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March – Raise and Give Month


Each year we host a RAG week (Raise and Give week) to raise money for our chosen charity.  These always consist of a number of fun charity events over the week. Our chosen charity this year was Time Is Precious. Time is Precious works with children in hospitals to support them with end of life care. The aim of Time is Precious is to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for the children and their families in the hard times and to help purchase specialist equipment to make their lives more comfortable, because time is precious especially at times like these.


A team meeting was held on the 9th of March where the SU team decided what events they were going to do for the week, to raise money. The final ideas were; a cake sale, gunk the SU, sponsored cycle, pie your teacher and street collections. Then the real planning begun! what days to hold the events and the dreaded risk assessments.


Monday was pie your teacher and this was so much fun, getting revenge for all the course work students have been set.


Tuesday was a mass pool game event, trick shots galore.


Wednesday was the street collection with Peppa and George pig.  This raised the most amount of all the event over the week. Everyone that took part was in fancy dress Mario, Dory the grim reaper and Pikachu joined in to raise money around the streets of Bath.


Thursday was the best day by far, gunk the SU. Depending on how much you raised would decide how bad the gunk was, if you raised the least you were sure to get the nasty bucket.


Friday was the bake sale which was a calm and welcome end to the week.


Overall the week raised over £250 for Time as Precious to add to the fundraising we did last year.



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April – The start of a new chapter




We have BIG news from April, but at the same time there’s not much to tell. Thank you half term for saving us all from college work and giving us a sunny 2 weeks off. I hope you all enjoyed yourself and made lots of memories!


It was Earth Week this month so we made a cute gratitude garden for students to get involved in. Check out the photographs on our Facebook and Instagram #bathcollsu


So now to our big news! As you are all aware we have been recruiting a new Students’ Union team. The candidates that signed up have been campaigning for your votes over a two weeks period! Well results are in and we have our new team! Thank you for those who took the time to vote.


Congratulations to the following students and our very own Student’s Union officers who will be your..




Tesh Baber –  President 

James Stewart – Vice President

Ephraim Sampson – Events Officer

Jonathan Waldeck – Media and Promotions Officer

Paige Baker – Sports and Societies Officer

Perry Evry – Equality and Diversity Officer

Oliver Watkins – Higher Education Officer


I have confidence in saying these guys will do you proud. They will stand up for the needs of Bath college students, campaign for change and set up some crazy events! Good luck to you all.


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Student Take over – Harry Sylvester

For the second year running we have invited students to ‘takeover the college’ by becoming key members of staff for the day.  Not only is it a great way for students to build skills and confidence.  It also benefits the departments in which they are based to gather some direct leaner feedback on what they do.


One of the positions up for grabs was the Teaching and Learning Manager who is responsible for observing lessons and helping our teaching staff develop.  Harry Sylvester, a Public Services student  took over this role for the day, and here, in his own words is how it went.



Student Takeover Day – Harry Sylvester




On this day, I had the really good opportunity of becoming the Teaching and Learning Manager which meant I was ‘taking over’ Matt Finch’s job.



This day started off with me meeting with Matt and being introduced to the Teaching and Learning Team. I arrived bright and early and packed my bag with lots of special items such as; books, pens and pencils. I also decided to bring a clipboard with me so I could write down all the information that I would need for the entire day. I did some initial preparation for the day, such as creating my own tables for the data I would need to collect, but the exciting thing was, I was given my own desk!


After all the preparation was done I was allowed to go the classrooms with the company of one of team. This was very exciting as it gave me an insight into what English and Maths lessons are like. After this I was released to go into some lessons by myself which was very exciting indeed. These lessons ranged from learning about past exam papers and going all the way to students writing their own stories.


I was invited to come sit with the team in the Shrubbery Restaurant and enjoy a cup of tea with a scone. We then returned to the office to type up the data which I had collected so far.


After, I had typed up the data I went round to observe a few more lessons. I really enjoyed this as it gave me a real sense of what a member of the Teaching and Learning team does. I learnt many skills during this time such as good communication and learning tips so that I could become more effective as the day went on. After that I took my lunch break.


