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In this issue 3. Introduction 4. REF Results 6. Director Appointed to Lead New WIRC @ Bath 8. Dr Peter Bonfield: Building for the Future 2. Industry Opportunities as 1 Low Carbon Research Receives £3 Million 14. Newly Awarded KTPs 17. Annual Review 18. Events and Networking 20. Contacts

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Research@Bath March 2015 Welcome to the March 2015 edition of Research@Bath, highlighting some of the ways in which you can work with us. We are delighted with the results from the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), the mechanism for assessing the quality of research in UK universities. The assessment found 87% of our research to be world leading or internationally excellent, considerably above the national average. The REF also highlighted the impact of our research, demonstrating the success of collaborations with companies, government departments, NGOs and policy makers.

in the built environment and recent progress of the construction industry. He highlights support available for SMEs and companies in the supply chain. Also featured are newly awarded Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) from Innovate UK. This includes a partnership with Imaginarium Studios Ltd, who we will be working with to develop software for performance capture processes; and Bray Group, who we will be working with to improve their machinery and processes as they offer a range of healthcare solutions to improve lives around the world.

Progress continues with our new multidisciplinary Water Innovation & Research Centre (WIRC @ Bath), bringing research together from across the University as our academics work extensively with the water industry, and other stakeholders, to address the major challenges faced by the sector. The recent appointment of Professor Jan Hofman, the new Director to lead the Centre, highlights the profile and success of the new WIRC @ Bath, offering collaborative possibilities in the sector.

We announce the recent award of ‘Outstanding’ from Innovate UK, for a recent KTP with Seiche Ltd, reinforcing the quality of our KTPs which continue to place us in the top ten nationally.

In addition, researchers from the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) have been awarded £3.2 million of funding, providing increased capability for industrial research teams and SMEs, working to improve low carbon research.

Further information on these items is included and I look forward to hearing from you with questions or discussions of possible collaborations with the University.

Dr Peter Bonfield OBE, Chief Executive of the BRE Group and Visiting Professor at the University, talks to us about innovation

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Also included is information on events and networks which might be of interest, and reference to our University Annual Review, which further emphasises the value we place on our partnerships with industry and other partners.

Dr Jon Hunt Director, Research and Innovation Services Email: J.Hunt@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4497

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Results University of Bath Results University of Bath

The excellent quality of our research at the University of Bath has been confirmed by the results of an independent UK assessment - the Research Excellence Framework (REF). The results of REF2014 demonstrate Bath’s The quality of our research at the University Bath has been role excellent as a leading research institution, placing us 12th inofthe research quality confirmed by the results of an independent UK assessment the Research ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions. Excellence Framework (REF). The results of REF2014 demonstrate Bath’s role as a leading research institution, placing us 12th in the research quality ranking of UK universities, excluding specialist institutions.

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of our research is world-leading or internationally excellent

At the University of Bath our focus is on high quality and innovative research. We apply our considerable intellectual capacity to tackle issues of global significance. We submitted 1629 research outputs to REF2014. REF2014 scored 87% of our research as world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*), highlighting our strong position among the research elite.

We are ranked 12th nationally, excluding specialist institutions, with our Department of Architecture ranked 1st nationally with 90% of its research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Also ranked in the top ten (by Grade Point Average) are Sports & Exercise Sciences, Allied Health Professions & Pharmacy, Social Work & Social Policy, Management, and Mechanical & Chemical Engineering.

Outstanding impact We are highly committed to the application of our research and the REF assesses the real world impact that research has achieved beyond academia. We submitted 57 impact case studies to REF2014 for assessment. 96% of our impact submissions were judged to be outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*) demonstrating the strength and breadth of our collaborations with companies, government departments, charities and policymakers.

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Our impact is far reaching. Our research helped the UK Government improve the New Deal programme supporting 440,000 lone parents. Our automotive research and 25 year relationship with Ford has resulted in 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum being prevented from release into the environment. Bath chemists have made it possible to test for infectious diseases and give patients results within just 30 minutes. Families living in homes built using straw bale panels developed by our architects are facing energy bills that are 90% cheaper than traditional homes. Our research into emotion in advertising is used to support up to 10,000 advertising tests annually, resulting in greater brand marketing effectiveness.

