Bath Spa University
|Bath Spa University|
|Established||2005 - gained University Status
1975 - 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.
- 1 History
- 2 Campuses
- 3 Organisation
- 4 Notable people
- 5 References
- 6 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.34 In March 2005 the institution was granted university status, becoming Bath Spa University in August 2005.5 It is generally placed in the mid 60s or low-to-mid 70s out of the approximately 120 UK universities in league tables.6
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 campuses. It is here that the majority of courses are taught, with the exception of Art and Design and some of the 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 site has a lake, nature reserve, woodlands and arable farmlands. The Newton Park Campus is home to the majority of the student accommodation, which consists of six halls.
Located at Newton Park is the Michael Tippett Centre, which is the only purpose built concert hall in Bath.7 As well as being used for teaching music, the centre is used for exhibitions, musical performances and plays.
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 186-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 University has established a new centre in Corsham Court after an absence of more than 20 years. 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 will include development support for research projects, postgraduate and research studios and study areas for artists and designers undertaking Masters level study and Doctorates, facilities for project work for all undergraduate students, and a conference suite for the use of academic and support departments across the University.8
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 Art and Design courses are taught here. 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.
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.
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. At other times, the service is less frequent, although the 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, most notably at Newton Park Campus where over a ten-year period the student accommodation is to be demolished and new accommodation built in its place. The existing buildings will be modified to deal with the influx of students expected in the next few years.9 The Duchy of Cornwall, the university's landlord, raised some objections to these plans.10
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 Graduate School is responsible for the higher degrees.
- 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 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, dance, drama, and performing arts.
- 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 partners are:
- City of Bath College
- City of Bristol College
- New College, Swindon
- Norton Radstock College
- Weston College
- Wiltshire College at Trowbridge and Salisbury
- Naomi Alderman, novelist11
- David Almond, novelist11
- Joe Bennett, musician and writer
- Dexter Dalwood, artist11
- Mahinda Deegalle, scholar and writer
- Carrie Etter, poet
- Aminatta Forna, novelist11
- Jeremy Gardiner, modern British landscape painter
- Maggie Gee, novelist11
- David Harsent, poet and TV scriptwriter11
- Philip Hensher, novelist, critic and journalist11
- William Hughes, editor and critic
- Nicholas Jose, novelist11
- Tim Liardet, poet and critic
- John Newsinger, author
- Kate Pullinger, novelist11
- Gavin Turk, artist11
- Steve Voake, children's author
- Fay Weldon, novelist11
- Gerard Woodward, novelist and poet
- Lance Workman, psychologist and writer
- Mary Berry, Food writer12
- Manolo Blahnik, shoe designer12
- 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 London13
- Roger Deakins, cinematographer
- Peter Flannery, scriptwriter, author of Our Friends in the North14
- Laura Ford, artist15
- Jason Gardener, athlete, Olympic gold medallist14
- Kate Garraway, television presenter
- William Harbutt, artist16
- Ian Hargreaves, journalist12
- 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 winner1417
- Ema "Emika" Jolly, electronic music producer
- Elizabeth Kay, writer and author of The Divide trilogy,
- 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 Festival.18
- Sir Donald Maitland, British diplomat and British Prime Minister Edward Heath's press secretary 1970 to 197419
- 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, painter20
- Miller Puckette, mathematician and computer music researcher12
- Peter Randall-Page, artist21
- Simon Relph, assistant film director and producer13
- Dame Anita Roddick, businesswoman, founder of The Body Shop14
- Davide Rossi, violinist, string arranger, composer and a record producer, working with Goldfrapp and Coldplay.
- Axel Scheffler, illustrator22
- Tristram Shapeero, television director13
- Sir William Stubbs, educator and former Rector of the University of the Arts London.13
- Judith Trim23
- Jules Williams, writer, Director, Producer author of The Weigh Forward24
- Evie Wyld, award-winning novelist and author
- Kill It Kid, Blues/Grunge/Americana Band, signed with EMI
- Nathan Filer, Award nominated Novelist and poet25
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- "Inauguration of Bath Spa University". Bath Spa University. 3 January 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
- "League Table". University League Table 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
- "Newton Park". Bath Spa University website. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
- "A New University Centre... And A Homecoming To Corsham Court". Bath Spa University. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- "Strategic Plan 2006/07 to 2008/09". Bath Spa University. Retrieved 2009-07-05.
- "Delay in Duchy response against uni expansion plan". Bath Chronicle. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
- "Highly acclaimed artists, prize-winning novelists, leading poets and innovative composers join Bath Spa University". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Bath Spa University announces honorary degrees for 2012". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Bath Spa University Graduation Ceremonies". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- Bath Spa University — Independent Online A-Z of Unis and Colleges (retrieved 03 Jan 2006)
-  ArtNet Retrieved 2010-11-18
-  Victoria Art Gallery. Retrieved 2010-11-18
- "Howard Hodgkin awarded an honorary doctorate by Bath Spa University". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Bath Spa University Graduation Ceremonies". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Bath Spa University College Graduation Day". Bath Spa University website. Bath Spa University. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
-  Tate Gallery. Retrieved 2010-11-18
-  Tate Collection. Retrieved 2010-11-18
-  The Observer Retrieved 2010-11-18
- Cooper, Emmanuel (25 January 2001). "Judy Trim". The Independent. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- Williams, Jules (2011). The Weigh Forward. Quartet Books. ISBN 0-7043-7214-2.
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