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Bath Spa University is innovative, enterprising and caring, with a reputation for teaching excellence that dates back 167 years to the Bath School of Art. Based in and around one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it offers a blend of historic campuses and modern facilities with a wide range of courses. Through its 3, 2, 1, Go! scheme, undergraduate students have the opportunity to receive a guaranteed place, a scholarship and a guaranteed offer of accommodation.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Rural
Rural

In or close to the countryside

Campus
Campus

The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site

Greenfield
Greenfield

Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: B20

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 79%
  • Postgraduate 21%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 90%
  • Part Time 10%

Where students come from

  • UK 92%
  • EU 3%
  • Other 5%

Student gender

  • Male 31%
  • Female 69%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The various campus libraries offer over 300,000 e-books and 25,000 academic e-journals in addition to print books, journals, music scores, CDs and DVDs.
  • The Writing and Learning Centre provides support with writing essays, reports, presentations, time management and exam preparation.
  • Several hundred networked computers (both PC and Macs) are available for student use, many within the libraries and the Commons building, as well as in other study locations.

Student jobs

  • Bath Spa's free Job Shop service helps students find good quality, fairly paid, part-time employment while at university, recognising that part-time work benefits students' employability and future career prospects.
  • The Job Shop advertises over 2,500 jobs every year – hundreds of them on campus – and works with over 460 local, national and international employers to bring students the best opportunities.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability team provides free sessions, workshops, online resources and regular industry events on campus (such as careers fairs and networking activities) to promote placement, internship and graduate opportunities from local, regional and national employers.
  • Bath Spa graduates are twice as likely to become their own boss when compared with graduates nationally. The university offers flexible one-to-one support to help students establish their entrepreneurial career, develop business skills and win funding for their bright ideas.
  • A designated Placements team provides students with support in sourcing valuable work experience – both short and long-term – and the Industry Mentor scheme offers the opportunity to be mentored by an industry professional.
  • Second year, third year and postgraduate students can take part the Bath Spa Award. This is a great way to demonstrate employability and professional skills to employers. First years can take part in the Head Start Award, designed to help students make the most of their first year, settle into university life, and explore future options.

Health services

  • At Newton Park, a University Medical Service is provided every weekday during term time​; this includes GP and nurse appointments on campus.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Student Support provides students with access to mental health practitioners, counsellors and well-being advisers, both in the university and externally.
  • Mind Your Head is a daily drop-in service where students can talk to a mental health practitioner.
  • Services that can be provided or sourced by the university include: longer term counselling, short-term therapy, CBT, accredited mindfulness courses, stress management workshops and free access to Big White Wall, a 24/7 digital well-being platform.

Disability support

  • There's a summer 'Transition to University' residential for applicants on autism spectrum, and an early induction event called 'Get Started' for students who identify as disabled.
  • Accessibility Advisors work with students from the point of application to ensure all academic access requirements are considered.
  • All students can access a free diagnostic assessment for specific learning differences including dyslexia, and Bath Spa has a range of measures in place to ensure that the university provides an inclusive learning, teaching and living environment.

Other services and facilities

  • The university's Peer Mentors are second and third year students who support incoming students with new situations. They answer queries and help new students to settle in.
  • Full time undergraduate students starting their first year at Bath Spa University can apply for the Global Citizenship award. They’ll study alongside their degree, gain global awareness, and add an international dimension to the student experience. On successful completion of the programme, students will gain a Certificate in Global Citizenship.
  • Specialist course facilities include some of the best resources for digital media courses in the South West, with two multi-camera TV studios, blue and green screen capability, HD and 4K-capable editing suites, dubbing theatres, a digital cinema and studio gallery, based in the Commons building at Newton Park campus. Art and design students will benefit from modern teaching facilities, practical workshops and studios, a gallery space, as well as a café and art shop, with the opening of the new Locksbrook Road site in 2019.

Students' Union

  • Bath Spa's Students' Union exists to help students get involved, make friends, and have their voices heard across the university. The Students' Union is run by elected student representatives, for all students. Societies, support and advice, events, activities and volunteering opportunities are available through the SU.
  • The union has been named in the National Centre for Diversity's list of the Top 100 organisations in the UK for its work to advance equality, diversity and inclusion for the past three years – winning the award for Students' Union of the year in 2017 and 2018.
  • The facilities (bar and kitchen, gym, and The Union Shop) run on a not-for-profit basis, with any income being put back into the union to make it better for students.

History

  • The university's roots can be traced back to 1852 when Bath School of Art was founded. The two Bath-based campuses began as teacher training institutions in the 1940s. Both colleges were highly regarded, beginning Bath Spa University's long-standing reputation for training high-quality professionals.
  • Newton Park's Grade 1 listed Main House building is set in Capability Brown gardens and leased from the Prince of Wales. There's also a castle tower that dates back to the thirteenth century.
  • In 2014, Bath Spa University unveiled its new Commons building at Newton Park campus, providing state-of-the-art facilities for a range of courses.

Fascinating Fact

  • Mary Berry, the well-known food writer and television presenter, studied at the Bath College of Domestic Science – now a part of Bath Spa University. She is also president of the Bath Spa University Alumni Association.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Axel Scheffler – artist and illustrator of The Gruffalo.
  • Dame Anita Roddick – Body Shop founder, activist and campaigner.
  • Jason Gardener – Olympic champion.
  • Serena Guthrie - England Netball Commonwealth gold medallist.
  • Mary Berry – television presenter and food writer.
  • Mr Bingo – illustrator, artist and speaker.
  • Roger Deakins – Oscar-winning cinematographer.
  • Salima Hashmi – artist and human rights activist.
  • Sean Gregory – composer, performer and creative producer.
  • Sir Howard Hodgkin – Turner Prize-winning artist.

Address

Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, BA2 9BN