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Student Learning Associates Programme

Got an idea for improving your learning experience?

We'll provide the funding, training and support to make it happen! 

The Students’ Union is working in partnership with the University, with funding from the Teaching Development Fund, to support student-led projects to enhance learning and teaching activity at the University. The Student Learning Associates project provides the support, training, funding, and reward opportunities to enable students to improve their experience.

Any student, or small group, can apply to be a Learning Associate – you’ll need enthusiasm, commitment, a desire to learn, and an idea. If you don’t have an idea don’t worry, read on to find out more on how you can develop one.

Applications for 2016/17 academic year

Applications for the 2016/17 academic year are now open. Download an application form through the 'Apply Now' button - If you have any questions regarding the scheme, an idea, or the application process then please do get in touch. The second round of applications (for smaller scale projects) closes on the 28th February.


As a Learning Associate you will have the opportunity to run your own project, looking at a specific aspect of learning and teaching and how to improve it.

Projects will vary greatly. There is no fixed format for a project idea, although you will need to focus on a specific issue or idea, perhaps basing the project on your degree programme or department/faculty.

Projects will run over the 2016/17 academic year, although exact timings are flexible between each project.

What support will I get?

Learning Associates will be well supported by a University staff mentor, paired specifically with their project. In addition there will be ongoing support throughout the project from the SLA project leader, Faculty Student Experience Officers (SEOs), staff in the Students’ Union Advice and Representation (ARC) Centre, as well as bespoke training sessions designed just for Student Learning Associates.

Becoming a Learning Associate is a great opportunity to improve the experience of learning and teaching at Bath, and will open many doors as you develop many of the key skills that employers seek in top graduates.

  • Gain leadership, project management and research skills.
  • Benefit from a bespoke training schedule.
  • Extensive networking opportunities.
  • One-to-one mentoring from a University staff member.
  • Unique experience for your CV.
  • Special team building and reward events available during the year.
  • The time put into the projects will go towards completing the Bath Award.
  • Project funding is available.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!

The application process to become a Learning Associate is outlined below. We welcome applications for any projects investigating enhancements to learning and teaching, whether submitted by an individual or small group.

If you have any questions before submitting your application, or want help developing a project idea, just get in touch.

Completed applications should be sent to


Submit an application


Application consideration

  • Applications will be shortlisted by the SLA Steering Group.
  • All applications will be considered on a rolling basis until January 2017.
  • If you are invited to interview you will be asked to make a short presentation to outline your project idea, followed by some questions from the panel.
  • Full information will be provided in advance of any interview date.

Learning Associates appointed

  • Following any interviews and application feedback, the panel will appoint Learning Associates.
  • Learning Associates will be provided with full support, including a University staff mentor and bespoke training.

The role of a staff mentor

All students accepted onto the SLA scheme are paired with a staff mentor to guide them through the planning and delivery of their event.

The staff mentor is expected to meet with the students and offer guidance, advice, and suggestions on who to contact in the university or elsewhere to effectively run their event.

Staff can be from an academic department or professional or central services – the main requirement is to be available, enthusiastic about the ideas students develop and how to enact them, and willing to give up to an hour a week to meet with them or discuss plans over email.

This is a great opportunity to inspire students, expand learning and teaching beyond the traditional methods, and engage with the University and Students' Union in a new way!

We encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have, including for help with the development of your idea, or to discuss the role of a Learning Associate.

To get in touch with the project leader email



Find out more about applying to be a Learning Associate by emailing