|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.
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. In March 2005 the institution was granted university status, becoming Bath Spa University in August 2005. It has placed in the mid 60s but is generally somewhere in the low-to-mid 70s out of the approximately 120 UK universities in league tables.
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. 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.
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 X39 and 337 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. The Duchy of Cornwall, the university's landlord, raised some objections to these plans.
The University has six schools of study.
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:
Bath Spa University Rugby Football Club competes in the BUCS Western Men's Conference 3A against other south western universities such as Bournemouth, Southampton, Exeter and University of Bath's 4th team. They finished bottom of the 3A league in 2010. Overall league positions (2010), Bath Spa (rank 68), Bath (rank 10). In the 2010-2011 season a second team was organised for the first time. The players also compete in 7's competitions throughout the country, but mainly in their host competition "Jon Ball 7's", which is a charitable tournament held at the Newton Park campus every May. In the Bath Derby (for the 2010-11 season) Bath Spa 1st XV succumbed 66-0 to rival Bath Uni's 4th XV.
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