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Fresh Start

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Fairtrade, Students

Welcome to 2016 and welcome back to the University to staff and students! We hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

Here in ahs we're ready and raring to go for a fabulous 2016.

We're kicking things off with a healthy eating campaign, #FreshStart, aimed at getting students to tuck in to the many fruit, veg and salad options in our eateries.

You'll see posters up around campus, on The Parade and around accommodation buildings, promoting the great range of healthy food and drinks available in places like lime tree, Fountain Canteen and Sports Cafe.

We're also running a competition on social media as part of the campaign in which students can win a whole hamper full of healthy snacks and treats.

January has also seen the students working hard revising, preparing for and taking their exams. It's obviously a very important time of their studies and we've been trying to help in any way we can, promoting web content we created with Team Bath to give students advice on how to eat well during the exam period.

At the end of last year, Studentpad - the student accommodation search engine - updated its listings with all the private sector housing for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students looking for private sector housing from September 2016 can come to the West Accommodation Centre and talk to our staff to discuss all things housing-related.

Any queries - whether it's rent, contracts, deposits, where to live, how to budget or anything else - we can help. Visit us Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

We've also been shortlisted for the South West Fairtrade Awards 2016. After winning Gold last year, we're hopeful of repeating our success this time around.

If we do, it will be the perfect way to prepare for the Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations starting on 29 February.

 

Holidays are coming...

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Christmas, Opening hours, Security, Students

Well, the months keep on rolling by! Just where has 2015 gone?

Somehow we're coming to the end of November, and another busy month for ahs.

The Securi-Mo guys are still fundraising for Movember, taking donations online and in the library.

We're seeing Christmas decorations start to appear around campus. We've got them up in the bars and eateries and we're starting to notice a few in the students' windows too, which is always nice to see.

Christmas promotions

We're gearing up for the festive season with a whole range of Christmas offers, snacks, meals and events.

We're booking Christmas parties and lunches for guests, staff and students. We've got special edition, Christmas-themed hot drinks and a treats across our food outlets and we'll be serving up traditional Christmas lunches in lime tree, Fountain Canteen, Wessex Restaurant and Claverton Rooms over the next few weeks.

Meanwhile there will be a bit of a twist on the standard Christmas lunch in Parade Bar & Grill. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.

It all starts on Monday 30 November and these promotions will run for various periods throughout December.

The approach of the Christmas period also means some changes to the opening hours of our bars and eateries. More on that later.

House hunting

While everything on campus is looking very homely and comforting right now, it's also the time of year when students begin to make arrangements for their second year accommodation.

We ran a Housing Forum on Wednesday 18 November and we're running drop-in sessions in West Accommodation Centre until Wednesday 9 December for students to find out about what they need to do to secure housing for September 2016.

Studentpad will release the available homes for next year on 7 December, so these events can be a great help to students at a time when many of them will be looking for their first home in the big wide world.

Christmas opening hours

With Christmas just around the corner, and students due to leave campus and head to their families and friends for the festive period, our bars and eateries will operate reduced hours over the next few weeks.

Opening hours as usual unless otherwise stated.

4 West Cafe

Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December

Weekdays: 8am to 7pm
Weekends: 9am to 4pm

Monday 14 December to Sunday 20 December

Weekdays: 8am to 6pm
Weekends: 9am to 4pm

Monday 21 December to Wednesday 23 December

8am to 6pm

Christmas Eve

8am to 12.30pm

Christmas Day to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January

Weekdays: 8am to 6pm
Weekends: 9am to 4pm

CAFE

Friday 11 December to Friday 18 December

Weekdays: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 3pm

Saturday 19 December to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January

Weekdays: 9am to 5pm
Saturdays: 10am to 3pm

Claverton Rooms

Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Fountain Canteen

Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December

Weekdays: 11.30am to 4pm

Monday 14 December to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January

Weekdays: 11.30am to 4pm

lime tree

Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December

Weekdays: 8am to 10pm
Weekends: 8am to 8pm

Monday 14 December to Wednesday 23 December

8am to 5pm

Christmas Eve to Friday 1 January 2016

Closed

Saturday 2 January to Sunday 3 January

8am to 6pm

Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January

Mondays to Saturdays: 8am to 8pm
Sundays: 9am to 8pm

Parade Bar & Grill

Friday 11 December to Sunday 13 December

Weekdays: 12pm to 11pm. Food served until 9pm.
Weekends: closed

Monday 14 December to Wednesday 23 December

Weekdays: 12pm to 6pm. Food served until 5pm.
Weekends: closed

Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Monday 4 January to Friday 22 January

