University of Bolton Vice Chancellor Professor George E Holmes DL was one of a select group chosen to welcome Prime Minister David Cameron and President of China XI Jinping to Manchester last week. As one of the four Greater Manchester universities, the University of Bolton has been actively engaging with high profile partners in China through sharing of academic resources, staff visiting Chinese Universities and summer programmes for Chinese students in Bolton. Read more here
Distinguished healthcare clinician, Professor Raymond Tallis, delivered a fascinating and timely lecture at the University on the case for legalised assisted dying on Tuesday. Set up by Professor Arup Banerjee 12 years ago, the lecture series is primarily designed to cover areas related to age, ageing and age-research. Many distinguished national celebrities and academics have contributed so far. During his lecture Professor Tallis dispelled many of the myths around the topic and explained why palliative care should not be the only route for those terminally ill. Read more here
The University is proud to be a Living Wage employer, an hourly rate of pay set independently and updated annually. It was announced on Monday (Monday 2 November) that the hourly rate will be increasing from £7.85 an hour to £8.25. For more details, click here
From the wonders of expedition work in Madagascar to the international travel life working with a Premier League football club, University of Bolton students have been discovering the worldwide choices open to them this week.
As part of its internationalisation strategy the University is committed to bringing international perspectives into the curriculum. The TIRI Global Learning Week has aimed to give students the opportunity to find out more about international dimensions to their disciplines and celebrate excellent teaching and research from partner institutions in Europe and beyond. There has also been an opportunity to learn about study or undertake placements, including those available with Erasmus+.
Highlights of the week have included An Audience with Professors Dick Horrocks, Subhash Anand MBE, Suzanne Stern-Gillet and Jon Glover. These four world-leading researchers advised postgraduate students and lecturers embarking on PhDs insights into how research informs and integrates with teaching, offering useful advice on how to build a research profile. On Thursday night the international society’s cultural dinner was marked with fireworks which lit up Senate House. The evening’s entertainment included a feast of cultural celebrations, from drumming to belly dancing.
The University of Bolton is its participating in a new collaborative outreach network called Greater Manchester Higher. Five universities and eight further education colleges will be working together to help raise awareness of the higher education opportunities for students across the region. Read more here
Professor Mohsen Miraftab has had a significant article published in The Manufacturer which focuses on his current research work.. The Manufacturer article looks at Prof Miraftab’s work on a trio of next-generation medical innovations. Prof Miraftab has been developing artificial tendons, minute prosthetic grafts and minute wound dressings.
Psychology lecturer Rebecca Harris has been quoted in the December 2015 issue of Marie Clare magazine, advising that loneliness should be seen as an indicator that there is a need to be addressed, like thirst. That loneliness only becomes toxic when it isn’t addressed.
Biology lecturers Frankie Kettridge and Jonathan Thomas have been advising students on the career-boosting advantages of expedition work University of Bolton student biologists have been finding out all about the thrills and adventures of expedition life. They brought in Dr Dan Exton, Marine Research and Operations Manager for Operation Wallacea, who visited the Department of Biology at Queen’s Specialist Building. Dr Exton was recently featured in New Scientist’s ‘the best environmental jobs in the world’ article. Read more here
On Friday catering staff member Tina McIntryre ‘braved the shave’, losing her locks for charity in her fundraising mission for Macmillan Cancer Nurses. Her sacrifice was in memory of former colleague Georgina Williams, who worked as team leader in the University’s Café Athena. Tina’s still gathering in the cash but she reckons she’s raised more than £1,300 and would like to thank everyone who has supported her. Read more here
Second year student Nicola Basnett was the recipient of an outstanding achievement award at the prestigious annual dinner hosted by the Bolton Society of Chartered Accountants (BSCA). A working mum juggling family and study, Nicola has achieved the honour of being awarded the University of Bolton’s top accountancy student 2015. Read more here