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One for the tree?

Thanks to Sarah for sharing her experience of the last alumni event of 2013 – a bauble-blowing extravaganza at Bath Aqua Glass - and best wishes for the new year from all of us in the Alumni Relations team:

Bath Aqua Glass 2013

How could I resist the alumni invitation to come and make a Christmas bauble? – a chance to meet other alumni, in Bath at Christmas (how pretty!) AND do some glass blowing? Now that’s a very special combination.

We – a happy group of alumni from a range of years and faculties – were warmly welcomed into Bath Aqua Glass by Clare, Jo and Paola from the alumni team, and enjoyed juice, mulled wine and mince pies as we chatted, listened to the introduction by Aqua Glass’ Adrian, and watched the skilled teamwork of Laura and Will shaping the molten glass into beautiful objects. Then it was our turn to have a go!

In turn we chose the colour of our bauble-to-be, then blew gently into the long metal rod, slowly expanding the blob of extremely hot glass at the other end. The bauble was then deftly popped off the rod into a tray of heat-resistant chips where Laura added the clear glass hanging loop. Each proud maker posed for a photo with their treasure (who’s yours for?) – before it cooled slowly overnight, ready for engraving and posting the next day. I don’t know what wish the others blew into their bauble, but mine was to do more of this sort of thing!

See all the photos from the Bath Aqua Glass events.

Sarah Sparke (PhD 2013)

Posted in Bath.

A great night in Mexico

MBA alumna Yadira Contreras writes about the Bath alumni community in Mexico:

Since I left Bath (around 4 years ago), I try to attend to every event organized by the University in Mexico. There isn’t a Mexican Alumni Chapter; I thought it was because the Bath community in Mexico was very, very small.

Happily, during the recent Alumni Reception held in Mexico City, I realized that the Bath community in Mexico is bigger than expected and growing every year. It was a great night; not only for meeting new people but also to catching up and reconnect with people I had meet on previous Bath events and also with University. I love to hear people are doing great and moreover when they are interested in helping others with their careers.

I reckon that the Bath Alumni Relations team does a great job keeping in touch with small alumni communities all over the world. Currently, with their support, the local alumni are working on establishing a Mexican Alumni Chapter and making the Torre Mayor our regular venue in Mexico City.

I strongly recommend staying in touch with the Alumni Relations team and attending their events – as much as possible – you will always meet great people.

Yadira Contreras (MBA 2009)

Posted in International.

Making connections – from Chippenham to China

Maths graduate Neil Langmead moved to Beijing in July 2013 for work. He recently attended our alumni networking event in Beijing, which is part of our China Connect programme:

For us, the University of Bath has been so much more than a place of study and learning. My wife Abby and I met at University back in 1997, and since then, in various parts of the world, the University community has been a support network and a place where we have found both friendship and encouragement.

After leaving Bath, we stayed close by, working in the city and living near Chippenham, before relocating to Munich in Germany, and then Zürich in Switzerland. We connected with the Bath Zürich Alumni Chapter in Switzerland during our time there, making friends and meeting people who had spent time at the University.

Since moving to Beijing last July, it has been a delight to find a ready-made community of people from Bath out here to connect with and forge new relationships with. They have helped us with the moving in and settling in period that you always have when moving to a new country and adjusting to a new way of life. The benefit of having studied at Bath is that you meet people from all over the world – and that is definitely true here in China – people come from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The alumni community provides a very valuable source of advice, help and assistance. I would encourage you to join your local alumni group if one exists. If one doesn’t exist, then start one so that others can benefit!

At the China Connect event in Beijing it was great to reminisce with others about the University and also see how Bath is progressively developing its international relationships and profiles.

We will always be grateful for the start given to us by being at the University of Bath, and we look forward to making new friends in this wonderful, diverse and exciting city.

Neil Langmead (BSc Mathematics 1998)

Posted in International.

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Alumni networks thriving in Singapore and Malaysia

I recently returned from Singapore and Malaysia as part of a delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor to discuss partnerships and collaborations with several universities and major corporations, and an important part of the trip was to meet our local alumni.

We held two receptions: the first in Singapore, at the Raffles Hotel, which gathered 70 Bath alumni and guests. This was the biggest alumni gathering we’ve ever had in Singapore, nearly one in five of all the graduates who live there came along. The Vice-Chancellor updated everyone on the successes of recent years, along with the capital investment on campus, and encouraged them to act as ambassadors for the University, stressing that our alumni are our best advocates.

It was particularly pleasing to be able to welcome alumni representatives from our newest university partnerships, Stellenbosch and Ohio State universities. Joany Mouton, a Stellenbosch alumna, wrote afterwards: “Thank you for the invitation. We had a wonderful evening getting to know more about Bath University and meeting your faculty members and alumni. The function was very well organized and we felt honored to attend. We are very happy and proud that Bath University picked Stellenbosch University to be their partner. I am sure this will be a very successful partnership.”

We then moved on to Kuala Lumpur where, again, our alumni reception was the largest ever in the country. Nearly 100 of our 1,400 graduates based in Malaysia came along to the JWMarriott Hotel, including Bath graduates who had completed the MBA in association with the Malaysian Institute of Management, a programme which ran for many years until 2000.

The President of the Malaysian Alumni Chapter, Professor Datuk Mohamed Salleh (PhD Biological Sciences,1980, Honorary DSc 2012) opened proceedings, welcoming the Vice-Chancellor on behalf of the community, who then spoke about the University’s long relationship with the country. Students have come from Malaysia to study at Bath since the University received its Royal Charter in 1966, and today, almost 200 Malaysian students attend the University, making our links with Malaysia ever stronger.

We were delighted to be joined by representatives from the British High Commission, including one of our own, Nick Cain (MSc International Development 2005). Comments since the evening have included: “Thanks to the University’s effort in doing this. This is the right thing to do to maintain the good name and reputation of the University, to increase the image profile of the alumni and the students. Looking forward for the next reception. Please keep in touch.”


“It was a very nice gathering. Active discussion, and I met my course mate after more than a decade – great reunion. I listened with interest to the development in University of Bath, how the University has grown and successful in many areas as shown by the continued high ranking. Thank you for organizing the gathering.”

Along with individual meetings outside the receptions, we got to meet nearly 200 graduates over the week, and it was clear to all of us that the University retains a special place in our graduates’ affections, that our recent successes bring them enormous pride, and that the graduate community act as ambassadors for the institution and also stand ready to greet visiting academic or fellow alumni travellers. All in all, the Bath network is thriving in SE Asia.

See photos from Singapore and Malaysia.

Gavin Maggs is Director of Development & Alumni Relations at the University of Bath

Posted in International, On campus.

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