Bath Festivals

Bath Festivals have been working with Bath Spa since 2015. Here’s what they had to say about mentoring our students.

Why did you get involved with Bath Spa University and what was the outcome?

We were approached to join the Industry Mentors Programme and were delighted to take part, mentoring a student interested in arts management. We explored different career opportunities in the arts and cultural sector, as well as how Aimee's skills and experience would be evaluated by potential employers and what particular roles might interest her. Through research and discussions, we identified that Aimee has a deep passion for creative writing and will be seeking further academic opportunities to follow this path.

The University provided a very helpful briefing prior to the mentoring period, which was useful in establishing what should be part of a mentor's role and what shouldn't. Throughout the mentoring period, the University's team regularly got in touch to check on the progress of the mentoring relationship and whether we needed any support.

We found it an extremely rewarding experience, being able to make helpful suggestions and give time to listen to a young person at a time when they were making decision about their future.

What are the tangible benefits for the business and the student?

Aimee became directly involved with the Literature Festival and gave some of her time to look after authors. She was a brilliant addition to our artist liaison team and ensured that authors enjoyed their time at the Festival.

Describe your experience in one sentence.

Taking on the role of mentor was a rewarding and thoroughly positive and inspiring experience, which I hope I will be able to continue in the future.

The student perspective

Aimée Coates, BA Creative Writing with English Literature (2013-2016)

Why did you get involved and what does the role entail?

I wanted to know what else I could do with a literature/writing degree other than teaching and writing. I wanted to see how you could engage the public with current literature. I spent my time shadowing my mentor Judith, and being a compere and volunteer during the festival.

How did you and the business benefit from the activity, and what impact will it have on your future plans?

I now know that there are lots of other options with my degree other than just teaching or PR. It's very exciting being able to use your passions to reach out to others. I’d like to say a big thank you to Judith, who was always available to chat whenever I needed and went out of her to way to help me. Thanks to her, I also got to meet and talk with lots of interesting and talented individuals at the literature festival.

Describe your experience in one sentence.

Very insightful, and shed light on the career path I want to take.


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