In the afternoon I started to do some research on how I could best present the data I had been collecting using various charts and tables. At about 14:40 I went to some more class rooms and observed some English and Maths classes to see what they were doing there. I managed to get a lot of data from this, which meant that I could start the preparation for my presentation which would be held at 5:00pm.


The presentation included me presenting all my data to the Teaching and Learning team, Stuart King (Head of Department for English and Maths) and Kez Hawkins (Students’ Union President). The feedback from this was very good and they were all very pleased with what I had collected. I felt that during this my confidence was boosted massively as it made me feel more at ease to talk to people. I ended up finishing the day at around 5:30pm.


I really enjoyed the day, it taught me what the Teaching and Learning Team do on a daily basis. It also boosted my confidence quite a lot because it means that I can now communicate better, both in and out of college. I felt quite happy around the college as I felt that I was in charge of something for the whole day.


So, for all I did today, I would like to thank the Teaching and Learning Team for having me there, all the classes I went to and everyone I met, THANK YOU


Harry Sylvester.


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January – Motivation

Hello 2017!


The Students’ Union decided to theme January as Motivation month. For this  we handed out motivational quotes around the college, to students, with the aim to make their day better!  

We have also spoken a little about New Year’s Resolutions and if students were to set a resolution for the college what would it be? What are your new year’s resolutions? Comment your answers below!

Much of January for me was delivering tutorials across the college, my aim was to try and reach those I don’t get to see as much. I spoke about our new website ‘Change It’ , our Takeover week in Feb, Course Reps, the new Activities program and finally the Students’ Union elections. Already our time as SU officers is nearly up so we are recruiting for new students to take our place.


The SU team have been really busy this month, Tesh and Aaron have started up 5 aside football on Wednesdays 4.30-5.30 at Bath Sports centre. Paul has been creating more videos for the YouTube page. James has been working towards a Bath College talent show and lastly Katie has been prepping for an online mentoring service. To top it off the team made a decision of our RAG (Raise and Give) charity this year. We are happy to announce that we will be supporting Time Is Precious for a second year running.


Hayley and I worked very closely with Childcare level 1 students in their assignment to make a positive impact on our community. Each group set up a fundraising event for Time is Precious. We went on a 14 mile walk from SVC campus to CCC campus.  Other groups dressed up as Micky and Mini Mouse and went around town collecting money. The other groups held cake and sweet sales. They raised an amazing £650!!!


The Participation Team have worked really hard on the 8ft by 12ft post it wall. This is where we asked students to write positive quotes on post it notes. It was amazing. They also did an activity called float your hopes where they got helium balloons and got students to write their hopes on a balloon and let it go.


Finally Question of the month results show that out of all the services at college the Students’ Union are known by more students!!! Go Team 16/17. They have been working so hard and deserve this recognition. I am looking forward to the final months in the Students’ Union!


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December – ‘Tis the season

‘Tis the season to be jolly!


The Student’s Union team have been handing out candy canes this month as a little festive thank you, from us, to you. Hopefully we have seen most of you and been able to wish you well, but if not we hope you have a fantastic (and well deserved) break.


One of my personal highlights this month was the trip we organised to Rush Skate park. This was done from your feedback which always makes it more worthwhile. Those of you that know me will also know I love to skate. Let us know what trips you would like to go on in the new year and we will see what we can get going.




Also in the festive spirit of giving, the Participation Team created a reverse advent calendar. You give a present rather than take one. We will then be sending them off to be given to disadvantaged families in Bath. Thanks for all of the donations, it will make those that receive a gift very happy this Christmas.


Finally some great things are planned for the new year, lots of events and pop up fun! Trips and activities are already in our calendar. Make sure you grab our new program in January for the new term. Lots more to get involved in.


Have a great break.


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November – Change it

One of our big targets this year is to make it easier for students to give us feedback and have a positive effect on college life.  This month we have been busy making this happen with the launch of our new learner voice website “CHANGE IT”.  The team have been working hard promoting it with lots of free goodies.  However this is just the launch of months of hard work.


So what is it?

Change it is our new way to get students to have their say.  You can submit your idea, or vote on the ideas of others. If enough people back it, we will try to make it happen, it’s really that simple.  So if you have an idea that could improve college for everyone make sure you post it.  The website is www.changeit.bathcollege.ac.uk , let us know what you think.