Supporting future generations Enthusing and nurturing new research talent is one of our highest priorities. We invest in recruiting, developing and mentoring research students and early career researchers, using innovative approaches to unlock potential and encourage public engagement. There are about 1,300 current postgraduate research students at Bath, and during the REF2014 period we awarded 951 doctoral degrees. We submitted 91 early career researchers to REF. The feedback we received from the REF assessment panels early recognised our support for future generations. career researchers

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Director Appointed to Lead New WIRC @ Bath

Professor Jan Hofman has been appointed as the Director of the new Water Innovation & Research Centre: WIRC @ Bath. Dutch water expert Professor Jan Hofman brings his extensive experience to Bath to lead our new Water Innovation & Research Centre. Professor Hofman joins the University with 25 years of experience in the water sector. His career to date includes leading research and development at Amsterdam Water Supply and working on innovative international water research programmes at the KWR Watercycle Research Institute. Our new Water Innovation & Research Centre ‘WIRC@Bath’ has been created to

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provide a unique environment to engage globally in research and policy on water technologies and resource management.

Innovation through collaboration Research carried out at Bath being brought into the new Centre covers five core themes that tackle the fundamental issues surrounding water: water treatment; water resources; water management; water and public health; and water, environment and infrastructure resilience. Professor Hofman said: “The University of Bath has an ambition to grow WIRC @ Bath into a world leading centre for innovative water research. To reach this ambition we will focus on three components; excellent research,

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collaboration with the water sector and the development and training of young water professionals.The University already has funding in place from Wessex Water which has provided a kick-start to reaching this ambition, and the collaboration between the University and Wessex Water supports the development of industry communication and knowledge dissemination.

Professor Jan Hofman After completing his PhD in chemical engineering in 1990, Professor Hofman worked for Kiwa, the research institute of the Dutch drinking water utilities. During this time he carried out research into the removal of pesticides from water using membrane filtration. From here he took his career to Amsterdam Water Supply, leading research and development in process technology at three large pilot plants, before returning to Kiwa (now KWR) to take part in a number of innovative international water research programmes.

Professor Hofman is looking forward to getting started at Bath “My initial plans for the Centre are to secure additional funding in the UK and internationally, establish further industry collaborations and to start new research programmes. I believe it is important to demonstrate the results the Centre achieves, and I am looking forward to working in an excellent environment with an exciting team.” RESEARCH@BATH

Shaping the future of the water industry Professor Tim Ibell, Associate Dean for Research in the University of Bath’s Faculty of Engineering & Design, said: “The University of Bath is already working extensively with institutions, companies, and decision-makers worldwide to ensure that our water research has far-reaching and sustained impact that will inform and shape the future of the water industry.”

Further information Please find included our brochure highlighting some of the possibilities that WIRC @ Bath can offer in water research across our major themed areas. Please also see our Water Innovation & Research Centre website. www.bath.ac.uk/research/centres/wirc For enquiries about the WIRC@Bath, including collaborations with industry, please contact: Dr Sarah Eliot Research Project Coordinator water-research@bath.ac.uk

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Dr Peter Bonfield: Building for the Future Dr Peter Bonfield is Chief Executive of BRE, a world leading building science centre that helps government, industry and business meet the challenges of our built environment. Today we talk to Dr Bonfield about innovation. Tell us about your involvement in BRE which led to an OBE for services to research and innovation in the construction industry? “Well I’m a Bath graduate. From 1984 and about 1990 I did my PhD in Material Science and Engineering. I Joined BRE 22 years ago to work in the materials team and worked my way up to become Group Chief Executive about three years ago. Here at BRE we apply science and engineering to make the built environment better for people, for the environment, and for business, in the UK and around the world.”

Can you tell us a bit more about your OBE? “The OBE was for services to research and innovation in the built environment. We apply our science to a whole plethora of standards, tools, qualifications, and other things that make homes healthier, or communities better places to live, or buildings more energy efficient, or structures safer, more durable and efficient, or that embrace technology. In parallel, I was seconded part time to the Olympic Delivery Authority for six years and helped

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write and deliver the sustainability strategy and I led on products. So I think there’s probably something in the OBE which links to the outstanding outcomes of the Olympics, specifically it being the greenest games ever.”

