I write this monthly message during one of our busiest and most exciting weeks – the beginning of the new academic semester. Our new students have settled in well during their first week and I enjoyed welcoming many of them as part of their induction process. They are now joined by those returning students in years two, three and four as teaching starts once again creating a really vibrant campus atmosphere.
The month of September has been a busy one. We welcomed international delegates from nine of our partner institutions to the Institute for Policy Research’s (IPR) inaugural International Partners Policy Symposium entitled ‘Lost Youth in the 21st Century’. This provided a unique opportunity for our researchers to network and share ideas with colleagues from institutions around the world. It was particularly pleasing to hear that so many young researchers who are just setting out on their academic careers were able to attend.
Last week saw the official opening of The HIVE - our new £1 million research facility to help reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. This building is the first of its kind in the UK and was officially opened by our Chancellor HRH The Prince Edward. The event created a great deal of industry excitement and media interest, and I’m sure we will be hearing lots more about the innovative research going on there in the coming months.
I had the chance to talk about our world-leading research and the ongoing investment in our campus when I was invited as a guest of Bath Life’s Business Clubthis week. It was a great opportunity to talk to Bath’s senior business people about our University and to share some of our recent successes and achievements. (more…)