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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.


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.



Learning about our work in Korea

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Today I was invited to join our International office in welcoming Ambassador Lim from Korea to visit us Bath.

As part of the visit, all of our academics currently doing work in Korea or collaborating with Korean researchers spoke about their experiences. This was a great opportunity for our team to learn about new projects and research collaborations that we might be able to use to promote the University in the future.



Give me a printer and I'll make you a research brochure

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As some of you may know, I recently got back from a trip to the printers in Cornwall where the 2016 prospectus was on press.

Although that was to do with the Student Recruitment side of my job, I was so excited by all the machinery that Katrina is giving me another printing project - although I don't think this one will come with a trip but a girl can hope!

So watch this space for celebratory research brochures, but in the meantime, here are some images from my trip to whet your appetite!


Photography by Richard Box

Photography by Richard Box

Inside the warehouse

Inside the warehouse

Management system for colouration

Management system for colouration

The plate in the press on which the pages design are lasered onto - each plate can take 4 pages in total

The plate in the press on which the page designs are lasered onto - each plate can take four pages in total

Just some of the freshly printed pages

Just some of the freshly printed pages



Light it up like dynamite…or an optical fibre!

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Our Department of Physics is doing incredible research into light and optical fibres and what better time to celebrate them than 2015, which for anyone who doesn't know (shame on you!) is the UN International Year of Light.

Lead by representatives from the Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials and in close connection with the Institute of Physics, the Department will be bringing you laser controlling robots, impossible colouration through prisms and ‘Jelly Optics’ (optic experiments with easily accessible objects) - as well as more serious topics of course.



I'm lucky enough to be working with them throughout the year to bring you a number of fantastic events which celebrate all the incredible ways which light science affects our lives.

If you want the official wording, then this year is all about “light science and its applications, and the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health” (IYL 2015).

So watch this space for some seriously cool things to do with light, including how it can be used in all sorts of weird and wonderful applications, from dentistry to machinery!