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Leadership Represented Success Innovative

IMPACT Opportunity 2012-13




Democracy Excellence Student-led Rewarding Forward-thinking




Confidence progress



Empowerment Friendships


Whether developing new opportunities, widening our support or increasing our campaigning, we are committed to improving what we do every year. At the centre of everything is the enhancement of the student experience for our members.


CommitmentPride Quality Success

Chris Clements – SU President

The Times HES survey showed a 26% increase in satisfaction with the Students’ Union. Our SU Officer ELECTIONS saw one of the highest turnouts nationally with nearly 4,250 votes. Our SU Officers hold nine positions at a NATIONAL level and have spoken at eight national conferences. We are ranked by Bath students in the National Student Survey as one of the TOP TEN rated students’ unions in the UK. We have a GOLD SUEI (Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative) Award for being one of the four BEST developed and managed students’ unions in the UK.

Female students taking LEADING roles in our committees has increased by 11%. Student Barometer Surveys showed a 96% SATISFACTION rate with the Students’ Union. Over 50,000 votes were cast in elections, a 42% INCREASE from last year. Bath is currently FOURTH in the British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships. The social enterprise group Enactus ACHIEVED three awards at a national competition including ‘The Most Improved Team of The Year’. We hold an Investors in People and an Investors in Volunteers ACCREDITATION.


The higher minimum wage on campus makes me feel more valued by the University as well as easing the financial pressure of student life.

Alex Joseph – Students’ Union Photographer


RepresentationChange ActionProgress

83% of students saw the Students’ Union as the voice of their opinions and needs. (SOS 2012) HOUSING restrictions proposed as part of the ‘Article 4 Direction’ were lobbied against, resulting in some concessions. Work has continued with the bus companies to increase bus provision at peak times, securing a direct BUS SERVICE from Oldfield Park. We campaigned to improve standards of STUDENT ACCOMMODATION, with the ‘Rate Your Rental’ survey involving over 500 students in Bath. The University and the Council have started to work on the recommendations. We promoted the Chairman of Bath’s Organ Donation AWARENESS CAMPAIGN to all students across campus.

WORKING WITH THE UNIVERSITY: All CAMPUS JOBS now receive the higher rate of minimum wage enabling students to earn an extra £1.19 per hour. There is a growth of 25% in the number of RECORDED LECTURES available online. There has been an increased provision of ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF WORK, with over 10,000 items. Students submitted 200 examples of good and bad academic FEEDBACK as part of ‘The Future’s Bright, The Future’s Feedback’ campaign. The income boundaries for students eligible to receive support through the University ACCESS AGREEMENT has been raised by £4,000.


Volunteering is a really rewarding and enjoyable experience. Particularly as a Scout Leader, I know I have played an important part in the lives of young people and have seen their personalities change based on what I have taught them.


RewardingValues Altruism Future

Matthew Humberstone – Bath University Guides & Scouts

90% of students felt the Students’ Union had had a positive impact on their student experience. (SOS 2012) Over 2,500 students were offered PEER SUPPORT through 23 Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning schemes. £46,000 was put back into 450 students’ pockets as COMPENSATION for inconvenience caused by the building works on campus over revision period. Over 140 international students who faced delays in the processing of batch orders by UKBA were supported and the SU ensured their issues were REPRESENTED at parliamentary level. Over 3,400 students were HELPED in the Advice and Representation Centre including over 800 on academic issues.

RAG has RAISED over £50,000 for local and national charities. Through Joblink over 3,000 students were EMPLOYED on campus and paid over £1,187,800.00. Over 6,000 hours were VOLUNTEERED by 800 students in over 35 organisations. Working with the local council, LGBT set up an EMENTORING scheme for LGBT pupils in 14 state secondary schools and six youth centres. Over 1,400 students attended TRAINING coordinated by Skills Training in subjects ranging from Assertiveness to Leadership, a 26% increase from last year.


Running Freshers’ Week was challenging, fun and an incredibly memorable experience. Most of all, it was a real buzz to think that, because of the work we had done, thousands of students were having so much fun.

Rory Quinn – Freshers’ Week Event Manager


FriendshipsMemories Relationships Experiences

Nearly 40,000 tickets to Students’ Union events were sold this year. Arts societies put on over 35 shows and concerts on campus and in the COMMUNITY. Over 3,000 students enjoyed a RECORD BREAKING Freshers’ Week, attending themed club nights, quizzes and city tours. Over 350 students had a great day of RECREATIONAL sport at the Inter-hall Championships in April. Refresh Week included daily student PERFORMANCES in the Student Centre and 50 stallholders attending the fair. Over 400 new postgrads experienced a night of DANCE and dining at the Big Welcome Party.

Over 200 students JOINED five Discover Trips across the South West, including visits to Cheddar Gorge and Longleat. Twelve students spent a memorable week in the Brecon Beacons on a National Trust CONSERVATION project. Over 1,000 spectators had FUN watching five sporting events at the ‘Best of the South West Varsity’ series against Exeter University in March. Uni Popshops ran each week to allow students to test out their business IDEAS in a fun, low risk environment.


This year I came up with the idea to run a student-led “cheesy music” night. I planned the concept, the promotion and coordinated the whole event, which was a great success. This was a fantastic project management opportunity for me and we will be running more in the future.


Will Lay – Backstage Production Manager

MotivatedEncouraged Belief Student-led

Over 2,000 student volunteers led groups, activities and events in the Students’ Union. Over 1,300 students attended the ‘Snowball’ events and RAISED £10,000 for SU Sport. Bath Area Malaysian & Singaporean Association (BAMSA) held their first ‘Splash Spring Leisure & Sport Huddle’ event INVOLVING universities across the UK. Over 200 international and home students ENJOYED a celebration of diversity including performances, food tasting and cultural debates during ‘One Bath’ week. Over 50 students were involved in RUNNING two THINK week awareness campaigns promoting health and well-being.

