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Impact Review 2011 - 2012

The Students’ Union 

A Gold SUEI (Students’ Union Evaluation Initiative) Award was achieved for being one of the best developed and well managed students’ unions in the UK. We are one of only four students’ unions nationally to gain Gold.

The Investors in People standard was re-accredited in recognition of our efforts to improve performance through the management and development of its people.

A Gold Green Impact Award - an internal University award - was achieved for having excellent systems for reducing impact on the environment.

A total of 35,415 votes were cast in all the student elections this year.

Our staff survey showed that 92% of staff feel that their work ultimately benefits students.

“ 86% of students feel that the Students’ Union is important to them

87% of students had a good overall experience of the Students’ Union

91% of students felt it

Being involved with the SU has been fantastic: the people I’ve met, the work I’ve done and the fun I’ve had along the way. It’s been challenging, but the way I’ve developed as an individual as a result has been enormous. Most of all, I have cherished the opportunity to make a genuine difference for students, fighting for their rights and representing them on their issues - big and small.

David Howells Students’ Union President

was important the Students’ Union continues to work in partnership with the University Results taken from the Student Opinion Survey 2012



Representation & The Student Voice 



Over 1000 surveys were distributed to students waiting for buses, which enabled us to work with the bus companies to improve their services. Working in partnership with the University on hidden fee costs, it was agreed that lab equipment would be free to students and field trip costs reviewed. Responding to Union feedback, the University set up a pilot to enable students to access their exam scripts. B&NES council was lobbied over plans to introduce ‘Article 4 Direction’ which will limit ‘Houses of Multiple Occupancy’ and create problems for students living in the local area. We continue to work with the University on enhancing student sport through the revenue generated by the Sports Pass.

2,133 students voted for their Academic Representatives in each department

1,789 students completed the Students’ Union’s Student Opinion Survey

5,426 students were represented through the Postgraduate Association and over 3,800 through the International Student Association

Being an Academic Representative has given me the opportunity to work with the University to try and improve the quality of education and general experience we get. Being able to liaise with the students on my course as well as academics within the department to resolve any issues has been a fantastic chance to really make a difference.

Alex Pool - Academic Executive Committee Chair Fourth Year/Department of Biology and Biochemistry


Student Development & Employability 

Thirty-two teams entered Student Enterprise ‘11 and the selected teams made £1,860 profit during nine days of trading in a shop in the city centre.

The Bath Award scheme has 898 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled on the programme.

Over £7,400 was invested in new student startups during a Dragons’ Den session organised through Student Enterprise.

JobLink is working with the local council to look at ways to encourage Bath students to stay in the city after graduation.

“ £1,133,844.00 was earned by student staff working on campus through JobLink last year

Working in the Students’ Union through JobLink has not only provided me with valuable working experience and the opportunity to develop skills such as time management and organisation, but it also given me an insight into how hard our Union works for us, all whilst making new friends and having a laugh along the way.

Jonty Usborne Students’ Union Web Assistant First Year/Department of Mechanical Engineering

1,500 students attended 

The Students’ Union Business Plan winner distributed 7,000 magazines to London commuters at the launch of the company’s Underground Book Club.

139 SORTED training sessions

898 students in total have registered for the Bath Award



Advice and Support 

Over 1,250 students were offered peer support through 15 Peer Mentoring and Peer Assisted Learning schemes.

Bath Nightline won two awards at the national Nightline Awards, for “Best Leader” and “Regional Representative”. They were also nominated for “Most Improved” service in the country.

Awareness raising on campus included: two THINK Weeks (with six individual campaigns such as Healthy Living) as well as the safety campaign “Don’t Make It A Night To Regret”.

Gender Equality and LGBT ran awareness campaigns on specific issues and raised funds for local organisations.

Being involved in the Diversity and Support groups in the Students’ Union during my four years as a student here has been invaluable. The facility to meet like-minded people and get peer support from other students and offer support back - has underpinned everything I’ve done as a student.

3,265 students were helped in the Advice & Representation Centre

Felix Slade LGBT Campaigns Officer

Fourth Year/Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

331 housing contracts were checked


An addition to the drop-in service was offered to students with a new appointments system on three afternoons a week, which resulted in a 75% take up.

351students were involved in seven Support & Diversity Groups 8

Entertainment and Events 

Over 3,000 students enjoyed Freshers’ Week with entertainment including themed club nights, quizzes and city tours.

Students have responded well to the refurbished and rebranded “The Plug” bar and “The Tub” night club, by regularly filling the 1,200 capacity venues on two weekly club nights.


Food sales have increased by over 50% from the previous year. New food deals complement weekly entertainment such as The Pub Quiz and Open Mic Night. The Plug bar has become the place to be for live sport on campus, showing events such as the Premier League, the Super Bowl and the Boat Race. Refresh Week included daily student performances in the Student Centre and 50 stallholders attending the end of week fair.

