International Relations Office

Updates on the University's global engagement activities

Topic: Award

First round of 2015/16 Bath International Research Funding Scheme award winners announced

📥  Announcement, Award, Funding/Scholarship, Research

Following the first call for funding applications to the 2015/16 Bath International Research Funding Schemes we are delighted to announce the winners are:

International Research Initiator Scheme

  • Dr Petra Cameron (Chemistry) will visit Koç University to increase collaboration in the field of Energy Materials and Photovoltaics leading to joint research bids.
  • Dr Bryan Clift (Health) will develop long term collaborations with colleagues from University of Sao Paulo (USP) and host a workshop in Bath  on the topic of urban transformation and mega-sport events in Brazil such as Rio 2016.
  • Dr Katharine Fraser (Mechanical Engineering) will conduct biomedical engineering and cardiovascular fluid dynamics research with collaborators at Koç University.
  • Prof David Galbreath (Politics, Languages & International Studies) will welcome colleagues from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to Bath to develop research proposals and grant applications in the field of technology, politics and society.
  • Prof Andrew Heath (Architecture & Civil Engineering) will travel to Stellenbosch University with colleagues from Bath to further links between the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials (BRE CICM) and the Stellenbosch Unit for Construction Materials and initiate research projects that will lead to joint funding proposals.
  • Prof Andreas Kyprianou (Mathematical Sciences) will visit colleagues at Koç University and host a reciprocal visit aimed at furthering collaboration in the field of probability theory.
  • Dr Jane White (Mathematical Sciences) will collaborate with colleagues at Stellenbosch University to research the control of HIV-related cancers and mathematical modelling for infectious disease control with plans to develop joint funding bids.
  • Dr Chenjian Zhang (School of Management) will work in collaboration with Zhejiang University and Cornell University researching the emergence of the social enterprise sector in China.

International Research Accelerator Scheme

  • Dr Wali Aslam (Politics, Languages & International Studies) will host workshops in Cape Town and Singapore to bring together colleagues from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Stellenbosch University and the University of Sao Paulo (USP) on the topic of Misplaced States and the Politics of Regional Identity.
  • Dr Lee Bryant (Architecture & Civil Engineering) will be working with colleagues from Stellenbosch University to conduct fieldwork and develop a WRC proposal in the field of water quality, pathogen transport and mobilization, and mitigation.
  • Dr Sarah Halligan (Psychology) will conduct a small scale research project looking at child and adolescent mental health following PTSD in South Africa in collaboration with colleagues from Stellenbosch University to develop joint research funding bids.
  • Prof Alastair Spence (Mathematical Sciences) will host a workshop at Bath with colleagues from with Koç University to explore further collaborations in the field of Eigenvalues: Numerics and Applications. Joint funded with the Faculty of Science.
  • Prof Tamas Szekely (Biology & Biochemistry) will host workshops at Bath and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) discussing new genomic and phylogenetic approaches for sex determination systems and to develop joint research proposals.

Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme

  • Dr Lee Bryant (Architecture & Civil Engineering) has a PhD student that will spend 6 months carrying out field work with colleagues from Stellenbosch University and collaborating on a review paper with colleagues at Emory University on the topic of water-quality effects of storm water runoff in South African slums.
  • Dr Emma Carmel (Social & Policy Sciences) has a PhD student that will visit the Harvard Graduate School of Education for 4 months to research and present findings on 'race', ethnicity & education.
  • Prof Dimo Dimov (School of Management) will supervise a PhD student from Stellenbosch University for 6 months whilst at Bath researching enterprise engineering, innovation management and entrepreneurship.
  • Dr Darrell Patterson (Chemical Engineering) will supervise a PhD student from the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Spain for 3 months to research Catalysis and Reaction Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Water Engineering.
  • Dr Weijia Yuan (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) has a PhD student that will visit Tsinghua University for 6 months to research and build a novel power electronic controller for a superconducting magnetic energy storage and battery hybrid energy storage system. Dr Yuan will then host and supervise a PhD student from Tsinghua University here at Bath for 4 months to continue testing and research.