This month I also stood in the pouring rain with a bunch of students dressed as Santa’s doing their bit for charity at the Bath Christmas lights turn on.  It was great fun and I have to thank all those that braved the weather and refused to give up.


Vice President Tesh is also doing her bit for charity this month as she is aiming to raise £50 for Children In Need. Keep an eye out for what’s going on.



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October – Elections

So its elections month again, they always seem to come around so fast! We have been on the search for more team members to join the Students’ Union. A big thanks to all those that put themselves forward to run in the elections and also to all those that voted.


The votes have now been counted… so congratulations to Tesh, Zane, James and Jess who are the new members of the team! Visit the meet the team page to see who they are and what roles they have.


This month was also filled with lots of Course Rep training and meetings which were very positive. Your course rep will let us know how things are going in your course, so be sure to check out what was said with them or ask your tutor if you don’t know who it is.

Finally Media and Promo Officer, Dan, has been running two very popular societies; Anime and Dungeons and Dragons. They are proving very popular so please visit us in the Crib if you want to be part of it.

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September – Here we go again




Kez here, back again as Student Union President for my second year.  I’m hoping we can hit the ground running in this year and get much more happening.  We have an awesome team who are all ready to make change.  Our job is to make your experience at the college even better.


September is always a hectic month but it’s always great to see all the new faces  and to get around meeting you all in the induction (still as scary as ever) and tutorials.  Make sure you check out what we have planned for the year and get involved where you can.




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June: Student Takeover – A day in the life of a Principal

So this month was our student takeover, where a number of students were able to apply to takeover a role in college.  I’m going to hand the reigns over to Oliver Watkins for this months blog post who was Principal for the day, but I will let him tell you all about it…


Student Takeover Blog: Becoming College Principal for the day – Oliver Watkins

On Monday 13th June 2016, I had the privilege of acting as Co-Principal of Bath College for the day, witnessing and becoming involved in critical decision-making areas for the entire college, which for me was very exciting, interesting and fascinating.


At the start of the day, my activities included an introductory meeting with Matt Atkinson; the College Principal and his PA, who would be monitoring and guiding me throughout the day. Meeting Matt and introducing myself to him was an exciting experience.  He introduced me to his role and the daily activities of his job as the Principal. An example of this was reviewing and assessing inquiries made by different college departments and requesting suitable employment of new people for the departments’ needs.
Having the chance to sit in Matt’s office I witnessed Matt assessing with one management colleague discussing the most appropriate course of action to take in relation to their HR inquiries. It was fascinating to see how the College’s strategic management team deliberated and took consideration into staff recruitment and human resource processes.

After this, Matt informed me about the planned day ahead for me, which included sitting in a weekly strategic meeting with College executives. The primary task of the day was for me to be given the responsibility to investigate and decide whether ‘Bath College should become smoke-free?’

Weekly Strategic Meeting
After the initial brief with the Principal, I was invited to sit in the weekly senior team meeting, which lasted 2 hours.  Discussion included present issues impacting staffing, performance and administration at Bath College. I found it very cool and exciting to be present in the situation where major management discussions were being made, as this can lead to decisions that can have a major impact on the working lives of 1000s of employees and students at this college.

For many people of my age, sitting in a meeting for over 2 hours may seem a long and daunting experience to endure; at first, I even thought the information being discussed would be far beyond my comprehension. However, happily, I proved myself wrong. Everything being discussed was fully engaging and thought-provoking but at the same time very clear to understand. Witnessing these exciting discussions even at one point encouraged me to speak out and give my independent opinion on a topic of concern. So all in all, this was a very fascinating and surprisingly enjoyable experience for me to be part of.  Perhaps one day, with much hard work I could see myself in more of these types of settings.

After the meeting, I was invited to lunch with the Principal at the Shrubbery restaurant, where I was able to take the opportunity to talk on a more relaxed and informal basis, asking questions more to do with his day to day role and his plans and aspirations for the future once he has left the college.
After lunch, I met up again with Matt’s PA, who had created a timetable for me of all the people I had arranged to meet for my upcoming task of deciding whether Bath College should become smoke-free.

