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Bath Spa University is based over two main campuses, the largest of which is Newton Park. The university offers programmes in the arts, creativity and humanities as well as science and social science and due to its impressive reputation and success, is experiencing rapid growth with an increase of more than 40% in applications in recent years. Quality of teaching is very important to the university and is an area that is constantly advancing through informed research and creative teaching methods. In 2012 the university achieved a rating of 86% in the area of student satisfaction with teaching.
The Students' Union at Bath Spa University is very active and the social hub for student life. The main venue 'barspa' is at Newton Park and hosts plenty of events such as ‘SU Next Tuesday’, winter and summer balls, comedy nights and talent evenings, plus it opens in the day as a friendly café, bar and restaurant. There are more than 30 societies to get involved with from debating, Hip Hop and Samba to amnesty, board sports and poetry. Student media includes radio station, 'SpaLifeRadio', 'SpaLife' magazine and TV station. It's a great way to meet new friends, gain new skills and experience of the media industry. Volunteering is also a great way to enhance your student experience and at the same time benefit others. The Students' Union offers taster days and more regular projects for those that really want to get stuck in. Past projects include volunteering for a local charity, doing crafts with children, making survival packs for countries in need and running campaigns such as 'healthy eating' or 'eco awareness'.
The City of Bath is a city that boosts the best of everything. Award winning restaurants, cafés, a cinema, live music, pubs, nightclubs, Georgian architecture, plenty of shopping, festivals such as the Film Festival and Music Festival, markets, Roman Baths and is within easy reach of Bristol and London.
For those students interested in sport, Bath Rugby Club, Football Club and Races are all nearby. On campus there is a gym, fitness suite, football and rugby pitches, plus plenty of sports clubs and local facilities to make use of.
Well-known alumni of Bath Spa University include; Food writer and presenter Mary Berry, Shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, Turner Prize winning artists Sir Howard Hodgkin and Glenn Brown, businesswoman Anita Roddick, Olympic Gold medal winner Jason Gardener and TV presenter Kate Garraway.
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A potentially great Uni let down by poor logistics and communication. You can never get a clear answer from staff on university related issues or policy, and its constant expansion is putting strain on the universities infrastructure, which was not great to begin with. Societies and clubs are also somewhat flat, as their creators are not given a lot of support from the university nor are they encourage or given the facilities needed to flourish, leading to drinking becoming the only source of entertainment for many, Some subjects are also worthless and bring down the calibre of the university, key examples of this being: Dance, Theatre production and performance. All of which are not really subjects that can be tackled properly in a university setting, nor do they belong in such a setting. Finally however, the university does have some amazing academics and a strong performance in academic studies in the areas of History and philosophy and English literature.
Beautiful campus and nature. Huge problem is with people who are just terrible. Professors as well as students. Unhelpful, weird and arrogant. Terrible people. Professors don't help at all but adore to give you fail. You gain nothing from knowledge.
Beautiful university, just shambolic in its organisation of course content and is generally unhelpful with regards to the financial struggle of being a student in a city with London prices, except you don't get the benefit of extra money like London students do. They should offer far more than an automated e-mail saying "get a job" like ?? As if I hadn't thought of such a genius idea. -.-
Campus is absolutely stunning and most of the facilities are great and well maintained, but I do wish there were more readily available music spaces, as they can get booked up very quickly. There are a good selection of various clubs and socieities here. The SU building bar and shop are great, but some of the shop products are a little pricey. Wifi can be hard to get in the SU and up by Gardens.
The wifi and phone signal here are appalling... Eduroam will disappear in the middle of you loading a page and you are lucky if you get service on your phone long enough to send a text to your mum! Apart from that the campus is stunning! One of the most beautiful places I've been!
Very over priced the food and drinks on campus which I think is disgusting considering we're students why are we being overcharged? Also students Union needs to be extended or made bigger somehow can't facilitate many at the moment.
Newton is SO beautiful but the SU isn't great and is so far away for us living off campus. I joined Netball team but never got to play as too many members which is disappointing. Careers service has excellent presence, giving talks in lectures etc. but the Wifi took me weeks to figure out!!
Amazing university. Everyone is friendly and the teaching staff are brilliant! It's become a home away from home for me and I couldn't have asked for a better university experience - can't wait to restart my education with a PGCE beginning in September
Bath Spa University has changed my life completely, staff and students are very warming and being an international student coming from far away this was something that scared me, but in Bath Spa i felt welcomed and part of a big community from day 1
Bath Spa was an amazing and unforgettable experience. The size of the uni and the town is a real plus, as you are kept as an single individual. Campus is beautiful, safe, and welcoming. Halls allow you to socialise with everyone easily.
Bath spa is a beautiful uni and Campus and has been an amazing place to study so far I'm looking forward to starting my second year as the history department have done nothing but guide and support me Through my first year, I absolutely love it here and recommend to everyone !
Bath Spa University, what a surprise! I study at Sion Hill (the art and design campus) and the facilities are incredible. For me stuff like clubs and opportunities are pretty unnecessary and the students union I don't really feel has any true impact on any university, it just gives students an unnecessary sense of self importance. Due to that I won't be having any input on reviewing those aspects of the university. However the facilities, opportunities and access points I believe are critical for discussion. Sion Hill has amazing facilities which although rather expensive to use, offer much more than any other university in the UK you could attend. Five storeys of incredible workshops, studio spaces and inspiring gallery areas really makes this university an incredible place to study any art and design course at.
Administration is terrible and little time devoted to one on one feedback. Tutors not easy to get hold of and difficult to get meetings with. Money spent on new buildings and halls with major disruption on campus throughout the year.
It maybe a beautiful campus but don't let that fool you. In a few years, maybe, but as for right now spa is nothing more than a glorified college, a sub standard university with mediocre facilities and an incredibly poor faculty of staff across the board. The societies are fun but provide no investment in success and the university is heavily against sport participation by being one of the only universities who don't support the Wednesday afternoon sport policies. From a social point of view Bath is okay, the SU is one of the poorest in the country and the night life isn't spectacular, from an academic point of view Bath Spa offers very little.
Bath spa university is genuinely one of the best universities in my opinion especially as a student studying a creative degree. The main campus Newton Park is beautiful and such an amazing place study. It is cut off from the city of Bath and this makes it perfect for quiet studying, and tranquil walks to reduce creativity. The city of Bath itself is also wonderful as I can study quietly at uni at anytime of day, and then I have the vibrancy of Bath for all my creative and social needs. Bath Spa University offers more than just a degree, the uni helps me with every aspect of my life including extra curricular activities related to my course for example I can go to watch performances of any kind at my uni every week. Also, the friendly atmosphere and support networks helped me massively to feel at home, and the countryside location of the campus and onsite halls offered me a home rather than a place. All the staff and lecturers are friendly and welcoming! I recommend visiting!
Lovely campus, a bit out of the way but so beautiful. There are plenty of societies and it's very easy to set one up if there's enough interest. The SU is great, they run lots of events but it's also a great place to hang out and socialise - it's the real hub of the university with the gym and office upstairs and the bar and shop downstairs.