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Bath Spa University's Strategy and Objectives in Relation to Erasmus Activities
- Erasmus Charter (.pdf 1.4MB)
Bath Spa University (BSU) is a major teaching-led university. The high quality of the experience of all its students is therefore of paramount importance and one of its fifteen strategic objectives. BSU has links with academic institutions in the US, East Asia and Europe, including agreements with thirty institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus scheme. BSU's Erasmus priorities have been the mobility of students and teaching staff and developing existing links to expand areas of collaboration. Under the new charter BSU will also assist non-teaching staff to widen their professional experience through working in its partner institutions.
Erasmus opportunities for students are explained in the undergraduate prospectus and on the website and the "Minerva" Virtual Learning Environment, and will be included in BSU's UCAS institutional and subject profiles. The annual production of Erasmus promotional materials, such as publicity leaflets, display boards, and handbooks for outgoing students, incoming students and staff will continue. The EU Charter (.pdf) Is displayed in the Main Reception and both the EU Charter and the EPS is published on our website.
Erasmus Coordinators, based in our Schools, ensure promotion of Erasmus opportunities for both staff and students across the University and within specific subject areas. The Erasmus Coordinators will continue to liaise frequently with Course Leaders to encourage them to promote Erasmus opportunities and these will be discussed at key meetings such as the Modular Scheme Committee, Subject and Course Meetings and School Committees and Boards.
Another of BSU's strategic objectives is to "Ensure equality of opportunity for staff and students and to widen overall access to the university". BSU works to ensure compliance with equality legislation addressing issues of race, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion and belief. Examples include:
- The Equal Opportunities Advisory Group;
- The Learning and Teaching Committee, which discusses equality issues: access and inclusion are key to the development of policies and programmes;
- The Disability Equality Scheme Implementation Group;
- Student Recruitment Procedures, which ensure applicants who might otherwise be deterred by financial, cultural or disability considerations are aware of the support available;
- Student Services, which works to ensure access and inclusion for all students;
- The Chaplaincy, which maintains links to all local major faith groups.
Measures Taken by Bath Spa University to Ensure the Quality of Mobility Activities
Both incoming and outgoing Erasmus students receive recognition for successful completion of their study period abroad through the ECTS system with 30 ECTS equating to a semester's work. Outgoing students receive a Diploma Supplement and incoming students a full transcript of records. All undergraduates and teachers are invited to apply for placements. Teachers meet with the School Erasmus Coordinators and receive a Teacher Mobility Handbook. They submit a formal application to their Head of School and the Vice-Chancellor for approval and agreement to any supplementary funding. Teaching placements in one of BSU's partner institutions are seen as an important part of staff development and have led to curriculum innovation. They are also an opportunity for developing the links between BSU and its partners and for giving tutorial support to BSU students studying at these institutions.
Students are notified of Erasmus opportunities individually and information packs and application forms are available in paper and electronic form. Applicants complete a form requiring approval from their tutors and submit it to their Erasmus Coordinator. Students are then interviewed individually by Coordinators. Selection is based on the student's enthusiasm, academic record, subject and, where necessary, linguistic ability. A Prior Learning Agreement (PLA) details the programme of study agreed between BSU, the partner institution and the student and introductory language courses or language packs are provided. Incoming students receive a PLA and briefing pack before arrival. Accommodation is found for them and they are invited to an International Students' Orientation Day and individual meetings with the Erasmus Coordinator. Each student is assigned an academic tutor, and English language classes and an English module, designed primarily for Erasmus students, are available along with all BSU's facilities.
Bath Spa University,
Newton Park Campus,
Newton Saint Loe,
Bath, BA2 9BN.