The Task
Finally, it was time to start my main task of investigating and concluding with recommendations for whether the College should become smoke-free. I needed to be finished by 4 pm to be ready to present my recommendations to Matt and the College’s Chair of Governors. Personally speaking, this was the most exciting and enjoyable part of the day.  It involved me taking up the challenge of hearing others’ opinions from the different areas of the college such as the Estates department and Student Participation, which empowered me to make actual strategic recommendations that could impact the whole college. Moreover, by being given the chance to hear each argument as part of the interviewing process, I had the opportunity to decide and weigh out the positives and negatives for each argument.  This, in turn, would influence the actions of Matt, the Principal himself and others from the board of governors. This made for a very fine sense of achievement; that will never be forgotten. Just knowing I had played a factor in the organisation’s policy felt surreal.


Once my task had been completed, I presented my findings and recommendations to Matt and the Chair of Governors, where I decided to recommend that the ‘college should become smoke-free by 2020’ and that ‘there should be provision to cover and protect the area allocated for bikes from potential damage’.
After my meeting with Matt and the Chair of Governors, my role as acting Co-Principal for Bath College had finished in what had been a thoroughly enjoyable, and empowering day. I could easily say yes to doing this again if the opportunity ever arises.

Since that day, I was honoured with a sense of achievement to hear that shortly after my investigation a strategic meeting was held that considered my recommendations and put forward plans to make the city campus smoke free by September later this year.


To summarise, I am very glad and proud of myself for taking on this wonderful opportunity and would strongly encourage any student to apply for this role. As well as this, I would like to thank the college personally and thank the people involved in setting up this day, and huge thanks for giving me the chance to come here to experience a very different day that was both challenging and fantastic.


Thank you so much Bath College!



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May – lets talk more

Wow this year has really flown by, it’s crazy! I am searching for a student to take over my role as Students’ Union President as well as signing up people for the Students’ Union 2016/17. While I have been chatting to students I have really realised what a great opportunity Bath college has given me. Being  the Students’ Union President has been the best thing I have ever achieved. I have learnt so much about life and myself. It has given me the confidence boost I really needed and learning skills I already thought I had; even little things like writing formal emails to big things like chairing meetings to organising trips and events. I hope to pass all this on to another student like me, I look forward to them benefiting from this amazing opportunity like I have.
Other than recruiting a new team I have been working with Tess and helping her with her Mental Health Awareness month campaign. We held an event called ‘Chalk and Talk’ we got students to help us draw/write all over the path out the back of the college. Students loved it; there were some great pieces of work. It really got staff and students talking about Mental Health and having a positive look on to what we were doing.  She set up a Welfare festival which went so well! We had an ice cream van, free stress balls, stalls and sumo suits. Everyone got together and took the time to #talkbathcollege it was great to see so many students getting involved on the day, including the music students who played sets throughout the festival. You did a great job!  As part of the mental health awareness month I have been giving out compliments and leaving a sheet for students to take a compliment. Everyone needs to learn to accept and like compliments.
We have had our first GCSE exam this month, the team and I have been out wishing the students good luck and handing out water and fruit to those taking the exams. We are also going to repeat this after half term with the other GCSE exams.
And its half term again! You lot have a good week off. Those taking their exams when you come back don’t forget to take a break during that heavy load of revision!

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April – walkies

After a crazy busy month we have just got back from a lovely 2 week Easter break.  Day one back and we are getting straight back into the swing of it.


I have set up a re-charge centre where students can charge their electronic devices outside the college shop. This gave me a chance to talk to students about the Student’s Union nominations, trips and ideas.
We have been talking about a new online voting system for students to get their ideas to us.  Students would be able to submit an idea, other students could then vote on it,  the ideas with the most votes will then come to us to make happen!  So there has been a lot of meetings, ideas, planning and designs relating to that.  It’s all very exciting, you guys are going to love it!
WE ARE GOING TO AIR HOP!! you asked for it, so we did it.  29 students got involved in the trip to Bristol’s trampoline park. They all had a great time, including Scarlett and Nick of course.
Our other big event this month was our 13 mile sponsored walk from city centre campus to Somer Valley campus all for charity. Loads of students and staff got together and walked the beautiful valley to each campus taking 6 ½ hours. This is the second time we have done this and looks set to become and annual fundraiser.
Finally, I have made the decision not to run again for Student’s Union President next year, not because of the job its self. I want to pursue a career in youth work. This means it is giving another student the chance to have this amazing opportunity to be Bath College Students’ Union President.



