Bath Spa University
|Bath Spa University|
|Established||2005 - Bath Spa University. (Gained University Status )
1997 - Bath Spa University College
1975 - Bath College of Higher Education
1852 - Bath School of Art
|Location||Bath, Somerset, England
Bath Spa University is a university based in, and around, Bath, England. The institution was previously known as Bath College of Higher Education, and later Bath Spa University College. It gained full university status in August 2005. It is the UK's sixth biggest provider of Teacher Education.3 In 2006 it was voted the 5th best modern university in the UK by The Sunday Times University Guide.4 The university was ranked in the top ten of creative universities in the UK by Which? in 2012 and 2013.5
- 1 History
- 2 Organisation and Academic Profile
- 3 Campuses
- 4 Student life
- 5 Transport
- 6 Plans
- 7 Notable people
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The institution can trace its roots back to the foundation of the Bath School of Art in 1852, following the impact of The Great Exhibition of 1851. In 1946 Bath Teacher Training College was opened on the Newton Park campus, as part of the post-war initiatives to fill wartime teaching shortages by a one-year course for ex-service people. The present institution was formed in 1975 as Bath College of Higher Education by the merger of Bath Teacher Training College and Bath College of Domestic Science. In 1983 Bath Academy of Art also merged into the college. In 1992, the college was granted degree-awarding powers and in 1997 adopted the name Bath Spa University College.67 In March 2005 the institution was granted university status, becoming Bath Spa University in August 2005.8
Bath Spa University is designated as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).
Bath Spa University was named among the ten best creative universities in the UK by Which? in 2012 and again in 2013, amongst high-ranking universities such as The University of Oxford and The University of Cambridge.13
Bath Spa University has held the European Commission’s HR Excellence in Research Award for 2 years running, and is one of 49 universities in the UK to do so. The Award is managed by Vitae, a group that supports researchers in their careers and helps them increase the standard of their research for the benefit of the students and the impact it may have on the wider world,
The University has six schools of study.
- The Bath School of Art and Design is based at the Sion Hill and Dartmouth Avenue campus' and teaches art, fine art, graphic communication, interactive multimedia, media communication, materials based design, textile design studies and visual culture.
- The School of Research and Graduate Affairs is responsible for postgraduate level degrees and offers funding for PhD/MPhil level qualifications. The PhD in Creative Writing has a reputation of being one of the UK's leading doctoral programmes in this area.14
- The School of Education teaches Education Studies as an academic subject, and also has responsibility for PGCE provision and for postgraduate studies in education. The School has links to over 400 schools in the region and further afield, and students taking teacher training courses can take their placements through these schools.15 Graduates from the school are highly sought after, and the university the largest provider of teacher education in the region, the sole provider in the city of Bath, and the sixth largest provider in the country.16
- The School of Humanities and Cultural Industries has responsibility for undergraduate courses in English Literature and in Creative Writing (including Writing for Young People) and the MA in Creative Writing (MACW). It also teaches subjects such as history, cultural studies, the study of religions, media communications, and film studies.
- The School of Music and the Performing Arts is responsible for courses in music, music technology, dance, drama, creative arts, performing arts and acting.
- The School of Society, Enterprise and Environment is responsible for the teaching of biology, environmental science, food nutrition, geography, tourism management, psychology, sociology, health-care and business studies.
The University has formed partnerships with a number of regional Further Education Colleges and institutions. Under the Partnership, students take the first year of their Higher Education course in their local college and, if successful, the rest of their course at Bath Spa University. The Brighton Institute of Modern Music campus in Bristol has all of its courses verified by Bath Spa University.17
The partners are:
- City of Bath College
- City of Bristol College
- New College, Swindon
- Norton Radstock College
- Weston College
- Wiltshire College at Trowbridge and Salisbury
- Brighton Institute of Modern Music in Bristol
The Newton Park campus, located to the west of Bath near the village of Newton St Loe, is the largest of the university's three main campuses. It is here that courses from all schools are taught, with the exception of Art and Design and some PGCE courses. The campus is based in Newton Park in grounds designed by English landscape architect Lancelot "Capability" Brown and leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. The campus features buildings from a mixture of ages including many listed buildings, all still used as teaching or administration spaces, such as the Grade I Listed Main House building built between 1762 and 1765 by Stiff Leadbetter for Joseph Langton,18 the remnants of the 14th century Newton St Loe Castle, a scheduled monument holding a Grade 1 listed building status19 and several other grade 2 and 2* listed stable buildings, gardens and walled gardens. It is the only campus to house student accommodation on its premises. The campus is home to the Students Union, which operates out of the union building at the top of the campus. The site has a lake, nature reserve, woodlands and arable farmlands. The campus is currently undergoing an enormous development program (see Plans) that will transform the campus in phases over the coming years.20
Located at Newton Park is the Michael Tippett Centre, which is the only purpose built concert hall in Bath.21 The building features a large number of teaching rooms and spaces, and the hall itself is used for lectures mainly by the School of Music and Performing Arts. The hall is routinely used for exhibitions, musical performances and plays from student performers as well professional acts from around the country.