Significant international impact? “BRE and its key brands operate in 70 countries around the world so a lot of what we do here creates the conditions for success for British companies to export. For example, our environmental standard for buildings BREEAM is used on developments around the world. Some of the best in the world at delivering green buildings are Brits, so the more that our standard is used in other countries the better the export opportunity for British companies. So we’re very well backed by UK Trade and Investment and by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who really help promote the use of BRE and its brands around the world.”

So you’re creating the regulatory drivers which open up market opportunities? The component of this is what we’re doing at the University of Bath. Some of the

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science and new knowledge generation that Professor Pete Walker leads on around the deployment of greener, safer, more intelligent, lower carbon and more durable materials, we use in the standards, tools and products we develop that are used around the world to drive positive change. So a key part of the outcome and the impact we create is derived from Bath. We work together to create impact, as evidenced by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), where Civil Engineering and Architecture, Built Environment, ranked number one in the country.”

BRE is internationally recognised as an innovator for sustainability, how has the construction industry progressed in recent years and how important has the University research been in enabling this change? “On sustainability, in the UK, we’ve progressed quite well. The Olympics had a key part to play. We set really challenging delivery goals on the build projects which were achieved. Some of the key enablers were BRE standards and tools like our sustainable buildings standard BREEAM, our responsible sourcing standard which helps products and materials manufacturer demonstrate compliance, and our waste minimisation and management tool Smartwaste. A lot of the science from Bath was deployed on the project, through these very tools and standards. That’s really put Britain at the leading edge of sustainable development. This country has signed up to tough carbon reduction targets (an 80% reduction in CO2 by 2050) and that’s helped push the low carbon for sustainability agenda. This particular government are less pushing on those

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things so we’re trying to compensate, to build voluntary schemes that homeowners can benefit from to make sure that their home’s running costs are low, that they’re resilient to changes in climate and that they’re healthy places to live. Our population in the UK is ageing so it’s very important that homes support older people to live healthier lives. So what BRE is doing, is setting an array of quality standards that pull through the science and research in a way that helps people live more affordable and healthier lives.”

We have a Building Research Park similar to BRE’s Watford Innovation Park, enabling companies of all sizes to collaborate. How important is collaboration in the supply chain between larger companies, SMEs and universities in delivering sustainable change? “Well collaboration through the supply chain is essential to build the new buildings we need for the future. We’ve got to build buildings in ways that have never been done before. We’ve got to build infrastructure tunnels, digital infrastructure, roads and bridges. It’s not just houses and commercial buildings. We’re getting much older as a society. How you build healthy places for old people is essential, so that they can live dignified lives. How you deploy technology in buildings and infrastructure is essential. A lot of elderly care can be supported by technology in the home that allows them to be monitored or checked day to day, things like deploying sensors to monitor temperature really important. Buildings and infrastructure have to change, and at a pace that hasn’t been achieved

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before. You learn by doing, by bringing together the supply chains. These types of innovation parks, which you can see here at Watford, and in Scotland, Wales, Brazil, China, are essential learning platforms.”

Have you found the nature of the supply chain collaborations changes depending on which geographical region you’re working in? “You have to adapt. A lot of what we do here doesn’t work in other places, and a key thing is we don’t impose western ways on these countries. Take green buildings; we know energy is important, materials are important, water is important, health is important. But what works in Britain doesn’t necessarily work, actually even in France, or in Norway, because the culture is different, the way to do business is different, the climate is different. And then when you go to South America, China, or India, the culture is really different. So we do local science, in partnership with local stakeholders and all the local regulations. We adapt through learning by doing in those countries. It’s just remarkable. We’re bringing that back in Britain and adapting it here. We do that with humility and local adaption. That helps Britain be better and helps us be better.”

We have recently established a multidisciplinary Water Innovation Research Centre involving some of our architects. Is water research also becoming of increasing importance for BRE? “Water’s a very important issue It’s important for BRE and it’s important for the built environment. If you’re in the

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Northern territory of Brazil water is a scarce resource, it is about water efficiency. Equally if you live on the Thames, or the Somerset levels there are regular times we have too much water. You need to build homes that are resilient, and aren’t going to be just washed out at the end. You can have too little or too much water. It needs to be clean water and safe water. There’s plenty to do.”

