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Policies – Bath Spa University

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The University publishes an Annual Policy Bulletin to staff and students, confirming which policies and regulations have been introduced, amended, or removed. Please find the latest version of this below:

General policies

Establishing University Policies and Procedures

The purpose of this Policy is to establish a consistent approach to the development of University policies and procedures to ensure that members of the University community and other users have ready access to well-developed and clear policies.

Anti-slavery statement

Bath Spa University Statement on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking for the year ended on 31 July 2023

Bath Spa University is proud of its vision to be a leading university in creativity, culture and enterprise and, through the delivery of Strategy 2030, the University’s purpose is to “challenge our students and staff to realise their talent and thrive, for their own benefit and for the wider good. By doing this we will think and make the world better”. Underpinning this vision is a principle to act ethically; the University is therefore committed to establishing practices to combat slavery and human trafficking.

The University is a Fairtrade University. Increasing the range of products bearing the Fairtrade Mark that are sold by the University ensures that the relevant parts of its supply chain are more likely to meet Fairtrade standards that protect workers' rights and guarantee payment of a minimum price.

Our structure

Bath Spa University is a higher education corporation established pursuant to the Education Reform Act 1988. It is also an exempt charity, registered with and regulated by the Office for Students. The University's principal place of business is at Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN. The University has approximately 1000 employees, the majority of which are based in the United Kingdom.
The University has a subsidiary company, Bath Spa U Limited. The annual turnover of the consolidated accounts of the University is in the region of £145.8m.

The University comprises of seven academic schools: Bath Business School; Bath School of Art, Film and Media; Bath School of Design; School of Education; School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities; Bath School of Music and Performing Arts; School of Sciences. In addition, the University operates the delivery of academic programmes at Bath Spa University London.

Several professional services departments exist to provide services to the students and the University as a whole. These include Human Resources, Academic Planning, Centre for Educational Partnerships, Student Experience, Finance, IT Services), Estates, External Affairs; Governance, Legal & Compliance; Research and Enterprise.

Within the Finance department, the procurement function supports academic schools and departments in helping to ensure the University obtains value for money in all the goods and services it purchases, in-line with the University's Financial Regulations and The Public Contract Regulations.

Our policies

We have a zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. The University maintains policies relating to procurement, sustainability, equality, wellbeing and diversity which together form a robust institutional effort to combat slavery and human trafficking.  Where relevant, our policies extend to our suppliers in expectations of adherence to external regulations and University principles. 
The University’s procurement policies are concerned with adherence to the conditions outlined elsewhere in this statement and in ensuring due diligence, and include a sustainable procurement policy.

The University is committed to conducting its business with honesty and integrity, and it expects all staff to maintain high standards. Staff are encouraged to raise concerns of a public interest or make a public interest disclosure as part of the Whistleblowing Policy which is designed to allow concerns of a public interest arising in relation to the University to be raised, investigated and where appropriate, acted upon.

Our supply chains

To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our policies, we have in place a supply chain compliance programme; wherever possible our supply chain is made up of suppliers who are registered under framework agreements from public sector purchasing consortia such as UKUPC (as members of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium), Crescent Purchasing Consortium, Crown Commercial Services, and Health Trust Europe. Consultancies and construction work are also lodged under framework agreements to ensure compliancy with legislation.

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

Supply chain management from the consortia is routine throughout the contractual term and staff are required to manage contracts throughout the term to ensure value for money.  On the occasions where a framework agreement cannot be used the University carries out due diligence on all new suppliers prior to placing a purchase order, as standard, this includes a question pertaining to modern slavery compliance. Further engagement with suppliers, including with the University’s educational partners, is subject to review dependent on this confirmation step and the University’s standard contractual clauses explicitly require adherence by all suppliers to the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The University works to identify and assess potential risk areas within its supply chains, monitor and mitigate any identified risk and to protect whistle-blowers raising concerns. The University takes a risk-based approach to better understand its supply chains and to prioritise and target actions accordingly.

Supplier adherence to Bath Spa University values and ethics

To ensure all those in the University and its supply chain and its contractors comply with our policies and procedures the University has put in place a supply chain compliance programme. This normally consists of procurement procedures, contract reviews and renewal of due diligence at the point of any renewal.

The University is committed to sustainable procurement and plans to implement ISO 20400 by 2025; a key part of this is the undertaking of a review of the University's current procurement framework.