The University Theatre is also situated on the Newton Park campus and was part of a £5.7m scheme designed by Fielden Clegg Bradley Architects LLP and was completed in 2006. It comprises a 86-seat auditorium with full backstage and technical facilities, including three large teaching studios. The venue is used by the School of Music and Performing Arts for teaching, student actors, directors, production managers, choreographers and dancers.
The Sion Hill campus is in the north of Bath, in the Lansdown district. This campus houses the Bath School of Art and Design and the majority of Art and Design courses are taught here. Its history extends to the original Bath School of Art which was founded in 1852. One of the earliest Masters of the school Anthony Carey Stannus, an Irish painter noted for marine scenes and who later helped establish a society which evolved into the Royal Ulster Academy.22 Until 2009, the University also owned the nearby Somerset Place. The sale of this listed Georgian crescent was intended to finance a new campus in the city centre. This development, alongside the Dyson School of Design Innovation, did not proceed due to planning issues relating to the chosen riverside site.
The University has a specialist centre for postgraduate research and teaching in Corsham Court, Corsham, Wiltshire. The university developed this centre in 2008 after an absence of more than 20 years from the site.23 Corsham Court became the home of the Bath Academy of Art (now Bath School of Art and Design and part of the University) when its premises were destroyed during the Second World War. Walter Sickert, who taught in that School was also a mentor to Lord Methuen RA, owner of the Court. The centre handles the majority of postgraduate courses, and includes development support for research projects, postgraduate workshops, studios and seminar rooms providing facilities for the academic Schools, specialist facilities for music, photography, film and textiles, a library and dedicated librarian, shared quiet study and social learning spaces for Masters and PhD research students, a common room space, a university research office which works with schools on the development of funding bids to external agencies, and a gallery space - managed by the Bath School of Art & Design in support of undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum activities.24
This campus is located in the Southdown area of Bath. It is situated next to Bath Community Academy (formerly Culverhay School) and was formerly the school's Humanities block. The campus is the home to most of the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Education Secondary and Middle Years Education courses, including History, Music, English, Geography, Mathematics and Religious Education. Facilities at the campus are not as extensive as those found in Newton Park but there are IT facilities and a common room.
The university's School of Art and Design has established a new venture in Dartmouth Avenue. The site was developed as a series of painting and media studios as well as a project space for year two students. This was to offset the loss of space incurred with the sale of Somerset Place. The site has been expanded into an adjoining building to accommodate creative studios and a second, larger, project space (the first now being predominantly used for life drawing classes).
Burdall's Yard is an Arts Centre for the School of Music and Performing Arts in central Bath. The centre is used as a teaching, rehearsal and performance space and also hosts cultural events. These have included, Party in the City (Bath Festival) and a UK Songwriting Festival gig with singer/songwriter Eddi Reader.
The Theatre Production Centre is located at Ashman's Yard between Newton Park campus and Bath City centre. This facility for the School of Music and Performing Arts was formally opened by Vice Chancellor, Professor Christina Slade, in 2012. Students based here undertake practical work on the BA (Hons) Theatre Production course. Facilities include a construction workshop, costume workshop, prop making workshop, production office with Mac editing suite, and a student common room.
