:

Dr Jon Hunt
Director of Research and Innovation Services
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4497