To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in University business and its supply chains, the University offers procurement training to all relevant staff.

The process all University staff must follow, in the engagement of a new supplier and inclusion of querying the suppliers' efforts and steps taken to ensure compliance with the Act, acts as an engagement tool to ensure that staff access the resources made available in the provision of compliance.

The publication of this statement and the University's approach to ensuring compliance with the Act is shared with staff via news and updates in line with the publication of the University’s annual report and financial statements.

Further steps

Going forward, the University’s Sustainability Group will renew its efforts to work closely with colleagues across the University including Procurement, Finance, IT, HR, Academic Planning, the Centre for Educational Partnerships, and Estates functions to monitor higher risk areas within the University’s supply chain.

During the 2023-24 financial year, we aim to focus on the following areas:

  • Continue to work towards obtaining ISO20400 sustainable procurement certification by 2025. The certification process includes supply chain due diligence and contract conditions to be further enhanced.
  • Move to a ‘Responsible Procurement’ approach that will consider the impact of the Goods and Services we choose, reduce the risks from suppliers, and enhance the monitoring and reporting of its supplier’s sustainability actions, including Modern Slavery. 
  • We will continue working closely with our key suppliers, HEPA, and SUPC Responsible Procurement Group and organisations such as Electronics Watch. 
  • To develop a specific Modern Slavery Policy, and further develop the University’s approach to training staff on the subject, prioritising the procurement department.
  • Consider our approach to supply chain mapping and commodity coding to ensure a risk-based approach, as well as engagement with our supply base and partners including their approach to subcontracting.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the University's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 July 2023. It was approved by the Board of Governors of Bath Spa University on 13 December 2023.

Download a copy of this statement.


We value diversity and we recognise that different people bring different ideas, knowledge and culture, and that difference can bring strength, creativity and innovation.

We believe that discrimination or exclusion based on individual characteristics and circumstances, such as the below, represents a waste of talent and a denial of opportunity for self-fulfilment:

  • age
  • disability
  • caring or dependency responsibilities
  • gender or gender identity
  • marriage and civil partnership status
  • political opinion
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • colour
  • caste
  • nationality
  • ethnic or national origin
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • socio-economic background
  • trade union membership status or other distinctions.

We recognise that patterns of under-representation and differences in outcomes at Bath Spa University can be challenged through positive action programmes.

We respect the rights of individuals, including the right to hold different views and beliefs. We will not allow these differences to be manifested in a way that is hostile or degrading to others.

We expect commitment and involvement from all our staff, students, partners and providers of goods and services in working towards the achievement of our vision.

Read the full Equality policy.


The Vice-Chancellor has responsibility and accountability for Equality throughout the institution and is also responsible implementing and monitoring this policy through the Equality and Diversity Steering Group. However, all members of the University, both staff and students, have a duty to ensure that individuals do not suffer from any form of harassment and that if they do, they are supported in seeking to eliminate it and in pursuing any legitimate complaint about the harassment.

Read the full Harassment policy.


We are committed to being a menopause-friendly university. Our menopause policy aims to foster an environment in which staff and students can openly speak about the menopause and ask for any support and reasonable adjustments that they may need.

Read the full Menopause Policy.

Safeguarding, Wellbeing and the Prevent Duty

As part of the UK Government's strategy to reduce terrorism, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 introduced a statutory duty on Higher Education Institutions to have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". This legislation is called the Prevent Duty and applies to all forms of extremism, including the Far Right, Islamist groups and animal rights groups. Prevent is one of the Government's four strands of counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Read the full Safeguarding, Wellbeing and Prevent Duty policy.

Sexual Violence and Misconduct

The University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all its students and staff. The following policies set out how the University will deal with incidents and allegations of Sexual Violence and Misconduct against members of the student and staff communities.

Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion

Trans, non-binary, and gender diverse staff, students and visitors are a valued part of the Bath Spa University community, and we are committed to creating a fair and inclusive environment where all members feel included, respected and safe. Bath Spa University views harassment or discrimination against any student or employee on any grounds as a serious disciplinary offence.

Read the full Trans and Non-Binary Inclusion Policy.

Policy themes

Academic and Student


Access and Participation

Academic Frameworks

Academic regulations

Learning and teaching

Engagement and attendance


Central Assessment Board Schedules

Complaints and discipline


Student protection, terms and conditions

Finance and Risk

*The Contract Management Policy will not apply to Bath Spa University precedent contracts (such as contracts of employment) that:

(i) have been approved as an exception by the University Secretary pursuant to the Financial Regulations; and
(ii) have not been substantially varied.

