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Bath researchers speak at TEDx

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Five researchers from Bath have recently spoken at TEDx in Frome, sharing insights from their fields.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At the Frome event, astrophysicist Victoria Snowcroft talked about using stars to map universes, artificial intelligence expert Rob Wortham explored the deep thinking of robots, sport scientist Ioannis Costas explored the relationship between sport and youth behaviour, computer scientist Christof Lutteroth discussed replacing touch screens with 'eye gaze technology' and mathematician Kit Yates outlined how mathematical modelling explains why some cats are black and others are white...

If you'd like to read more about our researchers' talks then you can see their full talk profiles on the TEDx website, and the videos of their talks will soon all be available on the TEDx YouTube feed.




Stage one of the Three Minute Thesis is complete!

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Two candidates from each of our Faculties and the School of Management have been selected following the Three Minute Thesis heats last night.

The eight candidates will compete against one another on 6 May at the Bath Festival to determine which of them will represent the University on the national stage this summer.

The candidates to go forward to the 6 May event are:

Parimala Shivaprasad
Katarzyna Smug

Tamsyn Hawken
Alison Douthwaite

Rweyemamu Ndibalema
Severina Iankova

Emma Sackville
Philip Hamann

Good luck to all of you and may the best PhD student win in May!

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Early career researchers’ advice for future PhDs

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This year’s Research Rocket was a celebration of the contributions our early career research community are making and a welcome to all those who have joined us in recent months.

The speakers, all current PhD students or post-doctoral research staff, spoke about the work they are currently involved with and also took the opportunity to share a nugget of advice with their peers about how to get the most from doing a PhD.

Today here on our blog we’re outlining some of that advice so that future potential PhD candidates reading this can also benefit from our current cohort’s experiences.

In our Department of Chemical Engineering, Marcus Johns is doing his PhD research looking at tissue engineering to create heart valves. His own genetic heart condition motivates his research, and his advice to future PhD students is to make the most of their collaborators. Marcus has worked with colleagues in Brazil and the USA and said that without these people, he wouldn’t have achieved what he has so far.

Early career researcher Dr Theresa Smith from our Department of Mathematical Science is analysing data to better understand the spread of disease. She said that doing a PhD can feel a bit like working in a maze, you can feel lost but she advises that you reflect and “enjoy the journey, you might be surprised at where you find inspiration”.

Harriet Carroll, a PhD student from our Department for Health who is looking at the impact on hydration on blood sugar control, said that you need to learn that rejection isn’t always a negative when doing a PhD. She outlined how rejection has led her to better options and to where she is today, and that by working through rejection the overall result will be better.

In our Department of Electrical Engineering, early career research Dr Despina Moschou is working to make a microchip that brings together tiny medical diagnostics tools. Her advice to anyone considering PhD research is follow their excitement and not feel limited to keep within their current discipline.

Finally, Dr Tom Curran from our Department for Health is looking at the impact of perfectionism on mental health. His advice comes directly from his own personal experiences and from his research when he says “perfection should never be a criteria in aiming for success”.

Are you currently or have you recently done a PhD? What advice would you give to potential future candidates based on your own experiences? How can you work most effectively to do good quality research, while balancing other pressures? We’d love to hear your thoughts, please do comment below!

You can read more about the content of the talks and see a video from the evening here.


Great first heat for Bath 3MT students!

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On Thursday we saw 18 Bath PhD students present their thesis in just three minutes during the first heat of the Bath Three Minute Thesis competition.

All three faculties and the School of Management entered the competition, and the level of the talks was fantastic.

Two candidates from each of the faculties and one from the School of Management will now be taken forward to the Bath final, to be held on 23 March 2016 at Bath Brewhouse, from 6pm.

The finalists will also be given the opportunity to do presentation training, and to write a piece for The Conversation about their research.

Congratulations to all those who spoke and good luck to our finalists!



Over 30 PhD students set to compete!

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We've just closed the entries for Bath's Three Minute Thesis competition, with over 30 of our PhD students set to take part in faculty level heats next Thursday.

The students entered are from all four faculties/school, and ahve a wide range of research interests.

Please do come along and support them - the day is open for all and will also be a great insight to PhD life for any of our undergraduates currently considering research study.

The following sessions will take place at the Graduate Centre, on level 2 of 4 West, directly opposite the entrance to the 4 West cafe. You may attend either one, or both:

10am - 12:45pm: Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering & Design

2pm - 4:00pm: School of Management and Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Happy new year!

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Hello all! A very happy new year from the Research Marketing Team - we hope you had a lovely Christmas break.

We're gearing up to a busy few weeks, with a number of great projects on the go. To start with we're carrying out our biannual review of research marketing activity for University Research Committee, looking at central activities and those being carried out by teams across the university.

Then on the 28th January we have the faculty level heats of Three Minute Thesis - a PhD level competition which asks entrants to present their thesis in just three minutes to a non-specialist audience.

RR internal homepageOn the 3 February the University's second Research Rocket event is due to take place, and we're just finalising speakers and getting everything ready for that. We're having fewer speakers this time, with a little for time allowed for each, and are focusing on projects that are likely to be taken forward as REF case studies in 2020.

Finally (although there is plenty more going on...!) talking about REF2020, we're really busy in the final stages of sorting through spreadsheets of projects that have been put together by Associate Deans for Research. We're working with the impact team in RIS and a number of other support services to assess where our work could benefit projects on the spreadsheets, and how we can help them achieve more impact. We'll be working on these projects really closely over the next four or so years, so this is the start of a fairly long-term piece of work and one we're pretty excited about.

So - there will be a lot more coming from us soon, but happy New Year to you all and we wish you an exciting and productive 2016!


We've moved house!

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The research marketing team has moved house this week - we're no longer in the East Building!

You can now find us on Level 4 of Wessex House, where we're sharing an office with our colleagues from the Press team, Student recruitment team, Public Engagement unit and the Internal communications team. Next door to u s is the Digital Team, so we're now all really close.

Pop up and say hello when you have a minute and we'll show you around!

- Maree and Katrina


World Cup visits Bath

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Maree and I got to pose with the Rugby World Cup when it visited the University of Bath this week at the start of its tour of the west country.

Behind the fun, however, we are actually busy working with rugby researchers Grant Trewartha and Keith Stokes as they prepare to host a major World Rugby conference in advance of this autumn's world cup.

The two-day event - which takes place over Tuesday 15 - Wednesday 16 September, two days before England kick off their campaign against Fiji at Twickenham - will bring together world experts with coaching staff and players, to look at how research can be applied to improve player safety and performance in the sport.

Find out more about the conference, or explore Bath's research which resulted in the 'crouch, bind, set' scrum laws now in place for all international games.



Blown away by Bath's PhD students

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I just wanted to add a quick post about an event we ran this week - the Three Minute Thesis, or 3MT.

You might have already heard of the event. Its been going for some years, born out of the University of Queensland in Australia, and replicated by institutions around the world. This was our first year of running the competition here at Bath, and I really didn't know what to expect.

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