We were delighted our Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering came equal first out of 45 submissions to the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning Unit of Assessment in the Research Excellence Framework. How do you see the UK’s research base for supporting the future of architecture? “We were delighted with the REF outcome. You’re delighted, we are delighted. Absolutely delighted by the outstanding achievement of Professor Pete Walker and his team, Professor Tim Ibell as well who led before that. It is just a brilliant outcome and it was absolutely deserved. One of the things we’re particularly pleased about is that we know that this partnership has enabled the wonderful science and engineering that’s being done at Bath to be applied with more impact, of course a new measure for the REF and a really welcome measure. Unequivocally in a really toughly measured peer reviewed system, the fact that the Department at Bath has come first is something to be enormously proud of. We’ve just got to build on that. Next time the competition will be tougher. We should take confidence and motivation from this and make sure we’re not just best in

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the UK but we’re best in the world. That should be our goal.”

Much of our funding for the built environment has been awarded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). How do you see the funding landscape for UK research? “The point for Bath is the EPSRC backs excellence. They back the winners, not the losers. So there are two things here: first thing is built environment and infrastructure needs more support from other research councils, from Innovate UK and from others to address the challenges. The built environment accounts not only for 7% of our GDP, it impacts on our lives: how healthy we are, how happy we are how well we learn, how well we work. The impact of the built environment on Britain’s success is significant. We need to deploy better science and engineering to meet these challenges. The opportunity for export platform for Britain is very strong. The second thing is, they back excellence. Well Bath, as we’ve just discussed, is ranked one in the REF, fantastic.”

How has BRE Ventures been able to support SMEs with expertise and services available? “We help thousands of companies to innovate through a whole range of mechanisms. Whether it’s through our BRE ventures company, or through our innovation parks, or our demonstration projects. Our ventures company, invests in and supports a number of innovations to take to the market place, where ultimately

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we would get some financial return from the exploitation of our IPR. The way we offer our support to thousands is by openly communicating our information. We engage people in all sorts of projects that help SMEs to get their ideas to the market place.”

With view to SMEs and larger companies, how do you see the role and the impact of Innovate UK funding at the moment? “Innovate UK have been really good because they’ve just got on with backing programmes they think are the right thing to do. They’ve done it in a way that complies with European Procurement rules, but without loads of unnecessary bureaucracy or things that get in the way. They have a ‘can do, will do’ attitude rather than a ‘can’t do’ or ‘worried to do’ attitude. So I think that they’re very effective. They’ve done a great job so far. Let’s hope they carry on doing so.”

Further information on BRE: www.bre.co.uk Further information on Built Environment collaborations with the University please contact: Oscar De Mello Business Development Manager Email: O.DeMello@Bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3156

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Industry Opportunities as Low Carbon Research Receives £3 Million Researchers from the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre (PVRC) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering have been awarded £3.2 million of funding.

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An EPSRC (Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council) grant of £2 million will see the current vehicle facility upgraded and branded as the Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR). An additional investment from the University of £600,000 will see the Centre establish a platform where fundamental academic research can be undertaken alongside applied investigations in a world class vehicle research facility. It will address many of the future research challenges associated with current and future low and ultra-low carbon vehicles under real world driving conditions. This will be done by: • Offering an inclusive and accessible research capability currently prohibitive or non-existent to many academic and industrial research teams and especially SMEs. •

Facilitating lab-vehicle-lab (LVL) research which will provide the capability to validate and inform a raft of fundamental modeling and simulation work aimed at whole and subsystem vehicle performance, as well as addressing the complex issue of ‘scalability’.

Acting as the centre of gravity, to bring together and forge new national and international research collaborations which are able to address a number of critical research questions surrounding future low carbon passenger vehicles.

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Professor Gary Hawley, the lead investigator, said: “The current vehicle facility has served our research needs well for the past decade and we have undertaken ground breaking work for a host of companies including Ford and Jaguar Landrover. The upgraded facility will see research capability open up in the area of future fuels, electric and hybrid electric vehicles and their subsystems and will be the only one of its type in the UK.” Additional investigators are Dr Chris Brace, Dr Sam Akehurst and Dr Chris Bannister. Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “Congratulations to Professor Hawley and colleagues in the Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre. These awards are clear recognition of the quality of their research. This sort of co-funding, the University working with external partners to invest in research infrastructure, is essential for future success. I look forward to seeing CLEVeR develop.” For enquiries on collaborating with the University on low carbon research please contact: Oscar De Mello Business Development Manager Email: O.DeMello@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3156