Weekdays: 12pm to 11pm
Saturdays: 12pm to 11pm
Sundays: 12pm to 10pm

Sports Cafe

Monday 21 December to Wednesday 23 December

8am to 6pm

Christmas Eve

9am to 11am

Christmas Day to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

Wessex Restaurant

Christmas Eve to Sunday 3 January 2016

Closed

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A green autumn

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Fairtrade, Green Week, Security, Students' Union

Well, autumn is well and truly here. After a lovely start to the month, it's all gone rather damp, overcast and cold, but we're not going to let that stop us enjoying life on campus!

There are loads of things that ahs are getting involved with in October and moving into November.

We're supporting the Students' Union with their Go Green Week initiative between Monday 26 and Friday 30 October.

We've given away free munchboxes on the parade, promoted meat-free meal offers, we're running a Fairtrade stall and supporting the SU at the Cycle Cinema event by providing Fairtrade hot chocolate at the event on Friday 30 October.

In addition to that we've been encouraging students to save energy and recycle through the Student Switch Off and Less Landfill, More Planet campaigns across our student residences.

These initiatives run throughout the year and at the end of it, those groups who have saved the most energy and recycled the most waste will win prizes.

This helps to instill an environmental conscientiousness that we hope our students will take with them into their post-University lives.

Also, throughout October we've been celebrating the Great Bath Feast, with special offers in Parade Bar & Grill, Fountain Canteen and Wessex Restaurant. In fact, you can still take advantage of the main course and dessert for £10 offer in Wessex Restaurant until Friday 30 October.

Looking forward to November, a number of our ahs colleagues in the Security team are raising money and awareness for men's health charities as they join the Movember movement.

Dubbing themselves Securi-Mo, the seven security mo-bros are back after their brilliant £600 contribution to the cause in 2014.

We'll be tracking their progress, so keep an eye on @UniBathEvents and @UniBathEat for updates.

You can make a donation through their page on the Movember website, or in the library where Kate Robinson has kindly allowed the guys to put a sponsorship box. You can find that on the security desk near the entrance.

Good luck boys! We'll let you know how they get on in next month's blog.

 

New year, new arrivals

📥  Accommodation, Bars and eateries, Intake, Open Day, Students, Summer

The new academic year is here again and as always it's a time of great excitement and activity in the department and across the University.

We were busy with preparations for an open day on 12 September and the intake of new students over 19 and 20 of September.

On open day, we welcomed thousands of prospective students, as they explored our facilities and found out all about our courses, research, accommodation and other services. Despite the rain showers, we saw plenty of happy faces.

Hopefully we'll be seeing those smiles again next September as many of those visitors move in to their accommodation for the first time as they begin their University career with us, as was the case for thousands of new students on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September 2015.

To see the baton of independence being passed on to the next generation is a wonderful thing to witness, and it's something we're. as a department, particularly proud to be part of, providing the new homes for thousands of new students.

New look for outlets

We've also given some of our bars and eateries a facelift, with Parade Bar & Grill undergoing a total re-brand over the summer, featuring a brand-new menu full of delicious, high-quality, home-made burgers and bar food.

This year we've installed more IPTV screens around campus with the aim of improving student experience with digital menu screens and coverage of the Rugby World Cup in many of our food outlets (Sports Café, lime tree and Parade Bar & Grill).

Keep up to speed with dates and times of match coverage in our venues through our Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Helping students settle in

In the Quads, we're also showing informative, instructional videos which we hope the students will find useful and engaging and answer many common questions.

Those videos cover everything from living in University accommodation and how to use features in The Quads, to highlights of Freshers' Week and advice on what to do in their first few weeks of University.

Eateries opening hours

The new academic year also means that our eateries are back to their usual business hours.

4W Cafe

Monday - Friday: 8am-7pm
Weekends: 9am-4pm

Closed on Bank Holidays.

CAFE

Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm.

Claverton Rooms

Monday - Friday: 11.30am-5pm.

Closed weekends.

