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Welcome activities

You're in. Now it's time to find out what's in store...

Starting university can be daunting. There are a range of fun and informative activities on offer to help you settle in. Make sure you get involved!

View your Welcome Activities schedule by clicking on the button below.

Post your memorable moments and Selfie Trail snaps on social media using #hellobathspa.

Induction dates

Get Started Programme

Get Started Programme

Wednesday 19 - Friday 21 September 2018

Get Started is designed for first year students who have disclosed a disability or a physical or mental health condition. The programme offers you an opportunity to settle in early and helps with the transition to university life before the fanfare of Welcome Week. 

Booking details will be sent by our Student Support team in August. Visit our Get Started page for more information.

Our Student Support team will be in touch about your arrival and schedule for the first few days you're on campus. You'll be emailed when your full Welcome Activities schedule for Welcome Week becomes available.

Undergraduate - new students

Welcome Week

Monday 24 - Friday 28 September 2018

Bath Spa offers you a full week of activities so you can get connected with other students, meet your lecturers, get to know your way around campus, and learn about the services available that will help you achieve your academic, personal and professional goals. You'll be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule becomes available.

BA Education (Year 3 top-up)

Wednesday 19 September 2018

The Institute for Education will contact you with details of your induction day.

 

Undergraduate - returning students

Welcome Week

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 September 2018

Welcome back! Your course area will host one or more induction session(s) for returning students. You'll be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule becomes available.

In addition to re-registering online each academic year, returning non-EU international students are required to show evidence of their right to study in the UK (visa, BRP, etc.) before they can be fully enrolled at each new academic year. Please check our In-Person Enrolment dates for your session.

Postgraduate - new students

If you're starting at Newton Park, Bath School of Art and Design, or Corsham Court, you'll be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule becomes available. Please check the details below for your induction dates.

  • MA/MSc - Newton Park
    Monday 24 September 2018
  • MA - Art and Design
    Monday 17 - Wednesday 19 September 2018

  • MA/MSc - Corsham Court
    Thursday 27 September 2018
  • Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma - Professional Practice in Higher Education
    Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.

Postgraduate - returning students

Your course team will be in touch if you are required to attend any activities during Welcome Week.

In addition to re-registering online each academic year, returning non-EU international students are required to show evidence of their right to study in the UK (visa, BRP, etc.) before they can be fully enrolled at each new academic year. Please check our In-Person Enrolment dates for your session.

PGCE and Teacher Training

  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) - Maths course
    The Institute for Education will be in touch with your full induction schedule.
  • Teach First
    Teach First staff will be in touch with your full induction schedule.

  • PGCE Secondary (including School Direct) and PGCE Primary and Early Years (including School Direct) 
    The Institute for Education will be in touch with your full induction schedule.

    Please note: PGCE applicants who are awaiting certificates or test results and are holding conditional-firm offers are expected to attend induction activities, but will be unable to finalise registration and enrolment on the day.  
  • Early Years Initial Teacher training (EYITT)
    The Institute for Education will be in touch with your full induction schedule.

  • School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
    Your colleges will be in touch about your welcome activities at your home campus.

Partner Institutions

  • Circomedia (New FD students and MA students only)
    You'll be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule becomes available.

    Circomedia (BA Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre)
    Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.

If you are studying at one of the following colleges, your course team will be in touch about any induction activities:

  • New College Swindon
  • Bath College
  • Bristol College
  • The Brighton Academy
  • Best Practice Network (BPN) 
  • SENCoFuture Education World (UAE)
  • ESART (Spain)
  • Training Vision Institute (Singapore)
  • Cornwall College

PhD/Distance Learning courses

Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.

International Students

International Induction Day (September 2018 starters)

Friday 21 September 2018

Starting at a new university in a new country can seem daunting. That’s why we offer welcome activities specifically for new international students. All new international students are expected to attend the international induction day, which allows you to move in early and get settled before the academic term begins.

The International Relations Office (IRO) will be in touch with you about your arrival, and you'll be emailed when your Welcome Activities schedule becomes available. If you have any questions, please email international@bathspa.ac.uk.

