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 BSc (Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies programme, I’d like to take this opportunity to personally welcome you to the University and to the Department of Social and Policy Sciences. 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. As a new student you will be assigned a Personal Tutor, who will be responsible for your pastoral and academic care. You will also have a Peer Mentor who is a current student of the University and who will be able to share their experience and answer any questions you may have about being a student here in Bath. You will have an opportunity to meet both your Personal Tutor and your Peer Mentor during Welcome Week.

Department pre-arrival information

Pre-arrival reading

We’ve put together some suggested texts to help you to read around the area of Social Work and your core units which you will take in your first year, before you commence your studies with us:

  • Coulshed, V. and Orme, J. (2012) Social work Practice. (5th ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Koprowska, J. (2014) Communication and Interpersonal Skills in Social Work. (4th ed.). Exeter. Learning Matters.
  • Thompson, N. (2015) Understanding Social Work, Preparing for practice. (4th ed.). Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Wilson, K, Ruch, G, Lymberry, M and Cooper, A. (2011) Social Work. An Introduction to Contemporary Practice (2nd ed.). London: Pearson Longman.

Please note that these texts are only a recommendation and you are not required to purchase or read the full list.

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.

Please do not hesitate to contact Emma Tarbuck, UG Programme Administrator (hss-socialwork@bath.ac.uk) if you have any course related queries.

I very much look forward to meeting you at the end of September.

With very best wishes,

Justin Rogers
Director of Studies for Social Work and Applied Social Studies
Department of Social and Policy Sciences
University of Bath