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Bath Spa University Introduction are the campuses like?Sion Hill campus Sion Hill campus is the main base for the Bath School of Art and Design. Sion Hill is in the Lansdown district of Bath - a residential area of the city renowned for its architecture, and within walking distance of the city centre. A recent major refurbishment at Sion Hill campus means that specialist facilities and resources for art and design students are amongst the most modern in the country. There are well equipped studios and workshops: graphic communication studios, electronic media workshops, studios for art, textiles and sculpture, workshops for wood, etching, lithography and silkscreen. You'll also enjoy the friendly community atmosphere at Sion Hill. It's is in a very peaceful setting (despite it closeness to the city centre), and is surrounded by its own attractively landscaped gardens; the site originally belonged to a nineteenth century mansion house, and although the house was destroyed in the war, the ornamental grounds remain. In June each year the site becomes a showpiece of student talent as the School of Art and Design hosts its annual degree show - an event that always draws a large audience from near and far. The School of Art and Design also has a separate teaching centre at The Circus, Bath, and this is where Fashion and Textiles students are based. In addition, there are workshop spaces and facilities at Dartmouth Avenue in the Oldfield Park area of Bath, where much of the Creative Arts programme is based. Student: Alex01Year 2, Study of Religions-"T he fresh, open and beautiful countryside in which the campus is located allows for clear thinking and relaxed studying in grounds where there is a castle, a lake and often sheep and cows! It is a striking, enriching and inspiring location which, for me, is idyllic. I still find it hard to believe that I can sit in a peace pagoda at the lakeside to read, talk, contemplate, write, sing, eat... Simply stunning." Newton Park campusThis is the larger of the two main campuses, where all courses and subjects except Art and Design are located. There can't be many universities in the UK that can rival this unique setting. It's an amazing parkland estate (leased from the Duchy of Cornwall), in an idyllic rural setting - though only four miles from the city of Bath. A mix of history and modernityThere's a nature reserve, a lake with its own lakeside walk, woods, historic listed buildings, and rolling fields. The grounds were designed by the well-known landscape architect Capability Brown in the eighteenth century. As a student you might find yourself studying in the 14th century Castle tower (the oldest building on the campus and a scheduled ancient monument) or in the Creative Writing Centre in the Castle Gatehouse, another scheduled ancient monument, but equipped with the latest computers and audio visual equipment. But it's not all ancient buildings. The campus is a real mix of the old and the new - and the two aspects are sympathetically blended. The modern buildings include a new award-winning Theatre and, a superb purpose-built concert hall, the Michael Tippett Centre - both offering music and arts enthusiasts opportunities to see (and be involved in!) performances and exhibitions.Sports and social facilitiesThere's also a recently refurbished Students' Union that forms the hub of social activity on campus. The SU has a 30 station fitness gym, and there are sports pitches on-site for rugby, football and hockey. Many of the University's sports clubs are affiliated with local clubs in the community (a good way of getting to know the locals). Sports clubs are open to all students and there are 12 teams competing regularly. Development plans There are plans to implement a major building programme on the Newton Park campus, starting in 2012. The developments are very exciting and will provide superb new facilities for students from all disciplines, with additional specialist digital and studio resources for students planning to work in the broad range of creative and cultural industries. The plans include new academic/learning space and facilities; new social space; and new residential accommodation for students. 01 Main House, Newton Park campus02-03 Drawings of the new campus development04 Refectory at Newton Park campus05 Sion Hill campus06 Lake at Newton Park0203050406

The University has a good record of environmental performance and improvement: We've achieved a Platinum award under the national EcoCampus scheme, along with the international environmental management quality standard ISO 14001. We've achieved our highest rank so far in the Green League table - 11th position out of 133, up 51 places from the previous year. We're now recycling over 60% of our waste on campus, and are on target to increase this to 70% in another year. There's a Carbon Reduction Management Plan in place to enable us to achieve 50% reduction in our carbon emissions by 2020. We promote an awareness of the environment and best environmental practice through our courses where possible. We make no use of animals in our teaching and research other than the observation and monitoring of mammals and birds in their natural habitats for conservation purposes. Bath Spa University Introduction 08 / 09 How can I be an eco-warrior?Students and staff share a strong environmental ethos and are very aware of their responsibilities to achieve sustainability and help reduce climate change. There's a whole range of initiatives, whether or not you live in halls on campus - students are expected to observe good environmental practices both inside and outside the University. This could be by making best use of public transport, cycling and car-sharing; recycling as much waste as possible; reducing our CO2 emissions by saving energy; saving water. Good ways to save money as well as helping save the planet!01 Newton Park campus02 Lake at Newton Park campusThere are plenty of ways you can get involved to help 'do your bit' for the environment. You could even join our team of staff and student Environment Champions.Student: Neale WarrYear 2, BSc Environmental Science- "I chose to study at Bath Spa University because of the beautiful surroundings and peaceful location. The campus maintains and achieves high levels of recycling and strives to improve these levels each year and is succeeding. I study Environmental Science and love the fact that we can use all of the campus for our studies and we can conduct our experiments and observations using a wide range of environments. There is a variety of wildlife and ecosystems on campus that make Bath Spa University unique and one of the best Universities to study Ecology, Environmental management, Biodiversity and Conservation, Environmental change, River Management and Waste Management on your doorstep and carry out Field Ecology and Ecological Assessments."Main DrivewayCastleStudent's UnionMain HouseTwivertonLibraryMichael Tippett CentreUniversity Theatre010203040503 Main House04-05 Environmental champions