Bath Spa Award: The Lowdown


What is it?
You might have heard people talking about the Bath Spa Award, and so probably asked yourself two obvious questions… what exactly is the Bath Spa Award? And why is it worth undertaking?

Have a minute? Great, then let’s talk you through it.

The Bath Spa Award was created so you can gain official accreditation for the extracurricular strengths and skills you’ve gained alongside your degree. Here at Bath Spa, we know our students are involved with all sorts of volunteering, part-time work and activities, so we wanted to make sure these achievements were recognised. If you’re a second-year, third-year or postgraduate student, you’re eligible!

In a nutshell, the Award:

  • Recognises achievements such as positions within clubs and societies, voluntary work, paid jobs outside of uni and your dedication to networking with employers
  • Provides a unique opportunity to build on essential skills for your future career
  • Gives you a chance to form friendships with like-minded students



What do people say about it?
“The Bath Spa Award definitely motivated me to take those extra opportunities and I’m really proud I’ve got it. A lot of the work and volunteer hours were things I was doing anyway as part-time jobs. It’s a good way to assess the things that I wanted to work on and think, ‘I’ve actually managed to do that!’”  
Matilda Karabina, BA (Hons) Creative Writing

“One of the most beneficial things about the Award was choosing the skills you wanted to cover. I wanted to cover leadership, so I was able to get experience and prove that I had worked on my leadership skills.”
Amy Lamborn, BA (Hons) Education Studies with Media Communications



What do I have to do?
There are seven different steps to gaining the award – but don’t be daunted, it sounds more work than it really is. You’ll probably find that you’ve already done more than you think once you get started!

  • Get Thinking (recognise two skills you want to improve)
  • Get Informed (attend two Careers workshops)
  • Get Experience (100 hours of work experience)
  • Get Digital (show your experience of digital skills)
  • Get Networking (have two face-to-face and one online interaction with employers)
  • Get Advice (book a 20-minute guidance appointment)
  • Get The Award (attend our assessment centre event)

Each section is aimed specifically to ensure you have all the essential skills you’ll need to be a success in the workplace. Don’t worry: if ever you feel like you’re struggling or don’t quite know how to complete a section, feel free to get in touch with one the Bath Spa Award team via our Ask A Question service or by emailing



Great! How do I sign up?
If you head to and sign in with your BSSU student details, you’ll be taken straight to My Career’s Bath Spa Award information section. Simply click on the registration form link, fill it out and submit – it’s as simple as that. Within several days you should receive an email from the Bath Spa Award team, confirming your place.

What are you waiting for? Get signed up today!



Placements: who we are & what we do


Firstly, let us introduce you to the small but perfectly formed Placements team here at Bath Spa University:


Jamie Bradbury


Jamie Bradbury (Placements Manager) has been at Bath Spa for a combined total of eight years – spending four of them as a student and then three in the Careers and Enterprise team, working his way up from Placements Administrator. He’s a huge fan of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and attends the London Film & Comic Con every year. In his role as Placements Manager it is his responsibility to engage with employers, academics and students to support placement modules as well as our own internal placement schemes. He is likely to pop up in seminars throughout the first term to provide you with the tools to find a placement and answer any questions you may have.


Ella Matthews


Ella Matthews (Placements Coordinator) has been with the Careers and Enterprise team for 10 months, and prior to this lived and worked in London. After relocating to Bath, she knew she wanted to work somewhere she had happy memories, and Bath Spa was the perfect choice: Ella graduated from here in 2011. She enjoys keeping fit, boring all her colleagues with tales of the gym and completed the Battle of Lansdown earlier in the year. As Placements Coordinator she supports Jamie with the work he does through the curriculum as well as being the first point of call for student queries. She holds drop-in twice a week in Steward’s Lodge.


