July Update

This month’s update focuses on our recently published Annual Report for 2009/10. For the first time, the report is published wholly online, reflecting our commitment to the environment and our position as a beacon for sustainability within the sector. The video below highlights our successes  in the 2009/10 academic year and you can find out more details and view video transcripts on our Annual Report website.

Celebrating success

Members of staff and students have recently completed two ‘Three Peaks’ challenges, raising over £1,200 for the Staff Fund for Student Scholarships and Hardship. Around 20 staff, students and members of their families took to Yorkshire’s three largest peaks on Saturday 18 June completing the 25 mile route well inside the 12 hour limit. A smaller team completed the gruelling 24 hour, UK Three Peaks challenge on Saturday 2 July.

Three Peaks

The University has exceeded its target of 65% of all waste being diverted from landfill achieving a rate of 79% in the last quarter. The University has also been enjoying success with its furniture re-use store, providing second hand furniture for use in offices in collaboration with Bradford College.

Congratulations to Sheila O’Neill, the Co-chair of the Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board in the University’s School of Engineering, Design and technology, who has been nominated for an MBE.

Learning and teaching

Assessment & Learning in Practice Settings (ALPS), a collaborative programme between the Universities of Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leeds Metropolitan, and York St John, has received a prestigious gold award from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The Learning Impact Awards are designed to recognise the most impactful use of technology worldwide in support of learning. The University of Bradford has been a key ALPS partner in achieving this impact by providing hosting of the IT systems and technical expertise, as well as remote and on site support for students across all five partners.

There was record attendance at the University’s 10th annual Learning and Teaching Showcase, with the highlight for many being the keynote speech from Professor David Boud. Morning sessions centred on the Bradford Offer with presentations from the UBU, Dean of Students, and Head of Estates.  Shirley Congdon, in her capacity as Deputy Chair of Learning and Teaching Committee introduced the notion of School Enhancement Plans to replace the Annual Monitoring Review process. There were also 28 high calibre poster entries outlining some excellent teaching practice with Room 101 elected by colleagues for the poster prize for the second year running.

Mark Goodliff, Head of the Department of Creative Technology (SCIM) has secured £4,560 funding to work in partnership with Skillset’s Film Skills Fund.  This is to provide students with access to NUKE, a powerful compositing product for visual effects (VFX) and to develop online resources to VFX courses.  This is one element of the Department’s aim to increase its amount of industry-informed teaching and links into its VFX Course Enhancement project.

In the news

Bradford Dementia Group was featured in the Telegraph and Argus responding to a Government inquiry on better care of older people in their homes.

The School of Management’s announcement of a total of £60,000 of funding towards scholarships for MBA students in 2011/2012 was featured on www.thebusinessdesk.com

Professor Paul Rogers commented on Oxford Research Group’s report into the legality of drone use in Afghanistan for CBS News. He was also interviewed by BBC radio about Nato strikes and civilian casualties in Libya and ongoing negotiating with the Taliban. He can also now be found on Twitter: @ProfPRogers

Robert Lomas, author of best selling scholarly works on the history of Free Masonry, has been revealed as the inspiration behind the main character in Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ in the Yorkshire Post.

Greg Watts was featured on BBC Look North as well as the Telegraph and Argus, highlighting his toolkit for measuring tranquillity, that could enable neglected or overlooked urban parks to flourish and become a haven for stressed city workers. There is also a BBC Radio Leeds interview scheduled for later this week.


Martin Biddle from the University’s Time Team Geophysical Team was featured in the Watford Observer following a school visit during which he scanned the site and will be producing a scale model of The Manor of the More, an ancient manor house dating back to the eighth century, which housed both Cardinal Wolsey and King Henry the Eighth.

Research and knowledge transfer success

Steve Britland from the Centre for Skin Sciences, has attracted international research funding to the value of £33,000 in a collaborative development with OBJ Limited of Australia for the development of innovative bioequivalence models for use in specialised areas of transdermal drug delivery research.

Srimant Tripathy in the Centre for Visual Computing, has been working on consultancy (£1,000) with Distant Future Animation Studio on a pilot study involving objective evaluation of the quality of stereoscopic 3D displayed by various 3D TV and projection systems.

Patrick Ryan, in the School of Social and International Studies, along with the Bradford Centre for International Development team have been awarded a contract extension with the African Development Bank worth approximately £250,000 to expand an annual programme of training for young professionals to be certified by the University of Bradford as a contribution to a postgraduate certificate.

Andrew Holmes, School of Computing Informatics and Media has been working with the Bradford Specialist Sexual Violence and Abuse Advisory Group on consultancy on the filming of Survivors West Yorkshire conference.

Congratulations to all.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 in News