Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

My visit to India

📥  Messages, Representing the University

In mid-November, I visited New Delhi as a member of a delegation led by the Minister for Higher Education & Cities, Greg Clark, to the UK-India Higher Education Summit.

VC visits India

I met with the ministers and senior officials of the Indian government

The purpose of the mission was to discuss with the ministers and senior officials of the Indian government how our two countries could work together more effectively in research and innovation and in the development of higher education programmes.

The delegation included leaders of the British Council, British Academy, Royal Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering besides representatives of the Research Councils, the Chief Scientist of the FCO, and four other VCs (from Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter and Aston).

The two days proved remarkably productive: (more…)

 

Vice-Chancellor honours outstanding research

📥  Celebrating successes

Professor Jane Millar OBE, from our Department of Social and Policy Sciences, will receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Medal, at this year’s winter award ceremonies on Wednesday 9 December.

Professor Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research, has an international reputation for her ground-breaking research in social policy and specifically for work on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, and the ways in which government policy affects women and children.

Professor Millar’s work combines quantitative and qualitative methods, and has been innovative in many respects, including the first national survey of the living standards of lone parents in the UK. (more…)

 

Christmas message

📥  Messages

As we enter December and thoughts start to turn to the festive season I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work over the past year. There has been plenty to be proud of in the past 12 months.

We continue to attract an increasing number of high quality students who want to study at Bath. Once here the academic and social opportunities and facilities we offer are highly thought of and reflected in Bath being ranked first for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for a second year in a row. Last week’s Better@Bath event provided an opportunity to celebrate this and other learning and teaching successes.

In terms of our research we are now just weeks away from the publication date for REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission. The outcome will be made public on 18 December. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to REF 2014 return. It was a challenging task and we all know how much thought and care went into it by so many colleagues across the University. (more…)

 

December 2014 Monthly Message

  

📥  Messages

As we enter December and thoughts start to turn to the festive season I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work over the past year. There has been plenty to be proud of in the past 12 months.

We continue to attract an increasing number of high quality students who want to study at Bath. Once here the academic and social opportunities and facilities we offer are highly thought of and reflected in Bath being ranked first for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for a second year in a row. Last week’s Better@Bath event provided an opportunity to celebrate this and other learning and teaching successes.

In terms of our research we are now just weeks away from the publication date for REF (Research Excellence Framework) submission. The outcome will be made public on 18 December. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to REF 2014 return. It was a challenging task and we all know how much thought and care went into it by so many colleagues across the University. (more…)

 

Preview: VC's report to Senate - 3 Dec 2014

  

📥  On campus

1. GW4

The GW4 Alliance, which brings together the combined strengths of the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter, held its official launch on 29 October in Westminster. In a successful event at the House of Commons hosted by Baroness Randerson, Secretary of State for Wales, Stephen Crabb MP, came together with representatives from industry, business, academia, charitable organisations and the public sector, to celebrate the Alliance’s achievements over the past 18 months. The collaborative strength of GW4 has already succeeded in attracting significant funding to train postgraduate researchers and bring the brightest minds to the region. It hosts the largest Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in the UK, providing 200 studentships to develop the next generation of environmental scientists. In the past year it has funded over £650,000 to 35 projects harnessing expertise across the four institutions to tackle some of society’s grand challenges such as climate change and dementia.

2.         Committee of University Chairs (CUC) - Higher Education Code of Governance

The revised Code of Governance was approved in principle by CUC members on 16 October and is undergoing final revisions. The key changes are: (more…)

 

VC visits staff in Pharmacy & Pharmacology

📥  Visits to departments

On the latest of her visits, Dame Glynis met with staff from Pharmacy & Pharmacology to find out more about the work of this ‘impressive’ department.

The Pharmacy Practice Suite

The Pharmacy Practice Suite

Professor Stephen Ward, Head of Department, began the tour in the Pharmacy Practice Suite, where students were having a dispensing lesson. The Suite is complete with dispensary, consultation rooms and medical examination rooms; all to simulate as accurately as possible what working at a busy pharmacy might be like.

