As you all know, your University experience is going to be different this year, unique in fact and we understand you may still have questions as to what your social experience is going to look like. Working closely with the University, we want to ensure we can support you to make those important social connections whilst also prioritising both student safety and that of the local community.
We are pleased to be able to share our month-long programme of exciting events which we are calling the Big Hello! Our website has all you need to know about our free virtual programme and will be continually updated so do keep checking back for the latest info.
We have been making plans to safely reopen our Bar and Shop on the Newton Park campus from Wednesday 16 September. Further information on opening times and the new safety measures we have put in place will be available soon.
How are Clubs and Societies going to work?
The majority of club and society activities will need to take place virtually for Semester One. This is why we have introduced a new membership structure, to encourage you to join as many clubs and societies as you like whilst still getting great value for your money. We are supporting all our committee members to offer a great range of activities and opportunities so you can have fun and make friends.
You will be aware that Government rules have recently changed and from Monday 14 September social gatherings of more than 6 people you do not live with will be banned. Organised sporting activity is exempt from this rule and we are working with the University to finalise the guidelines for organised society activity in response to this change. However, all in-person activity, in whatever form, will be limited due to social distancing requirements, venue availability and University and National Governing Body guidelines.
For the avoidance of doubt, no in-person club or society activity should take place in student accommodation or private homes.
This is about keeping our community safe and well
Breaking government guidelines not only puts you and your friends at risk but also puts vulnerable members of our local community at risk unnecessarily. We will take any breaches of the guidelines very seriously and for clubs and societies, there is the risk of your club or society being disciplined or disbanded. You can find our members code of conduct here, and student opportunities bylaws here.
We appreciate that you are excited to be joining or returning to Bath Spa and we want you to have the best time. However, we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, and whilst it may feel as if some level of normality is returning, we must all remain vigilant to ensure both students and the local community are kept safe.
As you know, Government guidelines are subject to rapid change so please ensure you keep up to date and check the University’s website and the Students’ Union website and social media channels regularly. If you have any questions, please contact us directly.