Welcome pages

Welcome

Welcome – and welcome back!

If you're a new student, we're delighted to welcome you to the Bath Spa community. If you're a returning student, we're so pleased to welcome you back. No matter where you are in your student journey, this is the start of a new adventure. These pages include tips on getting started and useful information to read before you arrive.

Vice-Chancellor professor Sue Rigby at Locksbrook CampusI want to welcome you to Bath Spa, and to this section of the website, which is designed to help you get settled, answer some of your questions, and point you in the direction of the teams and resources that can help you. 

A university is the sum of its students and staff, and so much more – it is a community of learners and a place to grow. Your talent and skills make Bath Spa University what it is, and ensuring that you flourish is vitally important to all of us – your tutors and professional services teams alike – who work to support you at Bath Spa.

We offer a toolkit for the unknown, and a way to thrive in your professional life. Each new academic year is the start of a new journey; this is where you begin that journey with us.

Professor Sue Rigby
Vice-Chancellor

Coronavirus information

Over the summer, we've been reviewing and adapting all teaching rooms across the campuses to adjust them for the required social distancing, and our Estates team has been working through a number of adaptations to our facilities more generally, including adding hand sanitiser stations at entrances and throughout buildings, and creating one-way systems for all buildings and signage to direct people. Find out more.

Changes to course delivery

We've made changes to some of the modules on offer so that we can better adapt to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic; these are linked from each individual course web page. Change forms for undergraduate, postgraduate and partner courses are available online. Please email covid@bathspa.ac.uk if you have any questions. 

Our Community Pledge

The global coronavirus pandemic means that now, more than ever, we need to work to support each other, to behave appropriately and with consideration. Learn about our Community Pledge.

Community matters

We have published a joint open letter with the University of Bath addressed to all students returning to the city. We all have a vital role to play in helping to keep our communities safe and playing our part as responsible citizens. Read the letter.

Face coverings

You're required to wear a face covering when you are inside buildings on campus and cannot maintain a two metre distance between yourself and another person. You're not required to wear a face covering if you are:

  • Outside and at a distance of two or more metres.
  • Inside working alone behind a Perspex screen.
  • Inside working alone in a single occupancy room.
  • Inside working in a shared space with others, but able to keep 2 metres apart. However, you must wear a face covering if you are passing through a shared space. 
  • Inside with other members of your household.

If you're unable to wear a face covering because of a medical condition, disability or trauma, we invite you to wear an orange lanyard to signal to others that you're not required to wear a face covering. You can collect a lanyard from reception desk areas across campuses as well as the Students’ Union and security lodge at Newton Park. You can also request one by emailing studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk.

Meeting with others safely

From Monday 14 September, no social gathering of more than 6 people will be permitted either inside or outside, unless you are taking part in an organised sports activity. It is important that you observe this rule at all times as we have a responsibility not only to our own health, but to those around us in our community. This does not apply to teaching and learning on campus which will continue as planned.

Staying safe on campus

There are a number of ways to keep yourself and others safe whilst on campus. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the steps outlined in our video and follow these guidelines whilst on campus.

COVID-19 FAQs

We understand the uncertainty that the coronavirus pandemic has created, and we're doing all we can to make sure that you have the best experience possible, while ensuring the health and safety of all. Read our FAQs.

University accommodation move in

If you're moving into University accommodation, you will have been invited to move in from Thursday 17 - Sunday 20 September. The Accommodation team will have shared important information with you over email, but here is a reminder:

  • On arrival, you will be greeted by a member of staff and given your room key.
  • At Newton Park Campus, there will be catering outlets open serving hot and cold food, as well as free tea and coffee available. There are water stations available, but please bring your own water bottle.
  • At Green Park House, Waterside Court and Charlton Court, you will have access to Bath City Centre to explore and grab something to eat or drink with any parents or supporters dropping you off.
  • Please remember we require all students, staff and visitors to wear a face covering when you are inside buildings on campus, unless you are unable to because of a medical condition, disability or trauma. You should also maintain an appropriate social distance, both inside buildings and outside on campus.
  • For IT, Accommodation, Registration or any other queries please either visit the Commons Building at Newton Park Campus over the four days, or email mycourse@bathspa.ac.uk and someone will be able to help.

ID card collection

Students at Green Park House Halls of Residence can collect their ID cards from Green Park House reception.

All other students can collect their ID cards from the campus where their course is based, at the times below. If you're on a combined course across different campuses, please pick up your ID card from Newton Park.

  • Newton Park, Commons atrium
    Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September, 10.00am to 3.00pm
    Friday 25 September, 10.00am to 12.00pm

After Welcome Week, all Newton Park ID cards will be available for collection from the Vinery.

  • Locksbrook Reception (if your course is based at Sion Hill, please also collect your card from here)
    Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September, 10.00am to 3.00pm
    Friday 25 September, 10.00am to 12.00pm

After Welcome Week, and remaining ID cards can be picked up from reception.

  • Corsham Court
    Monday 21 to Thursday 24 September, 10.00am to 3.00pm
    Friday 25 September, 10.00am to 12.00pm

After Welcome Week, and remaining ID cards can be picked up from reception.

  • Distance Learners - Students studying on a distance learning course will receive their ID card through the post.
  • Partner Institution - ID cards will be posted to our partner institutions for further distribution.

Key dates

You'll be contacted in early September when online registration and enrolment open for your course. You can find out more about what's in store for your first week on our Welcome activities page.

Online registration opens Early September
Welcome Week schedule sent to you  Early September
International self-isolating students move into accommodation 2 September
International Orientation Day (new students)  18 September (online)
General move into accommodation 17-20 September
Returning students receive timetables Ahead of w/c 21 September
Postgraduate induction day 22 September (online)
Welcome Week  21-25 September
Module selections  21-23 September 
New students receive timetables 25 September

Online Registration and Welcome Week

During Registration, new students enrol online, arrive and move into University accommodation. Returning students enrol online for this year with us.

It also kicks off Welcome Week – a week of activities designed to help you meet new friends, settle in, join a club or society, find your way around and start your university journey. And it doesn't stop there – you can also get involved with Welcome Month from the Students' Union!

You'll receive more information about how to register before you get here, but you can read ahead in the Registration and Enrolment section of the website if you need more information. 

More about our locations

Click to take a virtual tour of our campuses

Useful links and contacts

Remember, if you can't find what you're looking for, just use the search function at the top right of your screen.

Relevant policies

Policies relevant to students are located in the Policies section of our website under the policy theme 'Academic and Student'. There you'll find detailed documentation such as:

  • The Undergraduate Academic Framework
  • Student Guide to the Academic Framework
  • Academic and Student Regulations
  • Policies about assessment, appeals, attendance, engagement and behaviour.

Reading these policies before you arrive will ensure that you're aware of your rights and also our expectations. 

Visit the Policies section.

Accommodation

Careers

Bath Spa Careers

Employment

Emergencies

  • UK emergency (ambulance, police, fire and rescue): 999
  • Non emergency medical number: 111
  • Non emergency incident number: 101

Finance

Student Fees

Tuition fees, tuition loans and payment options:

Student Funding

Funding, bursaries and scholarships, and international funding:

Student Payments

How to pay fees, instalment dates, and how to update card details:

International Compliance

Immigration advice

Immigration status

IT Service Desk

Medical Service

  • +44(0)1225 331616

Security

  • +44(0)1225 875555 Newton Park and Locksbrook Campus
  • +44(0)1225 875533 Sion Hill
  • +44(0)7747 898085 Mobile

Student Information Desk (SiD)

Students’ Union

University Switchboard

  • +44(0)1225 875875

Writing and Learning Centre

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