University of Bath student callers Spring 2018

The difference an Alumni Fund Grant makes

We’re halfway through our Spring Telethon and our team of student callers have loved speaking with our alumni. They’ve found out what they have been up to since leaving Bath, updated them on the latest news from campus and, of course, thanked them for their generous donations to the Alumni Fund.

The Alumni Fund supports projects across campus which make life better for our students and University community. Here are just a handful of the projects which have benefitted from grants made from the Alumni Fund in recent years.

Bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring

Diabetes is a serious public health problem which is increasing – the NHS spends around 10 per cent of its budget on diabetes monitoring and treatments.

Scientists here at Bath have created a non-invasive, adhesive patch, which promises the measurement of glucose levels through the skin without a finger-prick blood test. The research team hopes that it can eventually become a low-cost, wearable sensor that sends regular glucose measurements to the wearer’s phone or smartwatch wirelessly, alerting them when they may need to take action.

This incredible work received seed funding from the Alumni Fund to help get it off the ground.

Spurring on the UK’s number 1 student electric racing team

Team Bath Racing electric (TBRe) won last year’s Formula Student competition to become the UK’s top student electric racing team. Our alumni have been behind them all the way, with the team receiving Alumni Fund grants to buy new equipment, such as batteries, for the car.

Team Bath Racing electric at Silverstone for the Formula Student competition
Team Bath Racing electric at Silverstone for the Formula Student competition

Will Minter-Kemp (Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering 2018) Business Manager for TBRe, says: “The help we received from the Alumni Fund has enabled us to compete at a high level and open up team membership regardless of student income.  The benefits  are incalculable – thank you so much.”

We wish TBRe the best of luck in the 2018 competition.

Unlocking funding for dementia research

A research team in our Department of Biology & Biochemistry received a small Alumni Fund grant towards upgrading their imaging resource. This funding enabled them to unlock a much bigger grant from Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Huge thanks to the Alumni Fund for supporting this bid by providing 10 per cent matched funding,” says lead researcher, Professor Rob Williams. “This support from Bath alumni was viewed very favourably by ARUK when making their funding decision.”

How to apply for an Alumn Fund grant

Alumni Fund grants can be made for any project which will enhance the University of Bath experience for the wider student community. They can support new innovations in academic contexts, provide new equipment for SU clubs or societies or enable new activities to be piloted.

Applications will open on 1 June for the next round of funding, will close on 6 September and decisions will be made in October. To find out more about criteria for the disbursement of grants, please see the guidance notes.

If you would like advice on how to apply for an Alumni Fund grant to support your project, please book a place at one of our monthly drop-in sessions, which are running from April to August.

If you are interested in applying on behalf of an SU club or society, please contact the SU Sports Officer or SU Activities Officer for advice.

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