Bath Spa University

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Website: http://www.bathspa.ac.uk

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History

Bath Spa University is a university based around the city of Bath in the south-west of England. It was first founded in 1852 as the Bath School of Art, later the Bath Spa University College and gaining full university status in 2005. It is noted as the 6th largest provider of Teacher Education in the UK. It is a member of Universities UK and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

International students

There are various resources available to international students to make the transition to their new home easier and help them to get the most out of their new environment. There are International Student support pages filled with information ranging from immigration and visas information, financial services and even help with learning English, if this isn't a student's first language, through the Writing and Learning Centre. There is advice and help for those seeking to combine working with their studies as well as for those bringing their families with them while they are studying. There are also cultural and interest groups through the student union of interest to international students. The main Student Union facilities are on the Newton Park campus, though there are satellite branches on all campuses. The union operates a bar, cafe, a shop and gym as well as organising various annual events. These include a series of Fresher events as well as summer and winter balls. The union even has its own student card, called Student Zest that offers discounts to students across 100 local businesses. In addition, it operates some 20 sports societies, 10 sports clubs and 40 interest societies. There are sports facilities for everything from football and rugby to netball as well as fitness and wellbeing sports.

Campus life

The university has three main campuses. The Newton Park campus is west of the city centre around the village of Newton St Loe and is the largest of the three. Most al of the courses are taught here and the grounds of the park were designed by famous landscape architect Capability Brown, as the land is leased from the Duchy of Cornwall. This means there are a number of listed buildings on the campus including the 14th century Newton St Loe Castle. There is even a dedicated childcare nursery beside the campus called Oak Tree Day Nursery that provides childcare for student's and staff's children. The Bath School of Art and Design has its own campus, Sion Hill, to the north of Bath in the Lansdown district. It was the original Bath School of Art building dating to 1852. The third campus is Rush Hill, in the Southdown area of the city beside Bath Community Academy and housing the Humanities block. There is also a specialist postgraduate research and teaching campus at Corsham Court in Corsham, Wiltshire. There are over 1500 student accommodation places spread around the city as well as on the Newton Park campus. In addition, there are also private accommodation options available. Newton Park has over 800 places in single, shared and en-suite room options across two buildings at either end of the campus, known as Commons and Gardens. In the city, the university has Waterside Court with over 300 spaces, Charlton Court with slightly less and Bankside House with 10 flats accommodating 40 students.

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