I am pleased to announce proposed changes to this September’s induction, designed to improve our welcome for undergraduate and PGT students. Drawing on good practice across the sector and consultation with the Students’ Union and academic departments, we will deliver a more engaging and active induction process. This will help students engage with their discipline and department from their first days at Bath, building a sense of ‘belonging’ which is critical to transition and success.

Key activities will include:

  • coordinated pre-arrival communications, including an improved induction website experience, practical tips, and clear information around what students should expect from University study
  • a “University life” session on Arrival Weekend, providing key safety messages, practical tips and introduction to the #NeverOK campaign
  • department welcome from Heads of Department or equivalent, as agreed within the department, to replace the large Founders Hall welcome on the Monday, allowing students to engage with their departments much earlier in the week
  • clear and engaging pre and post-arrival information and a campus activity tour to introduce students to the available support services (Library, Skills Centre, STV, Edge etc) replacing the Tuesday Central Services talks
  • an extended induction campaign from weeks 0-3, with themed weeks highlighting key information and services at appropriate times in the student journey, thus minimising information overload in Welcome Week

The aim is to give more freedom and flexibility to departments to deliver departmentally relevant information to new students during Welcome Week by removing the central activities which have traditionally taken place. This should ensure that information is more consistent and relevant, delivered at more useful times, and that duplication is minimised.

The Induction Operations Group, which has representation from departments and central services, will be working in the coming weeks to support these changes and provide guidance to assist departments in their delivery. If you have any questions about these changes, please contact Rob Heyes.

Central doctoral induction and guidance for departments/DTEs are coordinated by the Doctoral College; for further information, please contact the Doctoral Engagement Manager.