Attendance on the International Induction Day is compulsory, so please ensure that you arrive on time to attend the programme to get the best possible start to your studies. 

You may also wish to review our visas page for important information on visas and immigration, and what to prepare before you arrive.

Pre-Sessional English and International Summer School courses

International students on our short-term English language or summer school programmes typically have a full day of orientation activities on their course start date. The International Relations Office will be in touch with more details about your welcome activities.

American University Mentorship Program in Bath

Your course team will be in touch with your full induction schedule.

Welcome activities

Find out more about what's on offer...

Course activities

Be sure to attend these essential sessions...

  • to be welcomed to your course
  • to meet members of staff and fellow students
  • to receive information about your Personal Tutor and how they can support you
  • to get an idea of what to expect in your first week of teaching
  • to learn about Minerva, our online Virtual Learning Environment 

Course related activities will be coded in blue on your Welcome Activities schedule.

Students' Union Freshers' Week

The Students' Union has an exciting week planned, packed with a wide variety of events to cater for everyone. Check out what's happening at the Students' Union, and be sure not to miss the Freshers' Week programme!

You will also be invited to an Introduction to the Students' Union talk. Learn about getting involved with the 'official voice of the students' from our dedicated SU representatives. Check your Welcome Activities schedule for details.

Adjusting to university life

You never know what life may throw your way. Attend this informative session which will highlight the positive ways to sustain and manage your mental health and wellbeing during your studies. Come along to find out more about our Student Support service.

An introduction to our Library services

This session offers an essential overview of the resources that you will need during your studies at Bath Spa University. Our Library staff will give you an introduction to the Library and its online resources, an overview of the services provided by the Writing and Learning Centre, and a brief introduction to Minerva, Bath Spa’s virtual learning environment.

Introduction to Mindfulness

It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of your first few days. Take a moment to reconnect with yourself and the world around you. There will be optional Introduction to Mindfulness sessions throughout the week. Check your Welcome Activities schedule for the session which suits you.

Quick Scan Screening

Curious about your learning style? Quick Scan is a short computerised screening test which helps to determine your learning style. It is designed to assess whether you show signs of Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, or any other Specific Learning Difficulties such as ADHD. This is an initial step to help determine if further screenings and assessments are required before any support arrangements or reasonable adjustments can be put in place to help you with your studies.

Say cheese! #hellobathspa

Be the envy of your friends and family by following our selfie trail around Bath Spa University’s beautiful campuses and the World Heritage Site city of Bath. Post your selfies using #hellobathspa on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and your photos will be showcased on the Bath Spa Media Wall in Commons, Newton Park. 

Wonkee Wednesday

Chill out in Main House and celebrate mental health with Wonkee Wednesday. Don't miss the bouncy castle, giant games, free mocktails and a whole lot of information about mental health.

We'll help you settle in

There's plenty of support available to help you settle into life at Bath Spa. Scroll through and familiarise yourself with some of our services.

There's so much to do in your first week

Don't forget to have fun, too! Welcome Week has so much to choose from. Whether you're into live music or tea parties, we've got you covered!

Don't miss...

Students' Union Activities Fair

Getting involved with the Students' Union's sports teams, societies and volunteer opportunities is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people from across the University, and to make friends doing what you enjoy. Come and find out more, and pick up a few freebies on the way.

Students' Union Commercial Fair

At our Students' Union Commercial Fair, make the most of the great deals to be had from local bars, restaurants and shops. Come along and grab lots of goodies!

Bath Spa Live

Take a look at upcoming performances from Bath Spa Live.  Across a range of different venues, Bath Spa Live promotes creativity and innovation by engaging students in the professional world of music and performing arts.

Food glorious food

If you're still working on your cooking skills, don't worry about going hungry! Bath Spa University offers a range of great food and places to eat so you’re sure to find something to your taste. Find out about our offers, events and menus on our Bath Spa Catering Facebook page.

Over Welcome Week, make the most of our BBQs, ice-cream van, food stalls, special offers, welcome tea parties and much more... Check your Welcome Activities schedules for more details.

Live music

Chill out to some live music while you grab a bite to eat at the Refectory, Newton Park. Check your Welcome Activities schedules for more details.

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