The SU prides itself on being an inclusive institution – one of our values is to be inclusive. To help our Student Groups with providing an inclusive offer for our diverse membership, we have created the University of Bath Students’ Union Inclusivity Award.

We know that everyone is different, and it is our differences that make our Union great. We have identified student demographics that may experience certain barriers to getting involved in their Students’ Union. By signing up to this Award you are committing to embedding a culture of inclusivity in your Student Group. It doesn’t matter if you are a Society with 30 members or the largest Sport Club; if you are Student Media or part of Enterprise Bath, everyone can make this commitment.

By achieving this Award you can recruit new members to your student group, from a wider range of backgrounds, bringing new ideas and ways of thinking to help you develop and grow. You will also be leading change both in Bath and nationally with a unique and innovative Award for student groups.

This Award is more than just a tick box exercise – we are hoping to create lasting cultural changes in our Student Groups, where inclusivity is embedded in everything you do.

Award Winners 2017/18

Societies - BURBAN, Enactus, Innovation Without Borders, Photo Soc

Volunteering - V Team

Sports - Cheerleading, Dodgeball, Fencing, Women's Football, Hockey, Kickboxing, Latin and Ballroom, Motorsports, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Waterpolo

Diversity and Support Groups - Nightline, LGBT+

Perception of discrimination and/or stereotypes

  • BUGS (Bath University Guides and Scouts) consulted Scouting, Guiding and SSAGO (Student Scout and Guide Organisation) policies to form their own anti-bullying policy which they have displayed clearly on their Bathstudent page.
  • Football delivered all men's competitive players a presentation reminding them of behaviour expectations and avoiding peer pressure, supported Kick It Out, hosted the first round of the FA People's Cup, established their first recreational programme for women and took part in University Mental Health day to challenge the fear of discrimination.
  • Football met with LGBT+ and the SU Sport Officer to work on overcoming barriers, made a public display of support by giving out 100 pairs of free rainbow laces, took part in Kick It Out and wore rainbow laces during Varsity.
  • Gliding created new promotional material showing students with different characteristics to demonstrate that everyone can get involved.
  • Jiu Jitsu ran an exclusive session for LGBT+ members with 12 attending and 2 joining the club as a result.
  • Kickboxing replaced a coach that had received complaints, mostly from female members of the club, and took part in the This Girl Can campaign, running a kickboxing session with approximately 90 attendees, of which 8 became new members.
  • LGBT+ elected their first BME and Bi Reps as well as holding a meeting on bi-erasure, running an online bi-erasure campaign and creating a confidentiality guide for closeted members.
  • RAG provided options for LGBT+ people to take part in their events focusing on romantic relationships with Take Me Out featuring two rounds with a mixed gender panel and Blind Date providing an option for friendship dates for aromantic people.

Lack of role models

  • BREAK held joint training sessions with Warwick, Exeter and Bristol, exposing their members to a wider variety of break dancers and introduced their first ever female teacher in Semester 2 allowing female members to have someone they can more closely relate to.
  • BUGS (Bath University Guides and Scouts) created promotional materials featuring students with different characteristics to demonstrate the range of people in their society and ensured these photos were featured heavily during Refresh Week.
  • Football introduced a new Diversity and Inclusion officer to their committee, specifically to raise the profile of ethnic minorities, and established a buddy scheme in which senior members of the club welcomed and guided younger members.
  • Jiu Jitsu encouraged their female members to attend promotional events such as the University's 50th Celebrations and took part in This Girl Can week bringing in a female instructor where, of the 10 non-members attending, 3 joined the club as a result.
  • The Tabletop Society updated their photos on Bathstudent to show a gender balance and also made sure that a least one female member was at stalls during Freshers' Week and Refresh Week.

Language barriers

  • Gliding created a glossary of terms and published the checklist taught by instructors in early lessons to tackle potential language barriers.

Unused to UK culture

  • V Team held events to celebrate different cultures including a handicraft and painting session, a multicultural market, an Age UK Chinese Sunday Lunch and a charity sale with authentic Hong Kong food whilst also developing a variety of socials including a meal, a trip to Komedia and board game social.

Lack of alcohol-free/non-clubbing events

  • Badminton organised a number of alcohol-free events including a trip to the National Badminton League, a trip to the All England Championship, a Christmas meal, a pizza and film night and a disability day.
  • BREAK organised a number of alcohol-free events and socials including a karaoke social, as trip to Bristol trampoline park and a number of workshops and competitions.
  • BUNSS (Bath University Natural Sciences Society) organised a number of alcohol-free events including a Christmas meal, a BBQ and a careers event.
  • Kickboxing organised a number of non-alcoholic socials including an ice skating social and a film and Nando’s night.
  • LGBT+ organised a number of non-alcoholic socials including coffee mornings, a meal and a BBQ.
  • Mountaineering organised a variety of socials including a trip to AirHop, a board games afternoon, an Antarctica talk and casual pub trips.
  • The Scandinavian Society organised a number of alcohol-free events including a meet and greet, movie nights, coffee and cake gatherings and trips to Bath Film Festival.

