Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

Topic: Celebrating successes

Christmas message from the VC

📥  Celebrating successes, Messages

As we approach the last few working days of 2016, I wanted to wish you well for the festive season.

It has been a particularly busy few months. Our 50th anniversary celebrations on 25 October were a real highlight and I’m grateful to everyone who made them such a success.

Casting our sights to 2017, our University of Bath Festival will be taking place on 6 May and I’m looking forward to welcoming the wider community on to campus to experience the best we have to offer in research, teaching, sport and the arts.

Next year will be an important one for our University and we will be forging ahead with the implementation of our Strategy, attracting more postgraduate students, increasing our research power, continuing to improve our infrastructure and forging stronger international partnerships.

In the meantime, I hope you have the opportunity to relax, enjoy your break and watch the Royal Institution’s 2016 Christmas Lectures which will be broadcast on BBC Four on 26, 27 and 28 December at 8pm.  It is an enormously prestigious lecture series with a rich heritage of scientific discovery and we are delighted that Professor Saiful Islam, from our Department of Chemistry, will present ‘Supercharged: Fuelling the Future’ this year.

My thanks to our entire community for all your hard work. I wish you and your families a very merry and peaceful Christmas, and a happy New Year.

Best wishes,

Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell's signature

 

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell

President & Vice-Chancellor

 

Launching our programme of events to mark our 50th anniversary

  

📥  Alumni event, Celebrating successes, Messages

Dear colleague,

Whilst our University formally received its Royal Charter on October 25th 1966, our celebrations of our 50th anniversary will continue throughout the new academic year and start in earnest this week.

The 50th anniversary planning group has put together an impressive programme of almost 100 conferences, events and other activities across the full spectrum of University life.

The very first week will see a talk on ‘Phosphatases and Signalling in Health and Disease’, the 25th Annual Conference of the Society for Risk Analysis and a special screening, at The Edge, of ‘Goal!’, a film about the 1966 world cup. We’ll be welcoming exceptional Bath-based athletes and coaches to our sports Hall of Fame and holding our summer graduation ceremonies in Bath Abbey from June 28th to 30th.

Bath Abbey will also be the venue for a special celebration on October 25th which staff, students and alumni will all have an opportunity to attend. More details of this and other forthcoming events will be communicated separately and published on the 50th anniversary webpages. The programme will include a birthday party on campus and also a festival day for the whole community on May 6th 2017.

The anniversary is both a wonderful opportunity to showcase all we have established together as a University community and a reason to ‘Look Further’ - our chosen theme for our 50th year.

In what will be – whatever the result of Thursday’s referendum - a momentous week for this country, it is perhaps timely to think that having started as a single building in a field overlooking Bath, we are marking the start of our celebrations as the highest ranked University of our age in Europe, with a global network of strategic partners and a worldwide community of over 100,000 alumni.

Achieving our goal of becoming an international leader in innovative graduate education will require us to deliver the suite of strategic priorities outlined in our new University strategy. The theme of ‘Looking further’ is not simply an encapsulation of all our University has achieved in its first 50 years, it also articulates a continued shared ambition for future excellence, impact and influence.

I look forward to celebrating with you.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell's signature

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell
President and Vice-Chancellor

 

Congratulations on our June Open Days

  

📥  Celebrating successes, Learning & Teaching, Messages, On campus

Dear colleague,

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone involved in our June Open Days. We welcomed thousands of visitors over two days and I am delighted that we kept the show on the road through sunshine and showers to put on a very successful event.

Open Days give prospective students the chance to visit Bath to see for themselves the world-class courses and facilities on offer at the University. There is very clear evidence that our Open Days both help to convince prospective students to apply here and also that they are more likely to make Bath a firm choice should they receive an offer.

Our Open Days are a great opportunity to showcase our University and I’m sure you will agree that the atmosphere on campus was incredibly positive and uplifting.

If you have any feedback about the Open Days, you can either visit the drop in evaluation session next Wednesday 22 between 12.30-14.00 in 1 West North 3.11 or e-mail the team at opendays@bath.ac.uk.

