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e-news for alumni and friends

March 2011

Welcome to the University of Bath alumni March e-newsletter, sent to you from our brand new office! We have relocated from Level 8 Wessex House to the newly opened East Building, next to the Sports Training Village. We're not missing those eight flights of stairs yet…

Don't forget that we're here to help - if you have anything you'd like to let us know, or any questions, please email

With best wishes,
The Alumni Relations team


Alumni Fund reaches space

The University’s TOPCAT project, supported by the Alumni Fund, was selected by the UK Space Agency to be sent into space as part of the UK’s first CubeSat mission. The piece of equipment that impressed the UK Space Agency is able to measure the areas of space just beyond the earth’s atmosphere, called the plasmasphere. It will now be developed by PhD student Talini Pinto Jayawardena (MEng Electronics with Space Science & Technology 2010), under the supervision of Professor Cathryn Mitchell, Dr Robert Watson and Julian Rose. Learn more.


Is engineering a man’s world? We don’t think so!

Thanks to a grant from the Alumni Fund, six current female undergraduates, all students of Civil Engineering or Civil Architectural Engineering, were able to attend the Ove Arup event in London, which encourages female students to aim high in the sector. Find out more.


Graduates take Bath by Storm

Two graduates who founded a marketing business in the city are celebrating their success in the 2011 Bath Life Awards. David Kelly (BSc Business Administration 2009) and Adam Pope (BSc Computer Science 2009), founders of Storm web marketing agency, picked up the Best New Business Award for their company, with fellow director Steve Thorne. Learn about their success.


Graduate Mhairi Spence wins silver at Modern Pentathlon World Cup

Mhairi Spence (BA Coach Education and Sports Development 2008) made a great start to the modern pentathlon season at the World Cup, held in Palm Springs, USA. It was a terrific day for the University of Bath-based British pentathlon programme. Read a full run down.


Gene discovery shows parents divided over brain and brawn

University of Bath researchers have discovered a gene that defies conventional rules. They found that copies of the same gene do different jobs depending on whether it is inherited by the mother or the father. Each parent has seemingly prioritised a different part of the body through genetics. Learn more.


Upcoming events:

Annual General Meeting of Convocation
7 May 2011

Convocation is the statutory body which represents the interests of the graduates of the University. The next Annual General Meeting of Convocation will be held in University Hall at 4.20pm as part of the Alumni Reunion, and all alumni are invited to attend. Contact for details.


BUFCOBA reunion
16 April 2011

Bath University Football Club Old Boys’ Association will be getting together on campus to reinitiate the annual match between current students and the 'old boys'. Kick off is set for 2pm, Saturday 16 April. This event has been organised by Colin Aldis, BUFCOBA Honorary Secretary. Please contact if you are interested in playing or spectating, or would like any further information.


International event in Mexico City
2 April 2011

Alumni based in Mexico are invited to join Jo Power, International Officer at the University of Bath, at an evening presentation on 2 April. The event will offer a chance to hear about developments at the University, to meet with your fellow alumni and to discuss your time at Bath with the applicants. For more information visit our website.

Recent Events:

Alumni Events in Switzerland
3 March 2011

Alumni gathered for a dual event organised by Cary Adams (BSc Economics, Computing and Statistics 1985, MBA Modular 2002) and Debbie Brown (BSc Business Administration 2005) held simultaneously in Geneva and Zurich. Both events were a success and alumni living in Switzerland are invited to help plan the next gathering! Don't forget there is also a LinkedIn group for alumni who are living or working in Switzerland to network with each other. Please note you will need to have registered for a LinkedIn account to join the group.

If you'd like to organise an event in your area, please get in touch with the Alumni Relations team at who will be happy to help.


22 March 2011

Dozens of recent Bath graduates gathered for our latest AlumNite where they had an opportunity to network and seek advice from the Careers Service at our CV clinic. This was a great success and Kathryn from the Careers Service added more slots on the evening in order to see as many graduates as possible.

Missed out? As a Bath graduate you are still entitled to free advice – find out how the Careers Service can help you.

Find out more about our upcoming events and School of Management alumni events.



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