Your Voice

Bath Spa Students' Union is a democratic organisation; it is your Union and we are led by you.

You vote for your representatives and hold them to account and you determine Union policy and overall direction. There are lots of ways you can have your say: you can stand and vote in elections, you can submit a policy idea to the Democracy and Scrutiny Committee, you can propose referenda and you can participate in the annual All Student Members Meeting.


Your Student Leaders

Sabbatical Officers (or ‘Sabbs’) lead your Students' Union. They are Bath Spa students who are elected by the student body each year and are paid to work full-time representing you. Each is responsible for a different area of the Union's activities and they are members of the Union’s Board of Trustees.

The Sabbs are your primary representatives and their main role is to listen to you and understand what you want from your Union and your University and then try to make that happen! They spend time out and about at all campuses and you can also contact them directly via email or social media.

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Emily Casey

Students' Union President

Emily is the lead spokesperson for the Students' Union and all Bath Spa students. She chairs the Students’ Union’s Board of Trustees and works closely with the University’s senior management team to champion you and your interests. Emily also leads on sustainability within the Students’ Union and is the key contact for the National Union of Students (NUS).

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Megan Robertson

VP Welfare & Community

Megan leads on issues relating to the Bath Spa student community. This includes welfare, mental health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion, housing and our relationship with the local Council and local residents. Megan is a member of the Student Community Partnership and works closely with our Equality and Campaign representatives supporting them to make change and ensuring your Students’ Union represents our diverse student body.

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Jack Mapston

VP Opportunities

Jack's job is to help you make the most of the opportunities available to you outside of your course which enable you to have fun, make friends and develop your skills. He leads on Students’ Union activities including all clubs and societies, events, volunteering and trips abroad. Jack works closely with Club and Society Committee Members ensuring the Students’ Union is supporting them to be successful in their roles.

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Ceri Bailey

VP Education

Ceri’s role is to represent your academic interests. She is the student representative on many University committees which make decisions about the policies which affect your learning and teaching. Ceri works closely with our Course Reps and Senior Academic Reps to ensure students' voices are heard at a course, school and University level and that your academic experience is the best it can be.

Elections

Elections

We hold elections throughout the year so you can choose the people that speak and act on your behalf. All Bath Spa students can stand for a full-time Officer position and all eligible students can nominate themselves for a variety of part time, voluntary positions.

All Bath Spa students are eligible to vote in elections, though some will be restricted to students from that School or who self-define with a particular equality group.

As a democratic organisation, we love elections! They underpin how we are led and enable you to have your say - so do get involved!

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Campaigns

We are a campaigning organisation and understand the importance of making change. We listen to you and run campaigns in response and we support students to run their own campaigns too.

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Senior Academic Reps

Senior Academic Representatives focus on issues relating to learning, teaching and the academic quality of your University experience. They represent a School (for undergraduate students), a campus (for postgraduate taught students) or the entire cohort (for postgraduate research students). They work closely with your Vice President Education, Course Reps and University staff to ensure the student voice is central in decision making.

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Course Reps

Course Reps are your first point of contact when it comes to raising issues about your course. It is their job to gather your feedback and concerns and then to work with University staff, Senior Academic Reps and your Vice President Education to help you to have the best academic experience possible. They are the most essential part of our Academic Representative system - we couldn’t exist without them!

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Equality & Campaign Reps

Equality and Campaign Representatives advocate for change and justice at the University. They focus on specific issues and work with your Sabbatical Officers to ensure your Union represents all Bath Spa students.

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Equality & Campaign Reps

Democracy at Bath Spa

As a registered charity, your Students’ Union is governed by a Board of Trustees, chaired by your Students’ Union President. The Board of Trustees oversees the Union’s strategy, its financial and legal health and ensures its long term sustainability. Your Sabbatical Officers serve on the Board of Trustees, alongside four Student Trustees and four External Trustees.

The Democracy and Scrutiny Committee is responsible for setting Union policy and holding the Sabbatical Officers to account. It is chaired by a current student and enables you to submit policy ideas as well as appointing Student and External trustees to the Board of Trustees.

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Module Evaluations

At Bath Spa Students’ Union, we want to hear from you about what can make your University experience the best it can be. You can give us feedback through our Module Evaluations.

We encourage you to provide us with as much detail as you can about your course. This includes things like how your lectures are run, assessment structure and academic staff. To protect your anonymity and to encourage truthful, accurate feedback, you will not be asked to provide any personal details.

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