Bath Spa University's strategy and objectives in relation to Erasmus+ activities
Bath Spa University is a leading university in creativity, culture, and enterprise. The high quality of the experience of all its students is therefore of paramount importance. Two of our strategic objectives include developing graduates who are socially engaged global citizens, and increasing overseas student numbers to provide a truly global experience on campus.
Bath Spa has links with academic institutions in the USA, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. This includes agreements with 29 institutions in Europe as part of the Erasmus+ programme. The University’s Erasmus+ priorities have centred around the mobility of students, academic and professional staff, and developing existing links to expand areas of collaboration.
Erasmus+ opportunities for students are explained in the undergraduate prospectus, on the website, and in the International Relations Office's (IRO) “International Opportunities” booklet. We publish an annual set of promotional materials that include information on Erasmus+ student study mobility and staff mobility.
IRO and School Erasmus+ coordinators, based in each of our schools of study, ensure promotion of Erasmus+ opportunities for both students and staff across the University, and within specific subject areas. The school 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.
Principles and ethics
One of the principles underpinning the University’s vision is behaving ethically. Bath Spa 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.
How we ensure the quality of mobility activities
Bath Spa University undertakes a number of steps to ensure our mobility activities meet a certain standard and level of quality. This is done via the processes and actions below.
Award and recognition
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, professional staff and teachers are invited to apply for placements. Teachers meet with the school Erasmus+ coordinators or their head of school/line manager, and professional staff meet with their line manager, and both receive a formal email from IRO with further information.
They then submit a formal application to their head of school/line manager for approval and agreement to any supplementary funding. Training and teaching placements in one of Bath Spa University’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 the University and its partners and for giving tutorial support to Bath Spa students studying at these institutions.
Students are notified of Erasmus+ opportunities individually and in group presentations; information packs and the application form are available in paper and electronic form. Students complete the application form which requires approval by their School Erasmus+ Coordinator. Students are then interviewed individually by Coordinators.
Selection is based on the student's enthusiasm, academic record (they must be in good academic standing), subject and, where necessary, linguistic ability. A Learning Agreement of Studies details the programme of study agreed between BSU, the partner institution and the student.
Incoming students send a Learning Agreement of Studies to Bath Spa University and receive a pre-departure guide before arrival. The Student Accommodation office assist with finding them accommodation, and they are invited to an International Students' Orientation Day and individual meetings with their School Erasmus+ Coordinator. Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor, and all the University’s facilities available to them.
International Relations Office
Bath Spa University
Newton St Loe
T: +44 (0)1225 875777