Bumper crop of students receive Bath Award

Sixty students are celebrating their extra-curricular achievements following a special ceremony on campus on Thursday.

ceremony2This is the largest number of students who have completed and passed the Bath Award, a special Award which recognises achievements made alongside their studies, such as charity work, work experience and volunteering.

The Award, which is managed by the Students’ Union on behalf of the University, gives students the chance to showcase to potential employers the skills they have learnt through both paid and unpaid work to make their job applications stronger.

To achieve the Award, the students must complete at least 100 hours of extra-curricular activity and meet standards in key skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, commercial awareness and problem solving. Achieving the award features on the students’ degree transcripts which go to employers when they apply for jobs and is an important way to demonstrate the extra skills they can bring.

Prof Bernie MorleyThe awards were presented by Professor Bernie Morley, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching (pictured right). He said: “Nowadays, just getting a good degree is no longer enough to guarantee students the job they want, particularly in the current economic environment. Employers are looking for more and the Bath Award, which help students demonstrate the skills needed in the job market, is an ideal addition to the armoury of any prospective job candidate."

Sophie Field(Pictured left) Sophie Field, who studied for a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, spoke at the ceremony about why she had taken part in the award scheme. “In my final year I started to seriously consider what to do with my future. I decided to apply to management consultancy graduate programmes and quickly learnt how competitive they are! When it came to job interviews I found the answers to all their questions just rolled straight out of my mouth because of all the work I’d done for the Award. Without it, I wouldn’t have realised the massive amount of help the University offers to increase your employability.”

The Bath Award is supported by Santander Universities Global Division. Santander Universities Relations Manager Nick Butler was also at the ceremony on campus to see the certificates being presented.

He said: "In just five years The Bath Awards has become one of the highlights of the academic year at the University of Bath. At Santander Universities we firmly believed from the beginning in the need to reward students for their extra-curricular activities. Today we feel really proud of supporting all these brilliant students who, scraping some spare time off their busy academic agendas, go that extra mile to support their communities."

Bath Award Co-ordinator Samantha Chaffey said: “It is a privilege to run an Award scheme that teaches students how to realise their full potential and clearly makes such a significant difference to the students’ lives. I am constantly impressed by the dedication, commitment and passion that the students demonstrate through their extra-curricular activities.

“I cannot rate highly enough the level of support I have received from our dedicated team of assessors over the last five years. I’m so thankful and appreciative of the commitment and dedication shown by the team and the Bath Award scheme just would not run smoothly without them. In the future I hope that with further resource for the Bath Award, the team of assessors can come together more regularly to share good practice and experiences.”

Staff assessorsA team of Bath Award assessors was established in 2009 during the pilot year of the Bath Award and has continued to grow ever since. Assessors are drawn from across the University, including academic departments and faculties, Students’ Union, the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office and the Careers Advisory Service.

Assessors are fully trained on all aspects of the Bath Award scheme and are provided with opportunities to receive feedback on their marking and to provide their own feedback on the Award scheme itself.  The current team of Assessors include Caroline Baldwin, Anna Boneham, Sue Briault, Gemma Bridges, Alan Bunch, Samantha Chaffey, Josephine Cutts, Jos Darling, Ghislaine Dell, Bridgette Duncombe, Christine Edmead, Becky Gallagher, Catherine Haines, Kate Hamilton, Diane Hay, Laura Lawrence, Julie Letchford, Gary Mathlin, Nitin Parmar, Eliza Shaw, Sarah Stead and Edward Stevens.

The team of assessors is made up of two parts, with staff in the Careers Advisory Service marking students’ CVs and employability evidence, with all other assessors marking students’ evidence in the areas of teamwork, communication, leadership, commercial awareness and problem-solving.

Any staff interested in joining the team of Bath Award assessors should email Samantha Chaffey, Bath Award Co-ordinator at s.chaffey@bath.ac.uk. For more information about the Bath Award, visit www.bathstudent.com/bathaward.

The Bath Award has been supported by Santander Universities Global Division for the last five years.

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