Community Pharmacist and Teaching Fellow, David Taylor, introduced the Vice-Chancellor to Sean Lee, a third year MPharm student who was being tested on his ability to check the accuracy of a prescription, and Natalie Griffiths, a PhD researcher who was role-playing with students in the consultation rooms. Dame Glynis commented on how calm and professional the students all seemed. (more…)

 

Article about the VC in Bath Life magazine

📥  In the news

Our Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell was invited to speak at Bath Life's Business Club recently.

Describing what it's like to manage one of the UK's top 10 universities, she said: "It's like being the CEO of a multinational business. Running the 200-acre campus is a bit like running a small town."

Click the image to read the article (page 103)

She also talked about our international partners, our research and our commitment to invest in and engage with our students.

You can read the full feature on page 103 of Bath Life magazine.

 

Postcard from the Far East

📥  Messages, Representing the University

This month’s message has been written from the Far East where I have been joined by our Chancellor HRH The Earl of Wessex on his first official international engagement for the University.

We attended the Ambassador’s Residence in the British Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, where I was delighted we could host an event to a room full of not only our alumni but also our educational partners and corporate contacts. I took particular pleasure from seeing senior representatives from our partner institution Yonsei University including Provost Dr Hyun Yoon Shin, as well as Dr Keum-Jin Yoon, Executive Vice-President of the Korea Foundation. We were also delighted to host, for the first time, Professor Nak-In Sung, President of Seoul National University.

Pictured are some of the guests from our event at the Ambassador’s Residence in the British Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, including Professor Nak-in Sung, President of Seoul National University, Dr Hyun Yoon Shin, Provost of Yonsei University and Dr Keum-Jin Yoon, Executive Vice-President of the Korea Foundation.

The following evening I travelled on to Hong Kong for a drinks reception at the prestigious Jockey Club and a chance to meet members of one of our most thriving groups of alumni. It was a great opportunity to not only hear what some of our graduates are doing in their chosen careers but also to outline some of our plans for the University’s 50th anniversary in 2016. Both events highlighted the broad range of support and advocacy which our alumni are willing to offer. (more…)

 

VC takes a look at Biology & Biochemistry

📥  Visits to departments

Dame Glynis met staff from our Department of Biology & Biochemistry for tea and biscuits in one of the University’s very first classroom, 4 South Pavilion, on her latest departmental visit.

Professor Rod Scott, Head of Department, began by introducing the Vice-Chancellor to the Department Executive: Professors David Tosh and David Leak and Drs Christopher Todd, Andrew Preston and Robert Williams. He then gave an overview of the staff and course structure and discussed the Department’s ambitious plans to increase student intake.

VC visits Biology

Dame Glynis welcomed a group of first year students in the teaching laboratory.

Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology is joined this year by a fourth subject: Biomedical Sciences. Dr Preston, Courses Director, explained that the Department is exploring more creative ways of teaching to meet the demands the new course will bring; in particular, expanding online teaching and assessment capabilities.

Esther Reeves, Faculty Placements Officer, outlined the successes of her team, which include finding placements for a record 81 per cent of students this year. Over half of those placements, she explained, are only available because of the outstanding reputation the University has with industry. (more…)

 

Preview: VC's report to Senate 15 Oct

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📥  On campus

  1. 1. League Tables

1.1       Good University Guide 2015

The University is ranked 10th out of 123 universities across the UK in the new The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and has some of ‘the most satisfied students’ and ‘best graduate prospects’. The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates. Bath is ranked second overall in the student satisfaction criteria and third for graduate prospects (the percentage of graduates in professional jobs or postgraduate study six months after leaving university). In separate listings covering 66 subjects, we are among the 10 leading universities in no less than 22 of the 25 we offer, topping the table in two – Architecture and Social Work – as the number one place to study the subject in the UK.

1.2      QS World University Rankings

The University has moved up eight places in this year’s QS World University Rankings.  We have risen from 187 to 179 of the best 800 national and international universities, and are one of only 29 UK universities ranked in the top 200. The rankings assess each university in four main areas – research, teaching, employability and international outlook – using six indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations by faculty, international staff ratio and international student ratio. (more…)