Alumni & friends

June 2011 e-news

Welcome to our latest e-news. It’s all quiet on campus as students bury their heads in textbooks and papers in preparation for the exam period. We wish them all good luck!

We like to keep you updated with news and developments at the University, so make sure to keep us informed of any changes to your contact details. You can get in touch with us by email at, or call +44 (0)1225 386824 with any questions.

Best wishes,

The Alumni Relations team

Our biggest alumni reunion ever

This year’s Alumni Reunion saw the return to campus of those celebrating the 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th or 45th anniversary of their graduation. The day was a huge success - there were plenty of opportunities to reminisce with old classmates and an evening in Bath city centre re-visiting old haunts proved a popular end to the day. Look out for the full run-down and see the video of the day in our online magazine, BA2, coming soon. Photographs of the day - Ben Langdon Photography

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help with next year's reunion - if you are interested call us on +44 (0)1225 386824 or email

Classes of 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992: save the date!
12 May 2012 - Alumni Reunion

Preparations have begun for next year’s Alumni Reunion. Why not start getting a group of your old classmates together? We are looking for volunteers to become Year Group Champions to help us make this reunion a big success – contact us for more details. Find out more.

Graduate from Wales makes waves Down Under

Although the sport of surf lifesaving originated in Australia over a century ago, their current national champion comes from the considerably cooler waters of South Wales. Stuart Snell (BEng Chemical Engineering 2003) earned his stripes in UK waters whilst a student at Bath. He was awarded a University Colour for swimming in 2000 and represented both Wales and Great Britain at international level. Coupled with academic excellence, Stuart was a worthy recipient of the Chancellor’s Prize in 2003. Read more.

Do you watch the BBC's The Apprentice?

Keep an eye out for University of Bath graduate Thomas Pellereau (MEng Innovation and Engineering Design 2002), a candidate for this year’s TV series competition to win a £250,000 investment. Tom impressed Lord Sugar early on with his no-nonsense approach in the first episode - his analysis of why the team lost in the first task was deemed by Lord Sugar as ”the most sensible thing I’ve heard all day”. We wish him all the best! Catch up on the series and watch Tom’s audition video (these videos are only available in the UK).

University research leads to cancer treatment breakthrough

Researchers from the University’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology have highlighted how the humble painkiller, such as ibuprofen, could stifle cancer growth, in a study published in the journal Chemical Communications. Read the full story.

Statue of football legend Ivor Powell unveiled

A statue of former Welsh international footballer and University of Bath football coach Ivor Powell MBE (Honorary MA 1993) has been unveiled, marking his outstanding contribution to the sport at the University. The 94-year-old retired last year after 37 years working as a football coach at the University. Find out the full story.

Santander Universities announces three-year partnership with Bath

The University of Bath and Santander Universities are delighted to announce another three-year partnership and a gift of £390,000 to support students from all over the world. Santander's gift will be used for several awards and prizes, including undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships. Read the full story.

Take a peek at the new East Building

The £16 million East Building, situated near the East car park and the Sports Training Village, has been constructed to the highest environmentally friendly standards, being awarded a rating of "Excellent" from the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM). It has been home to our offices for over two months, and we now welcome the Department of Computer Science - our new neighbours! See the photos.

University of Bath Alumni on Facebook

Have a look at our newly launched Facebook page for University of Bath Alumni. This is a great place to find out about alumni news and University developments, see photos of the University both past and present, look at recent event photos and watch videos. Make sure you ‘like’ the page!

Upcoming events:
Alumni Dinner in Zurich

Alumni in and around Zürich will be meeting for an informal dinner on 30 June at Bärengasse Restaurant, Bahnhofstrasse 25, 8001 Zürich - full details coming soon.

Find out more about alumni activity in Switzerland.

Autumn 2011

We’ll be holding informal pub reunions in the autumn both in London, and new for this year, in Bristol. Look out for more information soon.

Recent events:
Alumni Reception in Sydney
2 June 2011

Diana (BPharm 1982) and John (BSc Mathematics 1982) Shipp organised a drinks and nibbles reception for all alumni living and working in Australia. Dozens of alumni gathered in Sydney for the event.

See details of our recent alumni events - check out the photos!

Alumni take exclusive tour of newly re-opened Holburne Museum
19 and 24 May

Closed for three years for extensive restoration and a controversial modern extension, the Holburne Museum has reopened its doors to the public. Two groups of Bath alumni were among the first to see the new exhibitions. Read the full run-down and see the photos.

Read about the Museum in the national press: 'Bath celebrates the Year of the Museum' - The Telegraph, 'Holburne Museum and Peter Blake exhibition, review' - The Telegraph.