What is the Top Ten?

The University of Bath Students’ Union’s Top Ten is a list of ten priority issues which the Students’ Union will be working with the University on over the year.  This doesn’t mean that the Students’ Union does not work on other issues which arise throughout the year, but instead gives the Students’ Union a clearly defined set of priorities and goals at the beginning of the year to be working towards.  The Students’ Union has been nationally recognised for its Top Ten with Students’ Union Officers and staff presenting at a number of conferences.

Where does the Top Ten come from?

The Top Ten comes directly from feedback given by students at the University of Bath.  Every year the Students’ Union runs its Student Opinion Survey, within this survey two open questions are asked: Tell us what one thing you would like to change about your academic experience e.g. quality of teaching, group work, learning resources and What one thing would you change about your life at university?  These questions provide the Students’ Union with a wealth of feedback on the student experience at Bath and helps to identify issues.

The Top Ten doesn’t just come from results from the Student Opinion Survey, feedback is also gathered through our Academic Representatives at Academic Councils  and Faculty Representatives  at Academic Exec  and the various Students’ Union Executive Committees.  The Students’ Union also takes into consideration results from the National Student Survey, Postgraduate Taught and Research Experience Surveys, and local and national campaigns.

Feedback also comes direct from students talking to your Students’ Union Officers throughout the year and from trends arising in the issues students bring to advisors in the Students’ Union Advice and Representation Centre.

We do all of this to make sure that the Top Ten is reflective of the current issues and needs our students are facing.

What happens once the Top Ten’s been decided?

Once the Top Ten has been decided the Students’ Union Officers work with Students’ Union staff to create an action plan and calendar of actions, breaking down each issue into manageable tasks and timescales.

Students are informed of the year’s Top Ten so that they are aware of what the Students’ Union is working towards during the year ahead.

The Top Ten is also presented to key stakeholders in the University to identify any areas where joint work can be done or where the University can provide support.

Regular updates of successes and areas for further development are recorded and presented online as well as being reported to the Students’ Union’s Board of Trustees.

The Top Ten are also frequently discussed at the Students’ Union Executive Committees throughout the year to ensure that developments are reported back and to gather feedback from students on the work we are doing.


If you have any questions about the Top Ten please contact the Students’ Union Officers suofficers@bath.ac.uk