Guests at our 50th anniversary reception in Geneva

Celebrating our 50th in Geneva

“It is by working in partnership in all that we do that we can achieve more together”

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President and Vice-Chancellor

Alumni from over a dozen European countries gathered in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday 11 February to hear an update from our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, about our 50th anniversary celebrations.

The Reception followed a visit to CERN, where the Vice-Chancellor met with alumnus Dr Steve Hancock (BSc Applied Physics 1980) and Professor Manjit Dosanjh, Senior Medical Applications Advisor, who are collaborators in the CERN-University of Bath research partnership.

The research collaboration began in 2014, with a project to develop new multi-modality tomography techniques to image tumours within the body. As of June 2016, the University has been working with CERN on a new project to create a toolbox for fast, accurate 3D X-ray image construction. This innovative project builds on the concept of an affordable way to improve imaging and reduce radiation doses for patients.

The Tomographic Iterative GPU-based Reconstruction (TIGRE) toolbox is based on Cone Beam Computer Tomography (CBCT) and this project is being led by PhD student Ander Biguri. Ander spoke to the Vice-Chancellor and her guests about the project before attendees commenced their visits to the Antiproton Decelerator and Synchrocyclotron.

The Vice-Chancellor then joined over 70 guests for an evening reception at the lake-side Beau Rivage Hotel.

Following a welcome from Gavin Maggs, Director of Development & Alumni Relations, the Vice-Chancellor spoke of the pride she has in Bath’s achievements over the past 50 years; highlighting the University’s teaching excellence and leading research output.

She spoke of recent expansions at Bath; with particular mention of the Milner Centre for Evolution and Manvers Street, and encouraged alumni to take pride in the strength of the University’s international community of graduates and to take on the role of University ambassadors. She said:

“Building a thriving global community of alumni, staff and friends allows us to look further. We want to cement our international presence to ensure we are at the forefront of teaching excellence and world-changing research”

Guests had the opportunity to watch ‘Celebrating our Community, Together we go Further’, a video produced for our 50th Anniversary year and played as part of the celebrations at Bath Abbey on 25 October. The Vice-Chancellor then updated guests on the progress of our Look Further fundraising campaign – which aims to raise £66 million in philanthropic income for projects across the University. She revealed that we have reached a landmark £56million in support so far.

The Reception was also attended by Chair of Council, Thomas Sheppard, Dean of Science, Professor Nick Brook and Professor Manuch Soleimani from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering.