Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person's liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

We are committed to ensuring our practices combat slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31st July 2016.

The University of Bath is a provider of educational and research services within the Higher Education sector. The University of Bath operates primarily from its city of Bath campus in the UK. We currently have c.16,500 students and c.3,000 staff. We have an annual turnover in 2015/16 of c.£260m.

The University is taking a number of steps to identify and mitigate the risks associated with modern slavery and human trafficking within our supply chains. Those steps include:

a) Conducting a risk assessment of our current supplier base to identify potential high risk supply chains.
b) Developing methods for identifying when proposed future suppliers, agents, or partners may operate within potentially high risk supply chains.
c) Working with relevant purchasing consortia to support their approach to tackling modern slavery within supply chains that are relevant to our purchasing profile.
d) Developing contractual clauses that require compliance with anti-slavery measures for new supplier, agents and partners where appropriate.
e) Continue to raise awareness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and an understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking to relevant members of staff.
f) Considering the impact of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 on our policies and processes.
g) Continue to ensure that whistle blowers are protected.

Diane Aderyn, Director of Finance and Commercial Services
Mark Humphriss, University Secretary