Supporting documentation: How To Guide and Contract Review Sheet.


Accessibility statements

We're committed to improving the accessibility of our website and other platforms and systems, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Privacy notices

We're committed to the security of your personal data, and to enabling your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018, GDPR, and associated data protection law.

Privacy statement

The University is registered as Data Controller with the Information Commissioners Office, registration number: Z7222773.

This notice and any other documents referred to in it set out the basis on which we will process any personal data we collect from data subjects, or that is provided to us by data subjects or other sources.

We may update our Privacy Notices at any time. The current version of all of our Privacy Notices can be found below, and we encourage you to check back here regularly to review any changes.

Unless specific time periods are given in the relevant Privacy Notice, your data will be kept in-line with the University's Records Retention Schedule.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Contact the Data Protection Officer

The University has appointed a Data protection Officer:

Postal address:

Data Protection Officer
Bath Spa University
Newton Park
Newton St Loe
United Kingdom

What is personal data?

"Personal data" is defined as information relating to a living individual that enables that individual to be identified either from the data.

Personal data may contain “special categories of data” as described under the new law. Such “special categories of data" may include information about your racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs or other beliefs, physical or mental health or, in relation to DPA only, other conditions and information concerning any criminal offences or criminal proceedings.

How you're protected under data protection law

Data protection law means that any processing undertaken by us must be done for specified purposes (outlined within these privacy notices) and that we have a relevant lawful basis for the processing. Under the new rules there are six possible bases:

  1. Consent: on occasions where the University will only process certain data for a specific purpose, subject to you having provided clear and affirmative consent. This is always required if we're processing special categories of personal data.
  2. Contract: it may be necessary to process your personal data to fulfil the contract we have with you or you have asked us to take specific action before entering into a contract with us.
  3. Legal obligation: the processing of your data is necessary for us to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).
    Vital interests: the processing of your data is necessary to protect someone’s life.
  4. Public task: the processing of your data is necessary for us to perform a task that is in the public interest or for official functions, and the task or function has a clear basis in law.
  5. Legitimate interests: the processing of your data is necessary for the legitimate interest of the University or a third party unless there is a good reason to protect the individual’s personal data which overrides those legitimate interests.
Your rights, including access to information and correction

Right of notification

All data subjects (students, applicants, visitors to our website, and others as specified in our privacy notices) have the right to be informed about the collection and use of data. As Data Controller, the University is required to provide you with information about how we process your data and your rights under the new data protection law.

You also have the Right to be notified of data rectification and erasure, such as in the event of a data breach.

Right of access/ portability

You have the right to find out what information we hold about you, and you are able to request that information from us by submitting a Subject Access Request via our Data Protection Officer.

You also have the right to request data we hold to be provided to you in a format suitable to transferring to other data controllers, which is your right to portability.

Right to rectification

You have to right to contact us to rectify any information we hold about you and you can do this at any time either via the self-service portal, available to students and staff, or by contacting

Right to erasure

You have the right to request that we delete your information at any point, which we must do unless the information is necessary (such as your academic record if you are a student)

Right to restriction of processing

If you think there's a problem with the accuracy of the data we hold about you, or if you think we're using data about you unlawfully, you can request that any current processing is suspended until a resolution is agreed.

Right to object

You have a right to object to how we use your data if we do so on the basis of "legitimate interests" or "in the performance of a task in the public interest" or "exercise of official authority" (a privacy notice will clearly state this if this is the case). Unless we can show a compelling case why our use of data is justified, we have to stop using your data in the way that you've objected to.

Right to not be subject to automated decision making

If any decision has been about you based on automated software (such as segmentation or suitability a bursary) you have the right to request a human being review the decision.

Withdrawing your consent

Where we have your consent to any processing (made clear within our privacy notices or at the time of collecting your data) you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

Exercising your rights, queries and complaints

For more information on your rights, if you wish to exercise any right, for any queries you may have, or if you wish to make a complaint, please contact our Data Protection Officer:

Complaint to the Information Commissioner

You have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) about the way in which we process your personal data. You can make a complaint on the ICO website.

Compliance and governance

Development and alumni relations


*Some of our policies are for internal purposes only. If you cannot find the policy you are searching for and are not an employee or student of the University please submit a Freedom of Information request.

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