Perception of peer pressure and/or sexual harassment

  • Badminton ran two female-only sessions and included information in their socials descriptions about removing peer pressure from socials.

Low self-esteem and/or isolation

  • BREAK have participated in a wide variety of shows and have introduced cyphers (dance circles where one person dances in the centre) into their training sessions to build confidence and self-esteem.
  • BUNSS (Bath University Natural Sciences Society) ensured committee members attended the introductory departmental talk, organised social events to allow people to meet others on their course, worked with peer mentors to create a better support network and established a stronger online presence to tackle feelings of isolation.
  • Karate organised 2 welcome socials for introducing current and new members whilst also organising a range of socials, post-training meals and pair based drills during sessions to tackle isolation.
  • Nightline have used Facebook rather than email for signing up to shifts to make the process feel more informal, publicised the role of their welfare officer and organised more socials to tackle a lack of energy or motivation.
  • V Team ran training sessions to help their members, particularly project leaders, to build their confidence, sent thank you emails to volunteers after every event and particularly recognised those that had put lots of effort into their projects.

Cost or perceived cost

  • Gliding made sure that the costs of learning to fly were clearly displayed on their webpage and promotional materials whilst also using a simulator for students to get a free taster and discussing the cost of training with those interested in joining.
  • Karate organised large kit and equipment orders to reduce costs, subsidised costs further through successfully securing sponsorship, organised free and cheap socials and booked accommodation for BUCS events early to secure a cheaper price.
  • Kickboxing used their budget to pay for transport to the University Kickboxing Championships in Leeds to reduce the overall price to £30, thereby reducing the price by over £50 compared to previous years.
  • Nightline secured money for breakfasts for volunteers, encouraged members to get in touch if they have financial difficulties and organised free and low cost socials including free food events and a film night.
  • RAG provided volunteers with free entry for their Zombies and Fireworks events, subsidised travel to raids and provided free pizza at their first social.
  • The Tabletop Society updated their webpages to make the costs involved in participating clearer.

Timing of events

  • BUGS (Bath University Guides and Scouts) added all their events to the Bathstudent calendar, promoted that they hold events on different days each week and made sure their programme was easily available for all to see on social media.
  • Jiu Jitsu launched an hour long session on Tuesday lunchtimes particularly aiming to attract postgraduate students and have discussed introducing a Postgraduate Secretary onto their committee.
  • Mountaineering organised sessions in evenings and created a 'Bath Postgrad Climbing' Facebook group as well as organising frequent Sunday evening walks, advertising them through the Postgraduate Association to reach postgrads.
  • Mountaineering listed all their upcoming events on their calendar, gave at least a week's notice for all their events and gave a full month's notice for their Christmas trip with a 'save the date' email.
  • Nightline have made their expectation to volunteer once every 3 weeks more flexible for final years and those struggling with personal issues, reached out to those that haven't signed up for shifts and encouraged those that cannot commit to night shifts to join their publicity team.
  • The Scandinavian Society sent out a list of all their events for each semester at the start of the semester through both emails and Bathstudent whilst also giving advanced notice of events through Facebook.

Venue choice

  • Karate paid for a member to become a minibus driver which has helped reduce the time, effort and cost for those wishing to attend competitions.
  • LGBT+ created an accessibility guide for their Bathstudent page which has been commended by Enable as an example of best practice.

Accessibility of information

  • V Team used simple clear language, photos and symbols in all promotional materials, provided information about events and sessions in multiple ways and encouraged their members to approach them if they had any issues.

Lack of focus on employability

  • BUNSS (Bath University Natural Sciences Society) organised a careers event along with a networking event and a webinar to encourage students focusing on employability to get involved in their activities.

How it Works

Undertaking the Bath SU Inclusivity Award is a commitment from you to ensuring all students, no matter their background, are welcomed and able to join your activities:
 
  1. Sign up for the award (email sucommunity@bath.ac.uk) by Friday 13th October 2017 - we will send you all the information you need and assign you a staff mentor soon after you have signed up
  2. Submit your action plan by Friday 27th October 2017
  3. Update your staff mentor on your progress throughout the year
  4. Submit a short summary on your achievements by Thursday 22nd March 2018
  5. Subject to your achievements, you will receive the Inclusivity Award

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