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…)
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
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…)
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."
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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.
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.
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…)
- 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…)
Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell met staff from the Department of Mathematical Sciences on the first of her visits for the new academic year.
Head of Department, Professor Ivan Graham, began by outlining the department’s successes and exciting plans for the future. He made particular mention of recent undergraduate recruitment, PGT and PGR programmes and the new Centre for Doctoral Training Statistical Applied Mathematics at Bath (SAMBa).
Dame Glynis talks to PhD students
The department was well represented at the talk – over 50 members of staff were in attendance – and Professor Graham took the opportunity to thank his colleagues for their hard work. Dr Geoff Smith MBE, who was recently elected to lead the International Mathematical Olympiad, was personally thanked for his popular Open Day talks.
Dame Glynis was then invited to speak and started by saying how much the department’s strong performance is appreciated by the University, and thanked everyone for their work to make Mathematical Sciences an ‘excellent department’. She highlighted the improved NSS score as something the department should be rightly proud of. (more…)