Not only do we provide you with the groundwork to enable you to find your own placement we also run three paid (at least National Minimum Wage) schemes throughout the year that offer opportunities to second- and third-years, as well as recent graduates:

  • Running from September, the Graduate Internship Programme provides three- or six-month roles to this year’s graduates. Previous roles have included Marketing, Publishing and Art.
  • From November onwards, we have the Santander Internship Programme, which is open to this year’s graduates and those who have graduated within the past two years. These are opportunities working in small and medium-sized organisations. Last year we had opportunities with Sales Coaching Solutions, Natural Beverage Company and Somerset FA.
  • Finally, we have the Summer Placement Scheme. Advertising from March for the following summer, these positions are open to second-and third-year students. We have six- to 12-week placements in a range of roles, from Psychology Research Assistant to Junior Motion Designer.

You can even find your own opportunity for us to part-fund if there is a specific company you want to work for. If this is something you’d like to consider, please get in contact.

Not only do we support various placement modules and our own internal schemes, but we also help run various events throughout the year. New for 2016 is the Careers & Opportunities Fair, Newton Park and Sion Hill networking events and a Placements Pop-Up! We will also still be running our regular ‘How to find a placement/internship’ workshops and Steward’s Lodge drop-in sessions. More information on these can be found on My Career.

You can contact the team by email or phone throughout the year on 01225 876638 or



Careers consultants: who we are & what we do


As your Careers Consultants, we’re a key part of the Bath Spa Careers team. We’re here to support you with every aspect of your career planning, and to help you successfully progress from University onto your next step – whatever that may be!

We work with courses across the university to help make our graduates as employable as possible, as well as providing extracurricular support in a whole variety of ways.

We run a programme of informal workshops throughout the academic year at both Newton Park and Sion Hill, covering everything from writing CVs that wow employers, holding your own in assessment centres, through to building contacts to help you in a creative career. You can find out more about our workshops and book your place via My Career.

If you’ve got a question for us, click here to submit it – you can even attach documents such as CVs and personal statements for us to review and provide feedback on. One of us will get back to you within five working days.

If you’re in need of some more personalised support or guidance, you can book a 1:1 appointment with us. These last 40 minutes, and if you’re not able to see us in-person, can be carried out over the phone or via Skype. We can help you generate career ideas and refine them into a clearer plan of action, or offer advice on more specific queries such as applications for jobs or further study. If your query is less complex, you might find it more appropriate to book a ‘Quick Query’ 15-minute slot instead. If you’d like to see what slots we have available, click here.

All of our Careers Consultants are professionally qualified, and you can find more about us below:


Kimberley Russell


Kimberley is the Careers Consultant for Bath Business School, the Digital Academy Field and Postgraduate Courses within the Institute for Education , and has been part of the team since July 2013. She has a background in sales, admin, logistics, customer service and a degree in BA (Hons) Interactive Media Production. If Kimberley were an animal, she’d be a lion, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a ginger nut.


Emma Carlisle


Emma is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Culture & Environment and The Graduate College (Corsham Court) Her background involved working with young people and schools in a range of community settings; she joined Bath Spa Careers in November 2014. She has a BSc in Environmental Science plus an MSc in Science Communication. Her spirit animal is a meerkat, and she’d be a Jammy Dodger if she had to be a biscuit.


Vivien Yorke


Vivien is the Careers Consultant for the Field of Writing & Performance, and The Bath School of Art & Design, joining the team in November 2014. She has a degree in BSc (Hons) Psychology and a Masters degree in MSc Occupational Psychology, as well as a background in social research. If she were an animal, Vivien would be an elephant, and if she were a biscuit, she’d be a bourbon.


Amy Haines


Amy works two days per week with Bath Spa Careers, and became a Careers Consultant in September 2016. Prior to this, she worked within our team for nearly two years as Graduate Opportunities Officer, seeking out the best roles for our graduates. She works with the undergraduate programmes within the Institute for Education and has a degree in BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics. Amy has always been compared by her friends to ‘Tigger’ for her boundless energy and would be a party ring if she were a biscuit, as she likes any excuse for a get-together!