All change at BA2!

“We have come a long way since we produced our first magazine for alumni and friends in 1993. Back then, graduates numbered a mere 28,000, compared to more than 100,000 today.” 

Rachel Skerry, Editor, BA2

This week, the latest edition of BA2, our alumni magazine, lands on desks and doormats around the world. It’s a new look issue, completely revamped for our anniversary year, and we love it!!  You can take a peek here.

Rachel Skerry, part of the editorial team, reflects on how BA2 has changed over the years:

“Our very first magazine, imaginatively titled ‘University of Bath Magazine’, launched in 1993.  Its topic, “All change on campus”, became a recurring theme in subsequent issues – perhaps not surprising given the rapid pace of change here. Back then, in issue 1, change came in the form of a new athletics track behind the “sports pavilion” (now the Sports Training Village), a new building called 8 West, now home to our School of Management, and a restoration of the Parade to the colour of Bath stone.

By 2000, the magazine had the much snappier title, BA2, and was still all about change. It introduced alumni voices for the first time and witnessed an ever growing circulation, with copies being distributed as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada. Its first cover star was alumna Sue Duncan (BSc Sociology 1975), the UK Government’s most senior researcher at the time. It reported on the appointments of Professor Glynis Breakwell as our new Vice-Chancellor, and Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell – the world famous physicist who discovered pulsars – as our Dean of Science.

Today, our latest edition features Carole Mundell, our first Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy, who was heavily inspired by Professor Bell Burnell. We’ve also got pieces on Fairtrade, a sporting scholar superstar, keeping cool in the spotlight, music picks from URB (University Radio Bath), archive pics and celebrity hon grads – to name a few! It’s all change inside, and out.

The team here worked really closely with academics, students and alumni to capture what’s great about our University today – and with new designers to present it in a fresh and exciting way. We hope you like it. Look out for a special anniversary edition this winter!”