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March – RAG


March has been crazy busy! Two weeks of RAG (Raise and Give) fundraising for a brilliant charity called Time is Precious. Some of the team and I over Somer Valley went to the extent of having gunk tipped over our heads to raise money!  Great fun but not my favourite day.  We also did a collection in Radstock town centre where we came across the BBC Wiltshire radio bus, nervously we took the opportunity to speak on live radio!!!! The Students’ Union first 60 seconds of FAME for 2016!  RAG week is just some of the fundraising we are doing over the year, so keep an eye out for our fundraising total.
We hosted an NUS conference with a few other colleges at our Somer Valley campus, I really like getting together with other colleges to share ideas and challenges, it was useful for new ideas and to find out how other colleges gather student voice.
Possibly one of our biggest stories of the year was facial palsy awareness week. I have been working closely with a student called Freya who wanted to do a stall event for the week to raise awareness of Facial Palsy. As part of the campaign we painted half our faces and got loads of other students involved.  Freya has gone on to do various interviews in the media and has really become an ambassador, read up on what she has achieved HERE
I have been busy organising a new idea called ‘Student Take Over WEEK’ I am planning for students to take over some main roles in the college. I can’t wait to start promoting it and getting students signed up. SO if you think you could be Principal for a day then keep an eye out!



In January some SU members delivered first aid awareness stall which led me to set up a free first aid course for 30 students! The event went so well, I’d like to thank St Johns ambulance for being so amazing and answering all the students’ questions. All the students who got involved were very pleased with their certificates. It’s something we are going to look to do more of next year.
It’s already that time of the year where we start recruiting for new Students’ Union members. I am about to go out and start talking to students, hand out flyers and get people signed up!!
I set up an Easter egg hunt around the college. It was funny watching students scrabble around trying to find the special tickets.
Have a great Easter holiday, eat lots of chocolates and relax. See you after half term!

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February – A sense of pride

February is LBGT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender) month, so the SU decided to mark it this year with our own Pride event.  The SU with help from the Participation Team and E-team funding was able to put on a small event in the Crib to mark the occasion. Many guests were invited including the Mayor of bath, who made a speech to those that attended,.  We had music, stands and freebies to create a great atmosphere for apparently the first Pride event in Bath! Multi coloured ties/ badges were  also given out for supporters including Kingsley to wear with pride! 


February is also Round 2 of Course Reps, I love to hear about the things that have been improved since the last meeting. These meetings have been themed on employability so we spoke about being confident in future plans with getting help to grow skills.


Students got involved in doodle day for autism awareness! I love how students gather together to show their support.


It’s getting to the end of the term and I’m about to go and hand out chocolate hearts to wish students a happy Valentine’s Day from their Students’ Union.


Have lovey break see you next term.


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January – New You?


Happy new year everyone! I hope you have all had a great Christmas break and ready to get stuck back into college! We have dedicated 3 weeks this month to try something new, motivation and health.


I have been standing at doorways from 8.30am giving out motivational quotes to start their day; it was great pleasure making people smile and wishing them a good day.


For a lot of you, you will have made New Year’s resolutions that you are sticking to. Tess and I ran an event called “Float your hopes” we got students to write their hopes for the year on a balloon and let it go! Lots of you also shared your resolutions on our chalk board, some busy years’ ahead!


Our SU members Ann-Marie and Lawrence ran a First Aid awareness stall to promote the basic first aid to students. It was shocking the amount of students that don’t know the basic first aid which could save lives.


We held a Re-fresher’s fair this month based on a “New Year, New Me” we held this event in our try something new week. We promoted sports, societies, student services, events and ideas. It was great to see so many students getting involved! Our SU members Louie and Henry ran a 3D modelling stall to for other students to try something new.


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It’s the month of Christmas and almost the end of term!  Wow hasn’t it gone quickly! It has been crazy, I’m sure we are all looking forward to a break. This month hasn’t been as busy. The Student’s Union attended the employability X-mas fest, it was great to see so many students get involved and showing their work off.


