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Providing quality education and student experience

How we've enhanced the student experience at Bath through our latest campaigns. Part of the Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20.

We've reviewed our Dignity and Respect, Student Discipline, and Student Complaint policies, working with stakeholders across the campus and listening to the student voice.

How do we shape the engineers, scientists, policy makers, social scientists, researchers, and leaders of the future? We are asking big questions to equip each of our students with the knowledge, skills, and vision to achieve impact throughout their careers.

Our student experience draws together our academic, pastoral, social and extracurricular provision, and is enriched through our excellent facilities and supportive staff.

New Vice-President for Student Experience

In July 2019, Dr Cassie Wilson was appointed Vice-President for Student Experience, a new role created to lead on delivering an holistic, ambitious and co-ordinated approach to enhancing the student experience.

As part of the role, Dr Wilson is responsible for supporting belonging and engagement across our diverse student body; safeguarding, protecting and supporting the wellbeing of our students; enhancing the employability of students and strengthening partnerships with the Students’ Union.

Since September she has worked closely with Professor Peter Lambert, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning & Teaching, to monitor and improve student satisfaction and ensure that the student voice is heard.

Dr Wilson said:

“With more students joining us with existing complex mental health conditions, along with the increasing financial, academic and emotional pressure on all students, it’s our duty to support our students as much as we can. Over the last year we’ve expanded our preventative mental health activities, along with additional training workshops for staff, complementing our existing advice line.”

Never OK campaign

We have been working with the Students’ Union and Student Services to improve the awareness around and reporting of all forms of harassment and misconduct, as part of our Never OK campaign.

This academic year we’ve also reviewed our Dignity and Respect, Student Discipline and Student Complaint policies, working with stakeholders across the campus and listening to the student voice. This has resulted in clearer guidance for students on what to expect and greater transparency in the processes, as well as improved systems for communicating with students.

In addition, we launched a Student Engagement audit, and have also developed an Access and Participation Plan to provide a more inclusive environment for our student community.

Belong at Bath

Initially launched as a social media engagement campaign for students joining us in 2018 to celebrate A level results day, #BelongAtBath has now evolved into a campus-wide identity, fostering a sense of community for students joining as well as those continuing their studies with us.

A new visual identity showcasing the diversity of our student community was adopted as a theme for the 2019 undergraduate prospectus, was promoted extensively across social media channels and featured on recruitment banners at UCAS fairs. The theme was also continued in the induction process for new students as they were welcomed onto campus, with signage and digital screens in accommodation and across the rest of campus.