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University seeks to replace pay-row chancellor

Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell
BBC

The University of Bath is advertising for a new vice-chancellor, five months after the resignation of Dame Prof Glynis Breakwell amid a row over pay.

The university said it was seeking an "exceptional leader" for the role of vice-chancellor and president for a renewable five-year fixed term, which attracted a "competitive salary".

Dame Glynis, who was the UK's highest paid vice-chancellor with a salary of £468,000, stepped down in November after becoming the focus of criticisms of rising pay among university leaders.

Former Education Minister Lord Adonis had called her pay "shameless and outrageous".

In an advertisement in the Times Higher Education supplement, the university said strong candidates for her successor would "demonstrate a keen affinity with Bath's commitment to international levels of excellence in higher education" and "espouse and strong dedication to inclusion, integrity and high personal standards of accountability, justice and fairness".

Bath scientists investigate sex ratio of birds

Plover
University of Bath

Scientists from the University of Bath, who have studied wild bird populations, have made a new discovery.

They found parents of plovers are more likely to split up, leaving the father to care for the offspring, when the balance of the sexes is skewed towards one gender.

They studied six different populations of the bird in Africa, Asia and Latin America over a 10-year period.

Plover
University of Bath

Researchers say the study highlights the knock-on effects that differences in survival rates between the sexes can have on population dynamics and social behaviour.

They now hope to investigate the effects of sex ratio on social behaviour in other animal populations, including humans.

Non-needle blood sugar tech invented at Bath Uni

Scientists at the University of Bath have created patch technology to test blood-sugar levels through the skin.

Dubbed as a "bloodless revolution in diabetes monitoring", the adhesive patch contains sensors that use small electric currents to draw out the glucose from hair follicles, without having to prick or break the skin.

It can take readings in diabetes patients 100 times a day and costs not much more than £1.

The monitoring and treatment of diabetes currently accounts for 10% of the NHS budget.

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A needle-less method to monitor blood sugar has proven a difficult goal to attain... This is an essential contribution in the fight to combat the ever-increasing global incidence of diabetes."

Professor Richard GuyBath University Department of Pharmacology

Harry and Meghan to visit Uni of Bath

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be at the University of Bath today on their last official engagement before they get married.

They'll be there for the selection trials for the UK team for the Invictus Games.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to meet sporting hopefuls

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are to visit Bath to attend the UK team trials for the Invictus Games.

They will meet the sporting hopefuls at the University of Bath sports training village on 6 April.

The couple, who are touring the UK ahead of their 19 May wedding, will watch competitors as they try out on the athletics track and field before chatting to those taking part in the indoor sitting volleyball trials.

Harry is patron of the Invictus Games Foundation and set up, in 2014, the sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Bath students move protest

A group of students at the university of Bath have now, by mutual consent, moved their protest out of the Vice Chancellor's suite to a nearby balcony.

The protest is in support of lecturers and employees striking over a national pensions row.

It follows a similar protest which started yesterday in Bristol and is also still ongoing.

The university of Bath says it respects the right of both students and staff to make their voices heard."