The University currently offers accommodation to 956 students in several locations around the Bath area, as well as on its main Newton Park campus. Homestay and independent housing options are also available for students through local letting agents and families, and are managed and routinely inspected by the university.2526 The new residential accommodation project currently under construction at the Newton Park campus, due for completion in September 2014, will offer an additional 561 student bed spaces with laundrette facilities
The Newton Park Campus currently houses 306 students in single, shared and en-suite study bedrooms. The accommodation forms a small cluster of buildings at the bottom end of the campus, with a bus stop nearby servicing the number 15 bus. Because of the limited availability of parking, students living on campus are not permitted to bring a car, however bicycle racks and some motorcycle parking spaces are available.27
- Waterside Court: Offers 316 en-suite bed spaces and is run by student accommodation company UNITE. It is next to the Charlton Court accommodation on the Lower Bristol Road, and is only a short distance from the centre of bath and has a nearby bus stop with buses running to the centre as well as the university itself.28
- Charlton Court: Offers 294 en-suite bed spaces and is run by UNITE. It is located next to the Waterside Court accommodation on the Lower Bristol Road.29
- Bankside House: Situated 10 minutes from the Sion Hill campus, and compromises 10 flats making a total of 40 student bed spaces. It is located in a way that it is ideal for people who are studying at the Sion Hill campus, the Circus, Dartmouth Avenue and City of Bath College30
- Independent Housing and Homestay: The Independent Housing is located in, or very close to, Bath's popular student residential areas: Oldfield Park, Newbridge and the city centre. Getting to and from Newton Park Campus and the city centre is easy, thanks to the accommodations' position near to the First Bus service 15 route.26 The university maintains links with a number of families situated around Bath who rent rooms to students. These premises are routinely inspected by the university before and during the time the students live there. Rooms vary depending on the houses of the hosts, with food and bills being included in the rent.25
The main Students' Union facilities are at the Newton Park campus, although the Union maintains a presence in all campuses. The Main union building runs a bar, café, gym and shop, and hosts regular events throughout the academic year. There are 20 sports societies, 40 interest societies and 10 sports clubs run by the union, many of which compete in the BUCS.31 The sports facilities include rugby and football pitches at the top of the campus, as well as a netball court and changing facilities inside the walled garden adjacent to the union building. The walled garden itself is also a social space, featuring BBQs, games tables, seating and tables, a small pond, greenhouses and small allotment style areas. The union is in charge of organising the Freshers events, as well as the Winter and Summer balls. It also has facilities to run health campaigns and give academic advice to students, volunteering and skill development opportunities, travel opportunities, and it liaises directly with the University and organisations nationally and in the local area to campaign about and discuss issues that affect students.32
The union also has its own student card called Student Zest, founded by students in 2012 which offers discounts on goods and services offered in over 100 local businesses. There is a dedicated website that deals with matters concerning this card.33
In 2013 the union created a dedicated Facebook page and launched its own website which features all information and news concerning the union, its members, and wider developments affecting the whole university34
Bath Spa railway station is on the Great Western and Wessex Main Lines, with train services to various stations in the south of England, including London Paddington, Reading, Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central, Southampton Central and Portsmouth Harbour. The lesser Heart of Wessex Line also serves Bath Spa and in addition Oldfield Park railway station, close to the main off-site Halls of Residence. Most services at both stations are operated by First Great Western.
Newton Park is served by bus service 15 (operated by First and formerly known as the SPA1, and before that 418), which runs between the campus and the city centre every 15 minutes during term-time, and 15A, which services the Lower Oldfield Park area of Bath, a popular location for student rented properties. The number 15 service runs until 3am during term-time for the benefit of students travelling to and from the city's nightclubs. Services 338, 339 and X39 offer an alternative to those who are able to walk the University's driveway.
Sion Hill is served by the infrequent service 700, operated by local independent CT Coaches. Other services, including service 1 and Park & Ride service 31, operate on the nearby Lansdown Road.