“ 4,000 tickets to the Summer Ball were sold in under 90 minutes when released on general sale

35,000 tickets to Students’ Union events were sold

The SU is a great place to chill out with friends and where you can enjoy a pizza and live music. Also, with great drinks deals, the opportunity to dress up in fancy dress and seeing everyone you know, the Students’ Union’s club nights Score and Fuzzy Ducks are always a brilliant laugh.

Sofia Fernandez First Year/Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

257,000 drinks were sold in The Plug and The Tub, with the profits used to fund Students’ Union activities 10


Working with the University’s Sports Department we have introduced the 3:Thirty Club, increasing participation in social, recreational and intramural sport.

Over 3,000 spectators watched Bath win the ‘Best of the South West’ Varsity competition against Exeter.

This year at the 38th University of Bath Blues Awards there were 120 award winners.

Bath is currently third* in the BUCS (British Universities and Colleges Sport) Championships. * As of May 2012 - the final result will be announced in July.


“ 4,000 students were members of 47 student sports clubs

Being a part of a sports club, I have had the opportunity to meet people from all different walks of life and make friends for life. It also gives you the chance to grow both socially and personally, with opportunities to run for elected roles and gain qualifications.

Janine Comerford Netball Club Chair

Second Year/Learning Partnerships City of Bath College

13 clubs played at premier league level

36 sports clubs were Over 1,500 tickets were sold for the Snow Ball, with profits raised going towards new sports equipment for clubs.

involved in BUCS with 71 teams being entered in over 30 tournaments 12

Societies and Student Media 

Annual Carnival day saw 21 societies entertaining thousands of students and showcasing the opportunities on offer through the Students’ Union.

URB Radio has played over 125,000 songs across campus and online.

The juggling and circus skills society “Gravity Vomit” hosted their fourth national convention providing entertainment and workshops for hundreds of students and members of the public.


I joined two societies - they have been a great way to meet people who share similar interests. Over the year you develop close friendships and have lots of fun with a wide range of people that you wouldn’t normally have met.

3,500 students were members of 81 societies

Backstage technical crew supported over 96 events in town and on campus, including Freshers’ Week, the Summer Ball and Fireworks Night.

24,000 copies of

The arts societies have produced over 30 performances on and off campus with many shows selling out.

180 events were held by

Rikki Tooley - Vegetarian Society Publicity Officer Second Year/Department of Computer Science

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societies and student groups on and off campus 14


The Students’ Union’s commitment to recruiting and supporting volunteers was recognised nationally by achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award.

Twenty-eight students participated in expeditions as part of gaining their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Twenty-five students volunteered to work for a month in orphanages in Romania and Bulgaria.

Organised by Raise and Give (RAG), over 8,000 spectators enjoyed Fireworks Night, with £28,000 raised for local charities.


was raised by RAG, supporting local and national charities

60 volunteer events and projects were delivered

Volunteering has really been the highlight of my time at university. I’ve acquired so many skills which you just can’t learn in lectures, whilst giving back to the local community. Volunteering has not only helped me to develop my interpersonal skills, from meetings with professionals to leading other volunteers, but has also given me confidence in my organisational, management and marketing abilities.

Hanna Wade - RAG Chair


Other RAG fund-raising activities included a sleep-out, a fashion show and a sponsored hitch-hike to Paris.

900 students volunteered

Fourth Year/Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

through the Volunteer Centre and gave over 5,000 hours of their time 16

Local & Campus Community  



Over 330 volunteer ‘Captains’ and ‘Crew’ helped 3,000 new students settle in to campus community during Freshers’ Week. Members from the Students’ Union and the local Council went door to door in Oldfield Park welcoming students, giving neighbourly advice and distributing over 400 community leaflets. Student Community Action (SCA) worked with 13 projects with local organisations such as Age UK, Mencap and Julian House. Festival on the Hill saw seven arts and cultural societies entertaining students with the International Student Association (ISA) running a festival of films over the week. The Student Centre had over 100 bookings from student groups, clubs and societies ranging from the Latin and Ballroom Club to the Table Top Games Society.

250 Good Neighbour booklets were printed and distributed to students

300 students attended eight Discover Trips including London and Longleat Safari Park

I had loads of fun and gained really useful teamwork and management skills. I am proud of being a part of a team helping create a really strong, vibrant sense of community across campus. The events like the inter-hall competitions, group activities and support we gave Freshers really helped them find their feet and settle in.

Neisha Jobanputra - Freshers’ Week Captain Third Year/Department of Biology and Biochemistry

420 hours were volunteered by 35 tutors and mentors in six primary and secondary schools in Bath 18

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Bath SU Impact Review 2011-2012  

University of Bath Students' Union Impact Review for 2011-2012

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