Bath's Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival
FAB is Bath's only visual arts festival, we actively promote and celebrate contemporary art in the Bath area and beyond, showcasing early career artists and curators, and those who find it difficult to break into (or prefer to operate outside of) the gallery based art scene.
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The Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre

The powertrain and vehicle research centre (PVRC) conduct research that contributes to the next generation of clean and efficient passenger cars in collaboration with major car makers and small startup companies.

We are a busy group of 50 academics, technicians, researchers and postgraduates. We are an experimentally intensive group and our experimental facilities include test cells for turbochargers, petrol and diesel engines, gearboxes, electric motors and whole vehicles. We also study the behaviour of drivers in order to develop new products that help them to reduce the impact of their driving.

Our labs are some of the most precise, capable and highly instrumented to be found anywhere, and is made possible by a hard working group of skilled technicians and researchers. This strong commitment to high quality experimental research, backed up by analysis, is a defining characteristic of our work. I strongly believe that we have a responsibility to conduct research that will improve mass market, affordable cars. These advances have a huge impact as they are incorporated into the most popular cars on the market.

Professor Chris Brace


Centre for Analysis of Social Policy

Research that won the Queens Anniversary Prize 2012: Livelihoods and Life Chances of Britain’s Poor Children

The Centre’s research that contributed to wining of the Queens Award pioneered the child-centred approach to study the livelihoods of poor children, rather than the focus being on parents or families. Professor Tess Ridge pioneered the use of this approach carrying out the first such UK study in the mid-1990s, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). By talking directly to children living in poverty, she revealed the often hidden ways in which poverty affects many aspects of their lives - at home, in school and in leisure activities. But the research also highlighted the ways in which children themselves employ strategies to cope with poverty, and often make a strong positive contribution to how disadvantaged families manage. Prof Ian Butler led the way in understanding how children cope with parental separation and divorce and the implications of this for professional practice. He has also been at the forefront of using a child-centred approach to research the needs of children in the public care system, who on leaving care are at great risk of experiencing poverty.

In addition research by Dr. Susan Harkness (and Prof. Paul Gregg on part of this research) focused on the changing circumstances of lone mothers and their children as financial support from the state in the form of tax credits and support for childcare costs increased and employment rose dramatically. This transformed the picture of worklessness and poverty that had dominated the 1980s and 90s and as a result working poverty re-emerged as the dominant form of poverty for children in the 2000 as worklessness declined.

Prof. Paul Gregg (who joined the Dept. after the Queens Award) has shown how the family circumstances in childhood increasingly important in describing children’s life chances. His research shows how youth unemployment after leaving school and childhood poverty have long-term scars throughout children’s adult lives and that the UK was one the countries with the worst record on childhood circumstances describing destinies, with limited social mobility.

The research was part of a broader set of research from other centres that was awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for 2011 as part of her Diamond Jubilee.

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Professor Paul Gregg, Professor Tess Ridge and Professor Jane Millar

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