Awards and Accreditation

Best Bar None

Best Bar None - Gold Award 2015

The Students' Union has been awarded the Gold Best Bar None National Winner Award for both the Plug & The Tub in 2018. The SU is consistently placed highly in the leading students’ union venues but scoring a remarkable 100% for its assessment and 99% from a mystery shopper saw it gain the top prize. The Best Bar None Award is granted to British alcohol-vending organisations with a long-standing commitment to social responsibility and the safety of people using their premises. It is awarded by NUS Services in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Police. The award was initiated in 2003 and is now a national programme within Students' Unions and other licensed premises.

NUS/UKCISA Internationalised Students’ Union of the Year

In 2015 we were awarded the title of Internationalised Students’ Union of the Year by NUS/UKCISA. With 30% of our student population made up of international students the award recognises the work undertaken by the SU to help and support these students in their inclusion in the University community.

Officer Team of the year 2015

Our 2014/2015 Students’ Union Officer team were awarded the prestigious Officer Team of the Year award at the 2015 NUS Awards. The award highlights the teams work in engaging with and representing all members of the student union as well as their work in highlighting and tackling issues that matter to the University community.

“They demonstrate high levels of student engagement and a commitment to student led change, as well as a strong focus and drive on improving democratic structures and addressing equality and diversity issues” Karen Mellanby, Mind

“They have worked to tackle lad culture and sexual violence and has had a theme of empowerment – in particular tackling race equality, gender equality and LGBT student groups.” Abby Young-Powell, Guardian Education

“Being considered nationally by NUS as the Officer Team of the Year is incredible, and I couldn't be prouder today to lead our Union. The award, however, isn't just about the elected Officers; the work we do isn't possible without the incredible drive and effort of our staff, student leaders and the entire student body.” Jordan Kenny, SU President


"We are proud to continue our work with the Students’ Union, and the diversity and vision they bring to the volunteering opportunities they engage in…it’s a fantastic resource to the 350 organisations we support, bringing remarkable skills to share for the benefit of those to whom the services are being delivered" -  CEO Volunteer Centre, Bath

"I was so impressed by the commitment and passion of the students, and their heart to help so many diverse projects and work in the community" - Mayor of Bath

"I was very pleased to see the high level of morale in evidence, with everyone being enthusiastic in their roles and focussed on achieving their goals. People are obviously happy working in the SU and find ways to work around any problems that come up. It was seen to be a great place to work, with a friendly and professional environment" - IiP assessor 2014

"It was evident that a great deal of knowledge sharing, coaching and peer-support takes place on a day-to-day basis, with discussions and sharing of experiences. The working environment and culture is very inclusive, with a great feel of team-working in evidence, and everyone feeling comfortable working with their colleagues" - IiP assessor.