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Community impact

How your donations have made a difference to our students, researchers and city.

A helping hand through Covid-19

In autumn 2020, you and your fellow donors gave an incredible £88,670 to support students through the ongoing effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Multiple lockdowns saw part-time jobs vanish; doctoral students forced to extend their studies as research was disrupted; and many families no longer able to help financially. In response, we launched our second crowdfunding appeal for the Student Hardship Fund.

Thanks to your support, the Fund was able to make 392 emergency grants to those at our University that needed it the most, following a 133% increase in applications compared to a typical year. “The generous donations made by alumni have enabled us to broaden the scope of financial support offered to students during these exceptional times,” says Andy Leahy, from Student Services. “We cannot thank all those who contributed enough for the support they have shown to our students.”

A gift of £25,000 in match funding from alumnus and honorary graduate Peter Harrison helped to get the appeal off to a strong start. Our corporate partner Santander Universities UK also redirected over £16,000 in funding to the cause. 59% of the gifts to this appeal were made by first-time donors – we’re delighted to welcome to you to our community!

Thank you for giving a vital safety net to students.

PPE for Bath and beyond

Your support for the University’s PPE production effort has had a lasting impact.

Three doctors in scrubs wearing PPE face shields.

For several months, we were the main supplier to the city’s Royal United Hospital (RUH). The face shield design, created by our Department of Mechanical Engineering, was translated into six languages by UN organisation SODEIT and distributed around the world, including in developing countries.

“There have been quite a few research articles that have overviewed the designs and shared them openly and freely so they can be used in other countries,” explains Dr Alexander Lunt. “For example, in the US several of the designs were replicated, which is really nice to see.”

As well as receiving multiple awards and recognition from prominent figures such as the Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and our Chancellor HRH the Earl of Wessex, the project has strengthened the University's relationship with the RUH.

“There are future projects that have come about through the connections made by our PPE endeavour,” Alexander continues. “I’ve started a final-year project which is looking at patient repositioning on the intensive care unit at the RUH, so we’re designing a device for that. We’ve also got another team that are working on redesigning some patient transport systems for ICU.

"The important thing for me is that we’ve established this relationship [which ties into one of the University’s research Beacons] and the idea is that it will grow.”

See how our PPE helped the RUH

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Giving the gift of opportunity

From events to entrepreneurship, your support achieved amazing results.

Supporting student experience

Our alumni and friends gave their time to our community by volunteering at our online networking and careers events. We welcomed more than 1,600 attendees from 60 countries to 45 events throughout the year, featuring 88 speakers.

Our community of Bath Connection volunteers has also grown to include 1,638 mentors and 428 alumni ambassadors, sharing their expertise and university experience with students, fellow graduates and offer-holders.

Volunteer on Bath Connection.

Rewarding innovation

Laboratory research produces a lot of single-use plastic waste – and most of this is not being recycled due to fears over chemical or biological contamination. LabCycle, co-founded by PhD student Helen Liang, has developed a way of safely returning these plastics back to the supply chain.

Helen received a £15,000 Innovation Award in 2020, donated by alumnus His Excellency Khalil Foulathi, which enabled the company to develop its technology. LabCycle will begin a commercial pilot in early 2022.

Read more about LabCycle.

Baking up a new business

For School of Management graduate Meg Smith and her partner Nat, baking vegan donuts started off as a diversion during lockdown. Two grants from the Santander Entrepreneurship Fund meant they could afford the equipment to grow their new venture, The Happy Donut Bakery.

“There are lots of opportunities available as a student,” says Meg, “and the alumni network is very supportive.” In 2021, they won Best New Business at the Bath Life Awards.

Read more about Meg's entrepreneurial journey.

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