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 FdSc Sports Performance 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, James Fern (j.fern@bath.ac.uk) or Programme Administrator, Lucy Gaffney (hss-sportsperformance@bath.ac.uk) for support.

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

We’ve put together some suggested texts to help you to read around the area of Sports Performance before you commence your studies with us.

  • Farrow, D., Baker, J. and MacMahon, C., eds., 2013. Developing sport expertise: Researcher and coaches put theory into practice. 2nd ed. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Jones, R, L. and Kingston, K., 2013. An introduction to sports coaching. Connecting theory to practice 2nd ed. London: Routledge
  • McArdle, W.D., Katch, F.I. and Katch, V.L., 2014. Exercise physiology: energy, nutrition and human performance. 8th ed. London: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
  • Smith, M.F., 2010. Research methods in sport. Exeter: Learning Matters.

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.

You can also keep up to date with Sports Performance developments on our twitter page @SportsPBath, please do give us a follow!

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,

James Fern
Director of Studies for Sports Performance
Department for Health
University of Bath