Heavy snow forecast – possible disruption to examinations

Message from Prof Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).

Heavy snow is forecast in the Bath area tomorrow (Friday 18 January).

It is therefore possible the University will not be able to function normally, and that examinations may be disrupted.

A decision on whether the University campus will have to close on Friday as a result of adverse weather conditions will be posted on the University internal and external website homepages by 7.30am on Friday 18 January. A message will also be added to @uniofbath Twitter feed and the University Facebook page

For those without web access, there will be a recorded message on 01225 383200 from 7.30am onwards.


The announcement at 7.30am will include information about examinations scheduled for Friday.  If the decision is that they should take place, they will all start 30 minutes later than previously scheduled, in order to allow staff and students extra time to arrive safely on campus.

This means that examinations previously due to start at 9.30am will now begin at 10.0am, those due to start at 1.00pm will now start at 1.30pm, and those due to start at 4.30pm will now start at 5.00pm.


If the 10.00am examination on Friday does not take place, then those scheduled for 1.30pm and 5.00pm will also not take place.  In the event that any examinations do not take place on Friday, further announcements will be made as soon as possible about replacement dates.  It is likely that any rescheduled examinations will take place at the beginning of Semester 2.

If the campus remains open for the 10.00am examination but the weather and traffic conditions continue to deteriorate, further announcements will be made about examinations later in the day. These announcements will be made by the following times:

  • 11.00am for the 1.30pm exams
  • 2.30pm for the 5.00pm exams

If the decision is that campus must close, the Library will remain open with self-service facilities available. Every effort will be made to ensure that the Fresh shop, the Sports Training Village (STV) and at least one catering outlet would remain open.  Further details will be announced on Friday if required.

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