The debate and decision over fee levels for 2012 has dominated discussions over the last few months and as you will know we’ll be seeking to charge £9,000. That figure reflects the need to ensure we continue to invest in a really strong student experience, that our students are taught by a strong and committed academic and support staff and that our students are in the best position to get the graduate-level jobs they deserve. Our challenge is to ensure we can deliver to the level that a £9,000 fee warrants.
The fee decision will mark the beginning of a process of change for us and not an end point. It was not taken lightly and we are very mindful about the impact these wide changes may have on the ability of poorer students to access higher education. We will do all that we can to maintain the really inclusive student mix that we have here. I am looking forward to talking with Schools and Directorates over the next few weeks, together with Sue Kershaw, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) about the challenges ahead and how we can help and support staff in providing the outstanding academic and support structures we need. As part of that process we are also organising a series of staff events to help to help us ensure that the University of Bradford continues to be a place where people choose to work.
Research and Knowledge Transfer (RKT) showcase
The RKT Showcase event held on April 13 was a great success. Structured around our new RKT clusters it had a real energy and buzz reflecting the hard work a lot of our academic staff put in to showcasing the work they are doing. There was an excellent turnout from the companies and organisations we work with which demonstrated the breadth and quality of how our academics engage across a wide spectrum of groups. The strong link between the research expertise of staff and their ability to translate that expertise into products and services with real business potential was very evident and a real testimony to the quality of our staff.
There were some terrific entrants to the KT awards handed out later in the day and a full list of the winners is now online. My thanks to everyone involved in making the event such a success.
British Science Festival
You will have seen posters springing up around campus about the forthcoming British Science Festival in September. Plans are progressing really well thanks to the input of a lot of staff here at the University and it will provide a really good showcase for our work.
There is a very creative programme for families and children, a young people’s programme as well as traditional academic lectures and presentations. A website has been set up which provides more details about the various events on campus and provides information of how to get involved and will provide information and guidance for those running an event.
Feel Good Festival
Following the overwhelming success of last year’s Feel Good Festival I’m delighted that we are planning a second even larger event on Friday 24 June (from noon onwards).
The Wellbeing group have taken comments and suggestions from last year’s event in to consideration resulting in a change to the date of the event (so hopefully those people who couldn’t attend last year may be able to do so this year) and the addition of more stalls, more workshops and a greater selection of food. Again we are encouraging everyone supported by their manager to attend for at least a two hour slot throughout the course of the afternoon (and once again this time does not need to be made up at a later date).
So please put the date in your diary and keep an eye on Staff Briefing and the internal home page in coming weeks for further details about the event and how to book a place.
The Centre for Pharmaceutical Engineering Science (CPES) is an interdisciplinary research centre with a major focus on the rapidly emerging fields of innovative polymer-based products and process analytics. CPES currently has several live industrial projects including a KTP and has generated income above £200,000 within its first year of operation. The Centre has developed three patented technologies in the areas of solvent free continuous co-crystallisation, bioadhesive patches and coating technology. A royalty agreement has been signed with a company for various products developed at the CPES and the first product has been launched globally in the market. CPES is actively involved in the China Science Bridges Programme and has many collaborative projects with the Centres for Advanced Material Engineering, Polymer Micro and Nano Technology, Skin Sciences as well Pharmacy and Engineering, Design and Technology. 15 research students are working within CPES on various interdisciplinary projects.
Congratulations to the Special Collections Team who’s ‘100 Objects’ project has been awarded Archives Pace Setter status by the Archives and Records Association. This award recognises that the project does new things in bringing archives to audiences, and also that it is properly project managed. Find out more
A number of our academics have been involved in many media interviews lately, related to their expert areas of work. Dr Andrew Wilson, from Archaeological Sciences, appeared on BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours Programme talking about unlocking the secrets of ancient hair; members of the Bradford Dementia Group helped edit a feature on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour; and with the killing of Osama Bin Laden it was a very busy time for Professors Paul Rogers and Shaun Gregory as they provided their expert analysis of the situation. Between them they carried out interview with BBC Radio London, BBC Look North, Al-Jazeera English TV, the Financial Times and the Voice of America online, to name a few.
The latest edition of the RKT Newsletter focuses on the RKT showcase and KT awards. Therefore here is a selection of further successes:
Ian Palmer, School of Computing Informatics and Media, has been working on consultancy into research methodology with Animated Yorkshire funded by a£3,000 Innovation Voucher.
Kirill Horoshenkov School of Engineering, Design and Technology, has completed projects for a leading UK’s automotive manufacturer on acoustic material characterisation and a multi-national corporation on improvements to an underground pipe inspection instrument. The combined contracts are worth £6,196.
Cathy Batt, Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Sciences, is working on contract research £1,675 with Thames Valley Archaeology on archaeomagnetic dating at Sindlesham and has been awarded a research grant worth £18,823 by NERC for Rehydroxulation (RHX): towards a universal method for pottery dating.
Congratulations to all!