Fountain Canteen

Monday - Friday: 11:30am-7pm

lime tree

Monday - Friday: 8am - 11pm
Saturday: 9am - 11pm
Sunday: 9am - 10pm

Parade Bar & Grill

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 10pm
Saturday: 12pm - 11pm
Sunday: 12pm - 10pm

Sports Café

Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
Weekends: 9am - 5pm

Wessex Restaurant

Monday - Friday: 12pm - 2:30pm

Times at which food and drink is served from counters within the venues may differ from the venue opening hours.

 

August Bank Holiday opening hours

📥  Bars and eateries, Conference, Guest accommodation, Opening hours

The August 2015 Bank Holiday weekend is just around the corner, and will be followed by a University holiday on Tuesday 1 September 2015.

That means there will be some changes to our bars and eateries' opening hours over the Bank Holiday period.

Don't worry though. There are still plenty of places to head for a quick drink or bite to eat.

Sports Cafe

In the Sports Training Village, Sports Cafe will be open but the hours of business will be slightly different to normal.

Bank Holiday Monday

  • 9am-3pm, with hot food available until 2pm.

Tuesday 1 September

  • 8am-7pm, with hot food available until 6pm.

lime tree

Elsewhere, lime tree will operate a reduced service. The venue will be open from 7am-11pm as per the current summer opening hours, however some counters will be closed, or will open at different times.

Bank Holiday Monday

  • Pasta and pizza: closed
  • Bar: closed
  • Cafe: 8am-12 noon.

Tuesday 1 September

  • Pasta and pizza: closed
  • Bar: closed
  • Cafe: 8am-1.30pm
  • Hot food: 7am-12 noon.

Food Direct

Tuesday 1 September

  • 10.45am-2.45pm.

Full closures

Claverton Rooms, 4W Cafe, and CAFE will be closed over the Bank Holiday until Wednesday 2 September.

Wessex Restaurant and Parade Bar are currently closed for the summer and will re-open on Saturday 12 September.

Fountain Canteen is also closed for the summer and will re-open on Thursday 6 September for the visit of Ride Across Britain.

More information about our bars and eateries is available on the website.

 

You know what we did this summer

📥  Accommodation, Conference, Summer

Members of the AHS team standing together casually

 

This summer, and every summer, AHS becomes a hive of activity.

As we wave goodbye to the students in June, we have almost 3000 empty rooms in the city and on campus.

Rather than waste that space, we change from a student service, to a commercial service, generating money for the University outside of the academic year. AHS effectively becomes Bath's biggest budget hotel and hostel accommodation each summer.

We go into overdrive, welcoming bed and breakfast guests, conferences and summer schools throughout the summer months.

Whether it's families on a weekend away, backpackers from abroad travelling in the UK or stag and hen parties in the city for a celebration, we open our doors to the world and enable them to explore and enjoy the city of Bath while staying in affordable accommodation.

This year we've launched an advertising and media campaign across the south west and developed social media accounts to help raise awareness and reach more potential customers with our products.

The students return in September, but that doesn't mean we're winding down for the rest of the summer.

Just last week we played host to the Modern Pentathlon European Championships, welcoming competitors, officials and fans alike to our campus and accommodation. The events all took place in the Sports Training Village with our friends over at Team Bath key to organising this incredible event.

This premier athletic event and logistical wonder took place on campus from Monday 17 August to Sunday 23 August. And that's not the only sporting presence that we'll have on campus this year.

The Rugby World Cup takes place in England this coming September and October, and the Australian Rugby Union team will be using the University of Bath as a training base throughout their campaign.

It's going to be very exciting to have such high-level competitors with us over the next few weeks and we're honoured to have them here, especially as Bath is such a rugby city. But it's not just sporting heavyweights that we've hosted this summer.

The University has welcomed many conference delegates over recent months, from industries and areas of study as diverse as Mathematics in Education and Industry to naval engineering symposiums and Chinese teaching in the Western world.

We've also been home to Open University students who have lived here on campus in our accommodation as they continue their studies.

Our accommodation on campus has housed hundreds of teenagers from all over Europe and further afield in the summer schools held on campus.

Each year overseas pupils attending courses run by Ardmore and Target come to the University of Bath to learn English. It's a great opportunity for young people to experience University life and another culture, and it's something we love doing.

We don't stop there though. All year round we're welcoming guests from all over the world to the beautiful city of Bath and to our wonderful University, and you'll be able to keep up to date with all the latest news and updates from us in AHS, right here.

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