International Relations Office

Updates on the University's global engagement activities

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A warm welcome to the International Exchange and Visiting students

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On 2 February the International Mobility team (Lorna, Agathe, Tracey, Cori and myself) welcomed 120 exchange and visiting students. The largest nationalities represented were Canadian, American, French, Italian and Singaporean. The smallest number of nationals attending– just to mention a few – were one from Norway, one Fin, one Pole, and one Romanian.

Newly arrived students getting to know each other over tea and coffee.

Newly arrived students getting to know each other over tea and coffee.

As usual, the day started bright and early for us, and at 8.30am we were welcoming the new students with tea and coffee and their University of Bath induction pack. We then moved to the lecture theatre for the induction presentations. Representatives from Student Services, the Students’ Union and the Academic Skills Centre joined us to provide information and guidance, and Student Services organised a game of ‘human bingo’ to encourage everyone to mingle.

Students completing the 'human bingo'

Students completing the 'human bingo'

Students on a tour of the Roman Baths

Students on a tour of the Roman Baths

In between the rain, the students were taken on campus tours by the Students’ Union Officers. Thankfully, the rain held off until noon when they regrouped for lunch and everyone seemed to have enjoyed the morning’s events!

On 10 February the students went on a tour of the historic Roman Baths, and on Thursday 16 February there will be a reception organised by Bath’s Exchange and Erasmus Network (BEN) at the Westgate, sponsored by the International Mobility Office.

The exchange and visiting students got involved with events and activities during Refresh week, and on Saturday 11 February, 56 of them joined the international lunch at the Widcombe Baptist Church. It truly was an International Café as 18 different countries were represented at the meal. Despite the freezing conditions 30 students were brave enough to join the Skyline walk afterwards and 14 of them completed the walk. Well done everybody!

Students attending the International Lunch at the Widcombe Baptist Church.

Students attending the International Lunch at the Widcombe Baptist Church.

 

Bath International Research Funding Schemes - Second Call Now Open!

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We are delighted to announce the second call for applications to our 2015-2016 International Research Funding Schemes. As you will see from some of our recent guest blog posts the previous calls are already funding a wide range of fascinating research projects across the globe and we are looking forward to receiving further high quality bids this year.

The International Research Initiator Scheme will continue to promote short-term partnership visits (of up to 4 weeks) to University Strategic Partners and vice versa.

The International Research Accelerator Scheme is designed to build upon relationships established as a result of activities funded by the International Research Initiator Scheme as well as existing partnerships with University Strategic Partners.

The Future Research Leaders Incubator Scheme will give excellent PhD students from University Strategic Partners the opportunity to study for a limited period at Bath, and vice versa.

Excellent, high quality proposals with other institutions may be considered for all of the above schemes, in particular if there are concrete plans to create a linkage between the proposed activities and one of our Strategic Partners in the future.

The deadline for the second call of applications is Monday 25th January 2016.

Please note that applicants are advised to submit their applications to their HoD two weeks before the above deadline for comments. HoDs are then advised to forward applications to Faculty Deans one week before the 25th January deadline.

Please visit the International Funding pages to find out more and to explore the whole range of international funding opportunities we offer, including a full timeline of call launch dates and deadlines for the 2015-16 academic year.

Please feel free to get in touch with us via internationalfunding@bath.ac.uk if you have any questions.