Lightbulb moments

It’s impossible to predict everything. Sometimes we are simply taken by surprise. And on a global scale too.

Take the financial crash, the spread of the Zika virus, the refugee crisis in Syria. Devastating events requiring us to change the way we live, think and or organise our lives.

Here at Bath, we can’t always know what the future holds, but we can be sure about is how we’ll respond.

Our university has grown so rapidly – and so successfully – because we’ve learned to be responsive, adaptable and flexible. It’s one of our strengths.

Glucose monitoring programmes to help prevent diabetes. Bandages that alert doctors to infection. Supply chain science to stop medicines running out in a disaster. Maths equations to help understand the spread of Ebola. Water testing to keep the supply drug free.

Whenever new challenges or ideas emerge, we’ll do our very best to solve or embrace them. It’s this practical approach, along with our diagnostic expertise, which sees us heading off problems – even before they take hold.

Put simply, if we see an opportunity to make an impact, or to stop a disaster in its tracks, we’ll take it.