I have done a big promotion on NUS Student discount cards. The look on student’s faces was a picture when they found out about the crazy deals they could get with this new card! 80% of students rated their NUS Extra card 8 or more out of 10!! Get yours here www.nus.org.uk


It’s the end of term and everyone is heading home for Christmas. I am about to go out and wish students a very merry Christmas with a candy cane from their Students’ Union.


Have a lovey Christmas




November – Pied off


November already, time is flying by. Pretty much every day I have been out of the office doing Students’ Union tutorials. So far I have spoken to 744 students about the Students’ Union and participation, I have loved going out and chatting to everyone! Hope to see you all getting involved in the future.


Fundraising was a big theme this month with Children in Need. Childcare students and Scarlett worked really hard and raised over £1000 for the cause. It was great fun; I went round with a group of them and helped raise money in the street collection. I also volunteered myself to be pied in the face with shaving foam; not so fun but funny for others.


The team have been getting together and discussing what we are going to do in the future. As a team we set ourselves targets for the year to meet which hopefully reflects what you would like us to be doing.


November is also anti – bullying month so we helped mark this and promote it around campus. Tess started blue Tuesday (CCC) and blue Wednesday (SVC) for an anti-bullying campaign.


Lots planned for December even though its a short month but at least that means CHRISTMAS is soon!




October – Elections Season

It’s been another busy month with a real focus on learner voice, starting with the SU elections. We have elected new members to the Students’ Union at city campus and a whole new team over at Somer Valley campus.


New members elected for city campus are:

Ann-Marie Harding – Open Portfolio

Lawrence Allen – Open Portfolio

Danny Basson – Media & Promotions

Mohamed Bourhfir – International Officer


The new team at Somer Valley are:

Briony Morris – Vice President

Alice Green- Events Officer

Roxy Vinning – Sports and societies Officer

Louie Richardson- equality and diversity Officer

Emma stellijes – Open Portfolio Officer

Tevin Mdoinya- Open Portfolio Officer

Henry Pratt – Media and Promo Officer


I would like to say a big well done to those who won the elections and are now Bath College Students’ Union 2015/16! I look forward to getting to know you all and sharing this experience with you.


Over the month I have chaired the first round of course rep training and meetings, it went really well. It was all new to me as well as the new reps, so it was great to get stuck in and hear what you think.  We have changed the way we go about the meetings this year to make them more student led, now the students set the agenda and run the meeting. The students had some great points across the departments and I will now be working to try and make some of these happen.


Over the month I have been doing Students’ Union tutorials across college to raise the profile of the SU and to make sure that students understand how the SU and Participation team can benefit them in many ways.  Hopefully I have been around to see you group but if not let me know.


Finally we also ran our first Question of the Month of the year.  It’s a great way for us to get a quick bit of feedback and gives me a good opportunity to get around and talk to as many students as possible.


Click HERE to see the results






September – Brand New


As the new academic year gets underway, we’re pleased and excited to announce the brand new Bath College Students’ Union blog, along with our brand new Students’ Union team! I’m going to start with thanking those who took the time to vote in last May’s elections, where myself and 5 others were elected. For those who weren’t here last year this is your Student’s Union team so far…


Kez Hawkins- President

Pete Day – Vice President

Dan Collier- Sports and Societies Officer

George Friend- Equality and diversity Officer

Musa Baruwa- Events Officer

Lewi Hall – HE Officer


Those of you who are new and went to the induction at the forum, would know that we all took part in talking to over 800 students, which was totally nerve racking! My hands were shaking! By the end of the week having spoken twice in front of 800 students,  and over at Somer Valley with a smaller crowd, my nerves had calmed, no longer shaking anyway!


Over the summer the Participation Team worked extremely hard organizing Fresher’s fair over both campuses. I hope you enjoyed it and got some free pizza! Hopefully now you have a better understanding of what is around bath and what is available to you at college. The gladiator ring went down well with all students at city center and the surf simulator at Somer Valley had big competition to see who could stay on the longest! It was great to watch, I met so many new faces and hopefully you’re all still wearing your Students’ Union wrist bands.


Although September has been busy I really enjoyed doing the chalk board activities where I found out loads about what students want to achieve by the time they leave Bath College. It was really enlightening to see your aspirations for the year.


September has been a crazy one, but look forward to meeting many more of you over the next few months.



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