Many congratulations on securing your place to study at the University of Bath; I wish you continued success during your time with us.

As Director of Studies (DoS), responsible for the academic and operational management of the BA Sport & Social Sciences programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department for Health. Below you will find some information about the induction programme that has been arranged for you.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week runs from Monday 24 September to Sunday 30 September. On Monday 24 September you will have an introductory meeting with all new students in the Department. This will give you the opportunity to meet fellow students, find out more about the course, ask questions, and to get to know the staff.

Support available in your Department

Although exciting, many students find that the transition to study at a new institution can be challenging. We are here to support you so please let us know if you are having any difficulties or have any concerns and we will do our very best to assist you through this transitional period. You can contact your Director of Studies, Dr Brad Millington (b.millington@bath.ac.uk) or Programme Administrator, Mrs Lucy Gaffney (l.m.gaffney@bath.ac.uk).

All incoming students will also be allocated a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for providing pastoral and academic support. You will also have a Peer Mentor who is a current student in the Department and will be able to share experiences with you, and answer any questions you may have about being a student here at Bath. You will have an opportunity to meet both your Personal Tutor and Peer Mentor during Welcome Week.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

There is no formal requirement for pre-arrival reading. However, should you wish to start familiarising yourself with the type of content that will be covered during your studies, please search for any or all of the following academic journals, and have a look at some of the article titles and abstracts they feature:

  • International Review for the Sociology of Sport
  • Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Journal of Sport Management
  • Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health
  • Sport, Education and Society

Once again, looking at these journals ahead of time is optional.

Choosing your optional units

You may wish to look at the Programme Catalogues online before you arrive, so you can see the units available on your programme (please click on ‘2018/19 index’, then ‘Health’, then on one of the two links under ‘Sport & Social Sciences’). Year One units are the same for all students. In later years on the course you will be able to choose option units in study areas that interest you.

You can find more information about Welcome Week and things you can do in preparation for your arrival at Bath. These pages will be updated as the time draws closer to Welcome Week (particularly during September). Therefore, please do continue to visit these pages ahead of your arrival.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

With very best wishes,

Dr. Brad Millington
Senior Lecturer
Director of Studies for BA Sport & Social Sciences
Department for Health
University of Bath