RAG, Duke of Edinburgh and Student Community Action DELIVERED over 50 student-led projects and events. Backstage technical crew SUPPORTED over 110 events in town and on campus, including Freshers’ Week, the Summer Ball and Fireworks Night. The Meeting of Minds conference gave 18 research students representing every faculty the CHANCE to talk about their work. Transport was organised for students to London for Demo2012, a national DEMONSTRATION about the future of education.


Putting on productions in the local community is a great way to build more positive relationships, as well as showing the creative side of students. The pantomime we put on for 200 local school children was great fun for everyone.

Eleanor Porril – Chair of BUST (Bath University Student Theatre)


Team-work Participation Belonging Connecting

87% of students agree that the Students’ Union helps them feel a part of a student community. (SOS 2012) A new Hall Reps scheme was introduced with 50 first year students REPRESENTING their fellow students and planning events and activities. As part of the Student Community Partnership a Family Fun Day at Oldfield Park was RUN for local families. Cheerleaders DELIVERED sessions throughout the year at Hayesfield School for 60 students. Bath Economics Society EXPANDED their schools project to work with three new schools. Over 250 hours were VOLUNTEERED by 25 students in six local primary schools. Enterprise Bath co-hosted an event with the Social Entrepreneur Education Consortium (SEEC) and three Enactus projects were DEVELOPED from this event.

Student Community Action (SCA) WORKED WITH over 20 local organisations including Bath Rugby Foundation, Julian House and Sue Ryder Hospice. The Student Centre had over 100 BOOKINGS from student groups, clubs and societies ranging from Break Dancing to the French society. Many sports clubs worked in the community, including the Basketball Club, which MANAGED coaching sessions to 1,370 children in six primary schools. Over 330 volunteer ‘Captains’ and ‘Crew’ helped over 3,000 new students SETTLE into the campus community during Freshers’ Week. Members of the International Students’ Association from over 40 different nationalities have ENJOYED 20 Tea & Talk drop-in socials.


I have gained a lot from the Skills Training programme in terms of improving my confidence and my organisational and time management skills. It has really helped me develop invaluable transferable skills necessary for my future career.




Cristina Dumitru – Skills Trainer

86% of students felt the Bath Award helped them to learn how to articulate their skills and experiences. (Bath Award survey) Training has been DELIVERED to over 200 club committee members on the effective running of their clubs.

Trained students PROVIDED over 90 hours of advice to fellow students in the Advice & Representation Centre.

The LGBT e-mentoring scheme RECRUITED and trained five students to become mentors for young people.

Over 200 students regularly ATTENDED Academic Council meetings every three weeks.

Over 600 students have BENEFITED from bespoke Peer Mentor training sessions. There were eight entries to Apps Crunch, the annual app design competition that DEVELOPS business, technical and design skills. Through STUDENT-LED groups, over 6,300 students belonged to one of our 48 sports clubs or 85 societies.

Through Joblink, business leaders and trainers RAN over 15 workshops. The Skills Training Student Trainers DELIVERED 22 workshops providing peer to peer learning opportunities for our students. The Volunteer Recognition Scheme has shown 293% INCREASE in applicants in SU Sport. Six Student Experience Champions undertook 100 hours of RESEARCH into areas that affect students.


Volunteering efforts have grown bigger and better over the years, and continue to build a stronger relationship with the local community. Thank you for helping us transform cancer services for our patients and their families, here at the RUH.



Strength Progress

Zoe Tainton, Community Fundraiser – The Forever Friends Appeal, RUH

84% of students believed that the Students’ Union worked in partnership with the University to improve things for students. (SOS 2012) Working with the University’s Sport department, the 3:Thirty Club has seen 1,863 students PARTICIPATING in recreational sport.

Ten local community groups and organisations ATTENDED the THINK awareness campaign fairs.

The Community Officer spent over 100 hours working ALONGSIDE local community and council groups to improve Town and Gown relations.

RAG COLLABORATED with The Rotary Club to deliver Bath’s main Firework Display in November with 8,000 spectators and £17,000 raised for local charities.

SU Sport and Bath City Football Club CREATED the showpiece event for the Best of the South West Varsity against Exeter University.

Enterprise Bath has been AWARDED £25K from UnLtd to support students and staff who have ideas for businesses that aim to create positive social impact.

Joblink PARTNERED with Santander Universities’ intern programme to provide summer internships for eight students.

Working with the University we have HELPED map out the First Year Student Experience to ease transition to university life.


The new branding has given student-led activities a higher profile and greater awareness of opportunities available. This has also increased recognition for the hundreds of students involved who make such a significant contribution to our Students’ Union.



Information Awareness

Jemma Jeans, Arts Rep – Society Exec has had over 1,000,000 visits and has seen a 43% increase in visits since we launched the new site in January. The SU Officer team are ENGAGING with 126% more students on Facebook. We rebranded the Students’ Union creating a cohesive, recognisable IDENTITY to all areas of the Union. Twenty-eight Hall Rep newsletters were CIRCULATED to 3,000 first year students. There were 29 POSITIVE stories covered in the local media about SU activity. 24,000 copies of the bathimpact paper were PRODUCED for students, by students.

The introduction of newsletters for Sport, Societies and Volunteering has ATTRACTED a readership of over 7000 members. We LAUNCHED an App which allows students to purchase tickets and deals online. Three Hall Forums were held increasing communication and FEEDBACK between first year students and the Students’ Union. A DEBATE was held on campus with the National Communities Minister and NUS Leaders about Bath students’ concerns. Briefing papers on three core academic topics were PROVIDED for 350 Academic Reps.

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