International Masters Students Scholarships Reception

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship

With the new term well under way it was time once again for the reception for scholarship recipients at the Roman Baths on Wednesday 28 October. The evening provided 150 students with the opportunity to meet their fellow scholars, celebrate their achievements, and of course enjoy the spectacular setting.

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

Competition for the scholarships was intense (500 applicants for awards in 2015). We were impressed not only by the academic credentials of the candidates but the role many of our scholars played in their universities and communities. We were also impressed by their sporting success, artistic excellence, their awards for many different accomplishments, their voluntary work and the challenges overcome to achieve their ambition of overseas study.

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

Our links with universities worldwide continue to grow and we also extended a warm welcome to scholars from a number of our partner institutions.

The University of Bath International Scholarship (UBISS) scheme was set up in 2006/2007 and, alongside the elite awards offered by the Faculties of Engineering and Design, Humanities and Social Sciences and Science, together with the School of Management, it has grown to become a significant fund, awarding in the region of £360,000 each year.

Through the generosity of our alumni and corporate donors - some of whom were guests at the reception, further scholarships have been made available, including:

  • the Santander scheme for students from Latin America
  • the Jack Cater award for a Hong Kong University graduate
  • the Steve Huckvale scholarship for candidates from Africa
  • the Frank Wallace scholarship for a Chinese student of Mechanical Engineering
  • the Windle Trust
  • we also thanked Mr and Mrs Hall, Diana Lanham, Chris Coles for their support and the Commonwealth Scholarships and Chevening Schemes

In her welcome speech, Caroline Baylon, Director of Partnerships and Head of the International Relations Office, expressed her gratitude to everyone involved, including benefactors and University staff.

A special thank you to The Right Worshipful The Mayor of Bath, Councillor William Sandry. In addition to his speech welcoming scholars to the city and our community, it was above and beyond the call of duty to spend 90 minutes posing with students for photos, which will no doubt now be on Facebook pages around the world!

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

International Masters Students Scholarships Reception at Roman Baths

We hope that everyone who attended the event had a pleasant evening. The selection of photos suggests that they did! Congratulations to our 2015 scholars. We wish you a successful and enjoyable time at the University of Bath.


Hans Schattle's partnership visit to University of Bath

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship, Mobility, Research, Visit

Recently the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies has had the honour of hosting Hans Schattle, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, with help from Global Mobility Scheme Funding.

Here is what he had to say about his visit:

"I had the great pleasure of visiting the University of Bath, for the month of June, based in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS).

One of my main research topics is the concept of global citizenship, an idea situated at the intersection of political theory, comparative politics and international relations.  During my stay, I wrote a chapter for a forthcoming book on education for global citizenship in South Korea, and I also worked on content analysis for a long-term project examining how the idea of global citizenship has evolved in Korean public discourse.

The interdisciplinary setting of the PoLIS department offered me a most wonderful venue to work on these two projects; several conversations with colleagues in the faculty helped me think more richly about the theoretical questions and practical issues facing efforts to expand our horizons of political membership and responsibility beyond international borders.

The regular interaction with faculty colleagues at Bath engaged other academic interests, as well.  During my stay on campus, a North Korean soldier made global headlines by crossing, on his own, the heavily guarded land border into South Korea and asking for asylum. Professor David Galbreath (PoLIS) and I co-authored a news analysis on this incident published on The Conversation.

I am also joining in a study on time preference modeling, global governance and environmental policy now being coordinated by Professor Charlie Lees (PoLIS), my host for the visit, and Professor Michael Finus (Economics).

More recently, I had the pleasure of attending a research workshop in September coordinated by Professor Galbreath at the University of Sao Paulo that included several of the University of Bath's strategic partners, and I expect to collaborate on two projects emerging from this workshop on regional security governance and failed states.