Development of the university continues with major academic, residential and social developments underway, mostly at the University's Newton Park campus with phased developments worth £70 million taking place over the next few years. However, development of other sites is also happening, most notably the building of the Bath Spa Institute of Education campus in Hartham Park, Corsham. The existing buildings in the main Newton Park campus will be refurbished and modified to deal with the influx of students expected in the next few years.35 The Duchy of Cornwall, the university's landlord, raised some objections to these plans.36
In the summer of 2012 work began on the development of a new academic building, now called "Commons", roughly in the centre of the campus. This 8000 square metre building will provide, according to the university, the best resources for teaching digital media-related courses in the south-west, equal to anything found at cutting-edge commercial organisations and broadcast companies. Situated next to the academic building will be an outside amphitheatre primarily for use by the School of Music and Performing arts. The building was officially handed over to the university at the end of January 2014, and it is due for completion ready for use in the spring of 2014 and will be officially opened on June 5, 2014.20
In June 2013 work also began on the development of a new "student village" in the main Newton Park campus, which will house 561 first year students in separate "houses" of up to 10 students.37 This development is due to be completed during the summer of 2014 in time for the start of the September 2014 academic year. With this development the university will now be capable of housing all first year students in university monitored accommodation.
A new purpose-built teacher education centre is being built in part of the Hartham Park estate near Corsham, Wiltshire. It will be called the "Bath Spa Institute for Education".38 It will be open to students taking teacher education programs as well as master's degrees for existing teachers as of the 2014 academic year.39
The Students' Union has recently announced plans to refurbish its dated student union building located at the top of the campus, near where the new residential accommodation is being constructed, and plans are for the work to start in the Easter break and continue during the summer of 2014. The refurbishment intends to be ready to coincide with the arrival of the large number of new students living on campus as of September 2014, and provide an attractive and modern space, with a wider range of facilities to better meet the demand of current and future students.40
- Naomi Alderman, novelist41
- David Almond, novelist41
- Joe Bennett, musician and writer
- Dexter Dalwood, artist41
- Mahinda Deegalle, scholar and writer
- Carrie Etter, poet
- Nathan Filer, award-winning novelist and poet 42
- Aminatta Forna, novelist41
- Jeremy Gardiner, modern British landscape painter
- Maggie Gee, novelist41
- David Harsent, poet and TV scriptwriter41
- Philip Hensher, novelist, critic and journalist41
- William Hughes, editor and critic
- Nicholas Jose, novelist41
- Tim Liardet, poet and critic
- John Newsinger, author
- Kate Pullinger, novelist41
- Gavin Turk, artist41
- Steve Voake, children's author
- Fay Weldon, novelist41
- Gerard Woodward, novelist and poet
- Lance Workman, psychologist and writer
- Mary Berry, food writer43
- Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer43
- Glenn Brown, English painter, Turner Prize winner
- Tracey Corderoy, award winning children's writer
- Sir Graeme Davies, engineer, academic, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, the University of Glasgow and the University of London44
- Roger Deakins, cinematographer
- Peter Flannery, scriptwriter, author of Our Friends in the North4546
- Laura Ford, artist47
- Jason Gardener, athlete, Olympic gold medallist45
- Kate Garraway, television presenter
- William Harbutt, artist48
- Ian Hargreaves, journalist43
- Salima Hashmi, acclaimed Pakistani artist, cultural writer, painter and an anti-nuclear weapon activist.
- Mo Hayder, British crime novelist
- Sir Howard Hodgkin, artist, Turner Prize winner4549
- Ema "Emika" Jolly, electronic music producer
- Elizabeth Kay, writer and author of The Divide trilogy
- Kill It Kid, Blues/Grunge/Americana Band, signed with EMI
- Daren King, contemporary English novelist
- Jan Linton, electronic music producer and singer/songwriter
- Joanna MacGregor, classical, jazz and contemporary pianist, and Artistic Director of the Bath International Music Festival50
- Sir Donald Maitland, British diplomat and British Prime Minister Edward Heath's press secretary 1970 to 197451
- David Charles Manners, best-selling author and charity co-founder
- Gordon Moakes, Bloc Party bassist and backing singer
- Sally Nicholls, prize-winning British children's book author
- Edward Piper, painter52
- Miller Puckette, mathematician and computer music researcher43
- Peter Randall-Page, artist53
- Simon Relph, assistant film director and producer44
- Dame Anita Roddick, businesswoman, founder of The Body Shop45
- Davide Rossi, violinist, string arranger, composer and a record producer, working with Goldfrapp and Coldplay.
- Axel Scheffler, illustrator54
- Tristram Shapeero, television director44
- Sir William Stubbs, educator and former Rector of the University of the Arts London.44
- Judith Trim55
- Jules Williams, writer, Director, Producer author of The Weigh Forward56
- Evie Wyld, award-winning novelist and author
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