Finally, I am always humbled by the sheer effort of so many people working to ensure the event goes smoothly. From the events team and organisers in faculties, to the hard work of estates and security and our many student ambassadors, it really is a team effort. So whether you were giving a talk, setting up in the early hours, leading a tour, staffing a stand in the Information fair or welcoming visitors to campus, a huge thank you for all you have done.

Many thanks,

Professor Bernie Morley
Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Provost

 

 

Vice-Chancellor interviewed by Students' Union for CampusTV

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📥  Celebrating successes, Learning & Teaching, On campus, Research

CampusTV interviewed the Vice-Chancellor asking questions, amongst others, about campus expansion, student accommodation,  advice for women in their careers, and postgraduate study at Bath,

Watch the highlights video

or view the full length version

 

VC to identify eminent scientists for Science Council

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In 2014, our Vice-Chancellor was named one of the 100 leading practising scientists in the UK by The Science Council.

She was recognised for "leadership in UK higher education and championing the role of universities in scientific and technological innovation, exploitation and economic regeneration".

This year, Dame Glynis has been invited to join the advisory panel of The Science Council identifying eminent scientists for the 2016 list.

The annual list of 100 practitioners reflects a rich and diverse landscape of scientists working to research and develop our future knowledge, others who are teaching and mentoring future scientists, some who shape policy and campaign on science-based issues and those who communicate about science and explain complex scientific issues.

This appointment follows the recent announcement that the Vice-Chancellor has been appointed to the Science & Technology Honours Committee, which reviews nominations made for national honours (such as knighthoods and damehoods) in the fields of science and technology.

 

Vice-Chancellor appointed to Science & Technology Honours Committee

📥  Celebrating successes

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, has been appointed by the Cabinet Office to the committee which reviews nominations made for national honours (such as knighthoods and damehoods) in the fields of science and technology.

The committee is chaired by Professor Sir John Bell FRS – Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford - and includes amongst its other members the Chief Scientific Advisers to the UK and Welsh Governments.

Commenting on her appointment, Dame Glynis said: “The national honours system plays an important role in recognising the people whose talent and commitment makes advances in science and technology possible.”

 

Inter-institutional collaborations in doctoral training provision

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Following the University’s successful bid for funding from the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a project is underway to assess our training for postgraduate research students within inter-university partnerships.

The project is considering ways to:

  • enhance the experience for doctoral training students from application to employability;
  • create more efficient procedures and more effective deployment of resources (benefiting both the University and our partners);
  • develop good practice applicable across the sector.

A series of face-to-face interviews is planned for the next phase of the project and Dr Susanna Martin will be joining the team on Monday 1 February to assist with the collation and analysis of data. Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Project Manager said:

“Having completed her PhD at Bath, Susanna is well placed to evaluate the support available to doctoral students and the ways in which their experience might be enhanced. Her experience of working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychology will also be invaluable.”

It is anticipated that the project findings will help to inform the University’s new Strategy for 2016-19 and help us to achieve our ambition of being recognised internationally as a top university for graduate education.

 

Technology Panel Debate with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching)

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The first LITEbox event of the new semester kicked off on 15 October with Professor Peter Lambert, the University's recently appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), chairing a debate on the uses of new and existing technologies to a packed lecture theatre.

Commenting on the event, Professor Lambert said: "I very much enjoyed chairing such a well-attended and dynamic event, particularly with such a mixed audience of both academic and Professional Services staff from across the University"

For the full review read the LITEbox blog here.

 

 

Ground-breaking deal with South African Government

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📥  Celebrating successes

The University is to provide advanced leadership training to senior South African Higher Education professionals in a ground-breaking new partnership with the South African Government.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “The University of Bath is proud and delighted to celebrate this unique partnership with all the universities of South Africa.

“We take our responsibilities for this hugely valuable partnership very seriously. It speaks strongly to our international values and philosophy: partnership for the long-term for social and intellectual benefit.”

Read more about the partnership on University News.