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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!

Please select the appropriate Welcome Week schedule from the options below.

Just a reminder to art and design students that your induction activities and first week of teaching will be at Sion Hill; you’ll have access to Locksbrook Campus from Monday 7 October.

Induction dates

Get Started programme

Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 September 2019

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 23 – Friday 27 September 2019

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 (Hons) Education (year three top-up)

Wednesday 18 September 2019

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

Undergraduate – returning students

Welcome Week

Wednesday 25 – Friday 27 September 2019

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

Starting at Newton Park, Bath School of Art, Bath School of 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 – Corsham Court
    Wednesday 25 September 2019

  • MA/MSc – Newton Park
    Friday 27 September 2019

  • MA – Art and Design
    Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 September 2019

  • Postgraduate Certificate – Professional Practice in Higher Education
    Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.

  • MA Educational Leadership (Teach First)
    Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.

Studying on a distance learning course? Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities you may have.

Unable to attend your induction day? Please notify your Course Leader.

Postgraduate – returning students

Your course team will be in touch if you're 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 Summer Institute
    Teach First staff will be in touch with your full induction schedule for Sunday 23 June.

  • MA Educational Leadership (Teach First)
    Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities.
  • 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 for Monday 2 September.

    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 Bath Spa Welcome Activities schedule becomes available.

    Circomedia (BA Contemporary Circus and Physical Theatre)
    You're not required to attend a Bath Spa induction. Your course team will be in touch about any induction activities at Circomedia.

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

  • University Centre Weston
  • New College Swindon
  • Bath College
  • Bristol College
  • The Brighton Academy
  • Best Practice Network (BPN) SENCo
  • Boomsatsuma
  • Ballet West
  • Future Education World (UAE)
  • ESART (Spain)
  • Training Vision Institute (Singapore)
  • Cornwall College
  • UK College of Business and Computing (UKCBC)

PhD / Distance Learning courses

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

International students

International Induction Day (September 2019 starters)

Friday 20 September 2019

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 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

With lots of activities taking place across our different campuses, find out more about getting around. Here's a taster of what's on offer during Welcome Week 2019...

Course activities

Be sure to attend these essential sessions:

  • Be welcomed to your course
  • Meet members of staff and fellow students
  • Receive information about your Personal Tutor and how they can support you
  • Get an idea of what to expect in your first week of teaching
  • Learn about Minerva, our online Virtual Learning Environment.

Course related activities will be coded in blue on your Welcome Activities schedule, which is available in early September.

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'll also be invited to an Introduction to the Students' Union talk. Learn about getting involved with the 'official' voice of Bath Spa students, from our dedicated SU representatives. Check your Welcome Activities schedule, available in early September, for details.

Five things you need to know about Student Wellbeing Services

Starting university is hugely exciting – you're likely to have freedoms and experiences you've never had before. Being at university can raise some unique challenges: adjusting to new routines, developing new networks, managing new academic expectations and living independently.

Designed to give an introduction to Student Wellbeing Services, this session explains what is available to you, how you can access it and how we can enable you to succeed during your studies.

An introduction to our Library services

This session offers an essential overview of the resources that you'll need during your studies at Bath Spa. 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. This session will help you take a moment to reconnect with yourself and the world around you.

There will also be optional Introduction to Mindfulness sessions throughout the week. Check your Welcome Activities schedule for the session that suits you.

Quick scan screening

Curious about your learning style? Quick Scan is a short computerised screening test that helps 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 city of Bath. Post your selfies using #hellobathspa on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and your photos will be showcased on the Bath Spa MediaWall in Commons, at our Newton Park campus. 

Art and Design Welcome Week schedules (new students)

Just a reminder to art and design students that this year, your Welcome Week and first week induction activities will be delivered at our Sion Hill campus. You’ll have access to the new Locksbrook campus building from Monday 7 October.

Welcome Week schedules for new students can be found below. Returning students will be contacted shortly.

BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice, BA (Hons) Education and Art, and BA (Hons) Creative Arts Practice and Creative Writing

There will be a free shuttle bus for all students between Sion Hill and Newton Park.

BA (Hons) Textile Design for Fashion and Interiors

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.

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

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