Vice-Chancellor's Office

Updates and events both on and off campus

Monthly message October 2014


📥  Messages

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…)


Dame Glynis meets staff from Maths

📥  Visits to departments

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).

VC visits Maths

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…)


We are top ten in Good Uni Guide 2015

📥  Celebrating successes

The University has some of ‘the most satisfied students’ and ‘best graduate prospects’ according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

I’m pleased that our exceptional track record in terms of both graduate employment and student satisfaction has again been highlighted in this table. Our academic high-flyers are highly sought after by some of the world’s leading employers once they leave Bath.

This has been matched with a very strong performance in the individual subject rankings. It is a glowing endorsement of the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff and students.

We are ranked 10th out of 123 universities across the UK in the new guide.

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). (more…)


Thank you for a very successful Open Day

📥  Messages

I would like to say thank you to all those staff who were involved in making Saturday’s Open Day yet another hugely successful event.

I was on campus and saw first-hand the dedication and enthusiasm of all the staff and students involved in the day. Staff volunteers, student ambassadors, and the Students’ Union societies all helped to create a great atmosphere.

With an estimated 10,000 people here through the day it was busy but never felt overcrowded.

I was particularly pleased visitors had the chance to look around our newest student accommodation, The Quads, and to make use of the new Lime Tree refectory which is looking great and I know will prove popular with staff and students alike in the coming year.

I had the opportunity to talk to a number of prospective students and their families who told me how impressed they were with both our campus and the warm welcome they had received.

Our visitors left here on Saturday with a very positive first impression of Bath and what it has to offer. I think we can all be proud of the way we represented our University, and I thank you once again for your support.


Monthly message September 2014


📥  Messages

With the arrival of September thoughts inevitably turn to the start of a new academic session and all the opportunities and challenges that will bring.

I’d like to start by echoing Professor Kevin Edge’s thanks to all those involved in a very successful admissions process with many teams and departments pulling together in a real team effort. There is still plenty for colleagues in our Admissions Office to finalise but we can all look forward to giving our new students a warm welcome when they arrive later this month.

Many of course will be moving into our newest student accommodation, The Quads, and all students and staff can look forward to sampling the hospitality on offer in our new refectory The Lime Tree which will also open its doors for the first time later this month. Both projects look very impressive as they near completion and will undoubtedly further enhance our ability to deliver an outstanding student experience.  I know staff in both the Department of Estates and Accommodation & Hospitality have been working incredibly hard over the summer to get the new buildings ready for the start of the new semester and I thank them for their dedication and commitment. (more…)


Number 1 in the NSS for second year in a row


📥  Celebrating successes

I am delighted to be able to tell you that the University of Bath is again unbeaten in the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS).

This is a unique achievement for a research-intensive University like ours as only one other university has ever previously retained top spot in the NSS.

To have once again been ranked by our students as number one is wonderful news and shows the sustained effectiveness of the partnership between our students and our staff.


Your participation in surveys like this helps the University to understand your views and to take appropriate action. Do keep taking the opportunity to ensure your voice is heard.

This year, 93% of our final year undergraduates said they were satisfied with the quality of their course, a rating shared with Keele and St Andrews, and 7% above the UK national average. (more…)