Community – Bath Spa University

Community

Welcome to our community

Bath Spa is more than just a place to study; it’s about making, creating, thinking and doing. It’s about bumping into friends on campus, embracing challenges and genuinely caring. It's where we push boundaries – as well as ourselves – and it's a community that you'll be part of long after you graduate, as one of our alumni.

Spa speak

Know your SID from your SU and your VLE...

Fieldwork

Some courses include fieldwork, which is research and data collection in the real world. For example, Geography students have so far conducted research in the English Lake District, South Wales, Spain and India.

Lectures vs. seminars

Students often assume that they'll be taught in big groups in lecture theatres – and that's true! You'll also have seminars which are smaller groups, similar to classes in school or college. Seminars provide an opportunity for you to discuss in greater detail with your tutors and peers the material that you've been taught in a lecture. It's a chance to ask questions, explore ideas in depth, or even argue about new topics!

Modules

Modules are the individual components, like building blocks, that make up your course. Each module has a specific 'credit point value'. Modules are considered 'core', 'required' or 'optional' for any given course, so you have some flexibility in tailoring the course content to your particular interests.

Minerva

Minerva is the name for our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), your digital home while you’re at Bath Spa. Minerva is also the Roman Goddess of Wisdom, who has a strong association with Bath. She's also known as Athena Minerva and you'll find her bust if you visit the Roman Baths in the city centre. 

Practicals

This will depend on your specific course but relates to learning and then demonstrating the skills and experience you have gained in a practical way.

SID

This is the Student Information Team (previously known as Student Information Desk/ SID). It's your 'one-stop-shop' for information, support and advice. Once you have access to Apollo Self-service, please use this to log a call. Otherwise, you can call or email the team on +44(0)1225 876115 and studentinfo@bathspa.ac.uk.

Students' Union

Led by students, for students, the Students' Union is an independent charity which represents all Bath Spa students. Your SU ensures your voice is heard as well as providing lots of opportunities for you to make the most of your University experience. Head to the SU website to find out more.

VLE

Virtual Learning Environment (see 'Minerva').

Workshops

Workshops provide you with the opportunity to collaborate on a project, sometimes with guidance from a visiting industry expert. You may also be called on to provide critical analysis and feedback when reviewing the work of your peers.

Who's who at Bath Spa?

You might not ever need to contact some of these people, but it's good to know who's who and what they do...

Chancellor

The Chancellor performs Ceremonial duties for the University. You'll likely be handed your degree diploma by this person at your Graduation day.

Vice-Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is like the CEO of an organisation and is the most senior executive role within the University. Our Vice-Chancellor is Professor Sue Rigby

Postgraduate (PG)

Postgraduate (PG) students are those studying at Master's level including PGCert or researching for a PhD/Doctorate. The home campus for postgraduate students is Corsham Court. 

Undergraduate (UG)

Undergraduate students are typically studying a Bachelor's degree (BA or BSc). The home campus for undergraduate students will depend on the course you're studying, and you'll likely use more than one.

Course Leader

The academic member of staff who designs and manages the course, making decisions on modules, placements and so on.

Lecturer

You'll have most contact in your course with Lecturers and Tutors (see below) who, like teachers at school or college, facilitate the learning, set and mark your assignments, and support you with your studies.

Personal Tutor

An academic member of staff who meets students in their first weeks at Bath Spa and becomes an academic and pastoral point of contact for the rest of the first year.

Course representatives

Student volunteers who gather feedback from their peers, present it to academic staff, and work as part of the Students' Union to make change. Course reps are really important in making sure that the student voice is heard when decisions are made about your course. Your course staff and the SU will invite those interested to sign up for this role in the coming weeks. For more information, email su-academicreps@bathspa.ac.uk.

Your Students' Union

The Students' Union is a registered charity, independent of the University, which represents all Bath Spa students. It's led by students, for students – and you automatically become a member for free when you enrol (although you can opt out). Want to lead a campaign, join a club or society, meet new people or make a change on campus? Follow the SU on social media: @bathspasu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Advice Centre

The SU Advice Centre provides independent, confidential advice and support on a range of issues including academic matters, sexual health, housing and general wellbeing. If you have a concern or you just want a chat, contact us via email: su-advice@bathspa.ac.uk.

Bar and shop

The SU Bar on Newton Park campus offers space to study and socialise; it’s a great place to unwind. The SU Shop is right next to the bar and offers a range of snacks, drinks, groceries and stationery – it's also where you can buy a Bath Spa University hoodie! Please check the latest opening times.

Opportunities

Your Students' Union provides loads of opportunities for you to make the most of your time at Bath Spa. From volunteering as a course rep to joining a club or society to developing a campaign or fundraising idea, there are lots of ways for you to make friends and develop your skills. More information can be found on the SU website.

Sabbatical Officers (Sabbs)

Your Students' Union is led by a team of four Sabbatical Officers, who are full-time student representatives voted for annually by the student body. They work closely with the University, the local community and the National Union of Students (NUS) to represent you and your interests. Head over to the SU website to get to know your Sabbs – there you’ll find contact details for all your elected representatives, their areas of work and how to get involved.

Join a club or society

Run by students, clubs and societies are a great way to meet like-minded people and make friends outside of your course. There are over 70, and if your passion isn't represented, you can set up your own!

Clubs and societies

Volunteering and fundraising

Are you passionate about good causes? Do you want to make a difference or gain some valuable experience to boost your CV? If you want to get involved or have an idea you’d like to develop, the SU has a range of support and opportunities available.

Activities and opportunities

TOTUM membership

TOTUM is official proof of age ID

Your Students' Union also offers you the opportunity to access loads of student discounts. Membership of TOTUM will give you over 250 discounts online and in store, including food, fashion, technology and music as well as a PASS proof of age ID. Once you enrol and have your University email address, you'll be able to purchase a TOTUM membership. If you sign up for two years, you'll get another year for free! With the free TOTUM app, you can find great savings and offers from brands hand-picked for students – straight to your phone.

Nourishing food in beautiful locations

We have a range of great food and dining facilities on campus, so you’re sure to find something you like. 

Our opening hours vary, so please check our Facebook or Instagram for up-to-date information.

Our Meet + Drink + Eat app allows you to order food and other grocery essentials from your phone for delivery or collection across our Newton Park campus. Search 'Bath Spa University' in your app store to download for free.

Student bloggers

Surviving university

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Elisha shares her advice that she wishes she'd had as an overwhelmed first year student.

Sustainable student fashion

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Sophie shares her tips on how to have a more sustainable wardrobe as a student.

Money management

Masthead

Georgia shares her top tips on figuring out your finances during your time at Bath Spa.

International experience

Red telephone box with plants inside.

Sophie shares her experience of living in Bath as an international student during a pandemic.

Commuter hacks

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Georgia shares her tips for commuting students at Bath Spa.

Places in Bath

Charley shares her favourite places to visit in Bath city centre.

Mature students

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Kelly shares her experience on what it's like as a mature student at university.

Postgrad trailblazers

Front of Corsham Town Hall with people sat outside

Marnie describes the joy of friendships and shared passions.

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