I want to thank Professor Lees, Professor Galbreath and also Pro-Vice Chancellor (Internationalisation) Professor Colin Grant for all they did to make my visits to Bath and Sao Paulo possible, and to all the faculty members who met with me for the kind hospitality they extended.  Thanks to MJ in the Claverton building for many warm welcomes throughout the month as I showed up again and again with various colleagues.  Special thanks also to administrative staff Hannah Cook (PoLIS), Clare Drake (PoLIS) and Michelle Hicks (Humanities & Social Sciences) for their help with various logistics in arranging the visits.

It is wonderful to see closer social science research links developing between Yonsei and Bath, and I look forward to continued collaboration on all fronts."

Hans is the author of The Practices of Global Citizenship and Globalisation and Citizenship, both published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Springtime in Sydney

📥  Award, Funding/Scholarship, Research, Visit

My short visit to Sydney, funded by the Bath International Research Funding Schemes, to build collaborative links with colleagues in the Work and Organisation group at the historic university here, has coincided with the arrival of springtime weather after an unseasonal cold spell.

Spring flowers on campus

Spring flowers on campus

In national politics too it has been a time of sudden renewal, following the leadership coup within the Liberal Party which saw Malcolm Turnbull replace Tony Abbott not just as party leader but Prime Minister. The sixth federal Premier in eight years, Mr Turnbull is currently enjoying a surge of popularity and public optimism, although the honeymoon period will soon be tested by new signs of economic slowdown, which overshadow the upcoming policy summit scheduled to tackle hard fiscal choices and employment relations reform.

An important part of Mr Turnbull’s fresh start has been the focus on women in government, with the reshuffle increasing female representation by 150%. The first key policy initiative of the new government was the announcement of a $100 million programme to raise awareness and strengthen hospital support services in an attempt to reduce domestic violence. Violence against women and children has been the focus of public debates over the last couple of weeks due to a series of horrific and tragic cases, which appear to have doubled in number over the last year. Campaign groups, whilst welcoming the symbolic importance given to the issue by the government initiative and the public debate it has sparked, have also pointed out that sweeping cuts to front-line legal and support services over the last few years still need to be reversed, leaving women and children vulnerable.

University of Sydney Institute Building

University of Sydney Institute Building

At a ‘Sydney Ideas’ talk I attended on the 29 September (in a packed-out 550-capacity Great Hall on campus), former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick spoke of her term of office over the last eight years as a time of transition, with some gains made in promoting gender equality but a lot of ground still to cover. Australia and the UK share roughly similar rankings in gender equality indices (Australia was ranked 24th in the 2014 World Economic Forum report, with the UK close behind in 26th place): Australia does slightly better on the aggregate gender pay gap, whilst the UK has a slightly higher proportion of women in parliament, and both countries have similar numbers of female CEOs and senior managers. Glass ceilings may have been chipped but remain firmly in place.

Great Hall of the University of Sydney

Great Hall of the University of Sydney

There is currently interest here in the idea of ‘daddy quotas’ or ‘use-it-or-lose it’ blocks of parental leave dedicated to fathers, to promote more equal childcaring responsibilities. To my eyes, two related areas of innovation stand out and both are of interest to British policy debates. The first is the rapid progress made in establishing reporting procedures for companies on gender pay statistics and flexible and family-friendly work practices, which in my view holds important lessons for British policy-makers as they examine the results of the consultation process held this summer on pay reporting. Together with colleagues at the University of Sydney I hope to be able to investigate the impact of this reporting process, drawing also on the experience of other countries such as the Nordic states.

The second is the Male Champions of Change network which Commissioner Broderick helped to bring together in 2010 (and of which University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence is a member), to try to translate reporting into transformative action within organisations across the country. Andrew Penn, CEO of Telstra since May of this year, recently posted a blog arguing for a radical programme of incremental small steps towards gender equality, starting for example with flexible working practices, and (as Commissioner Broderick argued last night) listening to women’s experiences across the organisation.

I have been inspired by these calls to action and to reflection on how research can support and promote processes of social change. My visit has been all too brief but I will take away with me some strong collaborative ties, thoughts on how to take my research forward, and musings on how research and policy can work together for the common good.