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Newly Awarded KTPs The University of Bath has been awarded a KTP with Imaginarium Studios Ltd, a leading company in cutting edge performance capture technology. With a portfolio of projects including Jungle Book and Fungus the Bogeyman, the Studios are building on recent successes with innovative new software for ‘creature production’. The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) will develop algorithms for animating creatures using movements from a human actor. Newly developed software will automatically create real-time animations of the animal from motion capture data. Founders Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish, already renowned for innovation in performance capture processes and technologies, will further support the company’s innovative reputation through the development of this software. Lead academic Dr Darren Cosker, Computer Science, says: “This project represents an exciting opportunity for us to build on our existing strong relationship with the Imaginarium, and help deliver leading edge tools for movie production. The area we will be working on currently relies on a great deal of manual work and artistic interpretation. It is also a relatively unexplored direction in this field. Our aim is to automate this process as much as possible, and our solutions will open many new directions in motion capture technology.”

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Tony Orsten, CEO of Imaginarium Studios, says: “For us, working on a solution to the continuing challenge to create accurate and believable animated animal movement in the performance capture field is of prime importance. Having Darren and the University of Bath’s expertise and dedication exploring this with us is a tremendous opportunity.” With costs driven by the extended post production required for realistic animation, there is much demand for this work in the film and TV market. The new software will address this issue, dramatically reducing post production costs, as a result of retargeting algorithms to automatically produce creatures from a human actor’s performance. This KTP should generate larger volume sales for Imaginarium into markets that could previously not afford this service.

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KTP to Deliver New Processes for Healthcare Manufacturer

The University has been awarded a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Bray Group Ltd, a company that offer a range of healthcare solutions to improve lives around the world. As a licensed medicine manufacturer, the company will be supported through the KTP in delivering a continuous improvement in their machinery and processes. The company faces a significant business growth opportunity in several international markets, which may be difficult to win without significant improvements in manufacturing and production capability. The KTP, led by Martin Ould, Mechanical Engineering, will address significant technical challenges that are currently beyond the technical resources within Bray Group, who are committed to establishing an engineering capability in house. Applying simulation and modelling techniques, the KTP will deliver an integrated mechanical and electrical

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engineering systems approach to their production problems for which there is no commercial ‘off the shelf’ solution. In this way, automation will support the company’s existing workforce in meeting the higher delivery volumes required. Randal Pakeman, Director Bray Group Ltd, says: “We are delighted to have been awarded this KTP with the University of Bath and are very much looking forward to working with the University of Bath on this exciting and important project”. Martin Ould, Lead Academic, says: “It is great to see one of our most recent undergraduate group design and business projects evolve into a fully-funded engineering development programme with an industrial partner.” Oscar De Mello, Business Development Manager in Research and Innovation Services at the University of Bath, says: “This KTP is essential for the delivery of the new machine for Bray Group and we are delighted for all involved.”

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Seiche KTP Awarded Outstanding A University of Bath KTP with Seiche Measurements Ltd has been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Innovate UK. The ‘Outstanding’ award, following the Final Report submission, is for the first of three KTPs with Seiche, a company with international expertise in underwater sound measurement for the detection of marine mammals.

partnership, says: “This highest awarded grading reinforces the quality of KTPs at the University of Bath which has continued to place us first in the South West, and in the top ten nationally, for the last ten years.”

The KTP, led by Dr Adrian Evans, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, sought to develop a real-time vision system which enhances current monitoring capabilities of cetaceans, such as whales, dolphins and porpoises. Dr Evans says: “The KTP project was very ambitious in scope but successfully achieved its objectives. One of the most satisfying aspects was seeing how Bath’s research expertise underpinned the development of a new product range for Seiche.” Roy Wyatt, Managing Director of Seiche, comments: “Congratulations to this fantastic KTP project. The KTPs at the University of Bath are of the highest calibre and bring invaluable new talent to Seiche’s growing R&D department.” Clive Bailey, Business Development Manager in Research and Innovation Services, who helped facilitate the

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For further information on Seiche please see: www.seiche.com

For further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please contact: Clive Bailey Business Development Manager Email: C.Bailey@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 5201

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University of Bath Annual Review We place a high value on our partnership with business, the professions, the public sector, the voluntary sector and other partners. For further information on our collaborative style of working please see our Annual Review.