International funding award winners announced

📥  Announcement, Award, Funding/Scholarship, Research

Congratulations to all FAPESP-Bath and Accelerating International Research Collaboration award winners!

In this year’s FAPESP-Bath funding call we have funded three projects. The lucky winners will be collaborating with colleagues from University of Sao Paulo on the following projects:

  • Dr Pedro Estrela (Electronic & Electrical Engineering) will be developing novel biosensor devices for improved cancer diagnosis.
  • Dr Jonathan Evans (Mathematical Sciences) will be investigating a hierarchical set of model equations that describe complex viscoelastic fluids.
  • Professor Stephen Payne (Computer Science) will design and pilot a series of experiments on the perception of meaning from Information Visualizations (InfoVis).

The Accelerating International Research Collaboration award winners will be working on exciting new projects with a number of our Strategic Partners:

  • Dr Ana Dinerstein (Social & Policy Sciences) will be bringing together colleagues from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in a workshop to investigate how changes in the nature, perception, form and experience of labour, work and employment provide a unique window of insight into a range of interconnected phenomena responsible for the transformation of urban life and landscapes in both the Global North and the Global South.
  • Professor David Galbreath (Politics, Languages & International Studies) will be hosting a sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo (USP) with the focus on identifying and developing common interests in the field of comparative regional security with colleagues from Stellenbosch University, UNAM, UNICAMP, USP, Yonsei University and Zhejiang University.
  • Dr Apala Majumdar (Mathematical Sciences) will be working with colleagues from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to explore the crucially important question of “bridging scales” or “bridging the gap between microscopic molecular-level details and macroscopic experimentally observable phenomena” in liquid crystals (LCs) and more generally, partially-ordered materials.
  • Dr Davide Mattia (Chemical Engineering) will be hosting a two-day workshop to broaden and accelerate our collaboration with NTU in the areas of membranes, water and sustainability.
  • Professor Paul Milewski (Mathematical Sciences) will be working on a large-scale grant application on Hydrodynamic Quantum Analogues with colleagues from Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada (IMPA) in Brazil and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA.
  • Professor Rajani Naidoo (School of Management), in collaboration with University of Stellenbosch Business School and the European Foundation for Management Development, will be hosting two workshops and a conference with a focus on the role of business schools in contributing to inclusive development in Europe and Africa.
  • Dr Hugo Santiago Sanchez (Education) will be conducting an instrumental small-scale qualitative study, with colleagues from USP, into conceptualisations of pedagogical contexts and development of appropriate pedagogies using pre-service language teachers working in peripheral urban state schools in São Paulo as a case study.
  • Dr Gavin Shaddick (Mathematical Sciences) will be working with colleagues from UNAM and Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas (CIMAT) in Mexico to establish a continuing series of workshops in the area of statistical applied mathematics, with a view to leveraging future high-quality research, PhD exchange and research funding.
  • Professor Phil Willis (Computer Science) will be bringing together three academic expert teams in graphics and vision topics from Bath, Zhejiang and Tsinghua universities, to share and extend their research knowledge and set the agenda for the future of fast-moving research in computer graphics and computer vision.

Latest news & updates

📥  Award, Development, Event, International Strategy

I am very delighted to write the first post.

First of all, here are some recent developments the University has achieved internationally. We’ll be discussing some of them in the future posts.

  • The University’s new International Strategy was adopted by Council on the 26th February 2015. If you want to meet in person and discuss aspects of the Strategy, please get in touch with me.
  • The new IRO section introduces who we are and what we do. Further developments to the University website will soon be underway to create and update content to reflect our new international direction.
  • We have created a new IRO wiki. This self-help source can help you find information about our recruitment, mobility and partnerships activities, including advice on international travel and guidelines on hosting visitors to detailed briefings on our Strategic Partners.
  • I am very delighted to announce we have received a Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards nomination for Outstanding International Strategy.

We’ve also recently hosted a number of high-profile events.

We plan to post regularly about specific initiatives and activities taking place on campus and overseas by members of the IRO. So, please stay tuned.