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Research@Bath Events and Networks Researcher to Innovator An enterprise and innovation course for early stage researchers Following a highly successful pilot, SETsquared will once again be running this prestigious programme which is designed to help researchers with promising ideas and research projects but who lack the skills and knowledge necessary to convert them into commercial realities.

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The next course will take place on 28, 29, 30 June 2015. Applications for this programme are now open and will close on Friday 8 May. http://www.setsquared.co.uk/studententerprise/researcher-innovator Dr Michelle Harricharan’s blog who attended the 2014 Researcher to Innovator Programme. http://www.setsquared.co.uk/ blog/201503/researcherinnovator%E2%80%A6and-back-again

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Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN)

Venturefest 2015 On 9 June 2015 Venturefest comes to Bristol & Bath to showcase a unique mix of regional and national innovation. For one day only you will have free and unfettered access to established global companies, investors, academic inventors and some of our most innovative and enterprising start-ups. https://www.bristol2015.co.uk/events/ venturefest-bristol-and-bath-2015/

Low Carbon Business Breakfast

Taking place Thursday 11 June 2015 18:00-20:30. Short seminars presented by professionals in health and wellbeing, followed by networking opportunities with wine and nibbles. Join entrepreneurs and experts to share experience and tips on lean startups in health and wellbeing. http://ubic.org.uk/events/alan-june-2015/

Bath Girl Geeks

The Low Carbon Business Breakfasts are held at the University of Bath’s Innovation Centre of the third Tuesday of every month, offering an invaluable opportunity to hear about new developments in the sector and make new connections. http://ubic.org.uk/events/

Bath is growing and vibrant city and becoming as famous for its tech businesses as it is for Jane Austin. Bath Girl Geeks follows in the footsteps of fellow girl geek dinner clubs around the UK and provides a network that provides connections, inspiration and some fun for everyone that comes along. http://bath.girlgeekdinners.com/

Silicon South West

SETsquared

The Silicon South West network provides regular networking events, news and national and international promotion for the region’s microelectronics cluster. http://ubic.org.uk/siliconsouthwest/

SETsquared is a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which partners in enterprise activities and collectively supports the growth and success of new business opportunities through spin-outs, licensing and incubation. http://www.setsquared.co.uk/whatsetsquared-partnership

openMIC OpenMIC is a un-conference for discussion, debate and development new mobile applications and mobile web services. We welcome Mobilists, DIY developers, ideas people, operators, innovators and multimediators in fact anyone passionate and interested in the co-development of new mobile apps for commercial or social use under the Creative Common ethos or ‘copyleft’ movement. http://ubic.org.uk/openmic/ RESEARCH@BATH

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The University of Bath: Working with Business Engagement Supporting your staff development

Contacts Training Executives to address strategic challenges of your organisation and maximise potential.

Dr Jan Stiles Director of Executive Development School of Management Email: J.Stiles@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3695

Training technical staff combining cutting-edge techniques with in-house expertise.

Dr Denise Cooke Head of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Email: D.Cooke@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3622

Pan-University access to flexible and accessible courses in a range of subjects and delivery formats. Entrepreneurship development now being offered outside of the University of Bath’s award-winning world-class MBA.

Simon Bond Director, Innovation Centre Email: S.A.Bond@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 8682

Researching new ideas

To provide new insights, ways of thinking and results for the benefit of your organisation to help you succeed.

Dr Jon Hunt Director, Research and Innovation Services Email: J.Hunt@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4497

Applying research results

To produce new processes and products.

Dr Miles Davis Head of Research Development and Knowledge Exchange (RD&KE) Email: M.Davis@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4795

Using our facilities

Our world-class, purpose-built research facilities can provide you with a multi-technique approach to a wide range of application areas.

Dr Miles Davis Head of Research Development and Knowledge Exchange (RD&KE) Email: M.Davis@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 4795

Join our networks

We operate and sponsor business networks for high-growth companies, providing regular events, conferences, news and national and international promotion.

Simon Bond Director, Innovation Centre Email: S.A.Bond@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 8682

Recruiting talented staff

Graduate recruitment We are in the top ten universities most targeted by key employers and can provide the appropriate skill set for your business.

Mary Mears Employer Services Manager Email: M.D.Mears@bath.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 6009

All our undergraduate level disciplines provide opportunities for placements. Over 60% of our students take up this offer.

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