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Mayor of Bath opens new Advice and Representation Centre

2010年11月6日

On Saturday 6 November the Students’ Union will hold an official opening of its new Advice and Representation Centre in the University of Bath’s new £5.5m Student Centre.

The centre will be opened by Councillor Shaun McGall, Learning & Teaching Development Officer at the University. He has a special history with the Students’ Union, having worked in advice and academic representation from 1999 until 2005. 

The new Advice and Representation Centre will offer students support and representation on all academic, personal and welfare related issues.

Academic Representation is one of the key areas of its work,  supporting and improving the academic experience of all students and ensuring the student voice is heard both on an individual and collective level.

The centre will also help with housing issues, including housing contracts, running housing forums with the University and assisting students with housing difficulties. Advice is also offered on issues such as safe drinking, healthy living, managing stress and personal safety.

Past students who campaigned for the new student centre are invited, as well as current students and staff, and all stakeholders of the Students’ Union.

Mayor of Bath Cllr Shaun McGall said: “Given my long association with higher education in the city and my choice of ‘Town and Gown’ as my theme for the year, I am delighted to officially open the new Advice and Representation Centre at the heart of the new Student Centre. 

“It is great that the Students’ Union and the University are investing in the academic, personal and general welfare needs of their students.  With thousands of students living in the private rented sector within our city, access to professional advice and support on housing issues is crucial. 

“It’s great that the new Centre works with so many key stakeholders in the city from the Police, letting agencies, Fire and Rescue Service and of course the Council to ensure students are given all the advice, information and support they need when they move off-campus into our residential communities.”

The Advice & Representation centre supports student-led campaigns that focus on key issues that affect students at University.

The first of a series of ‘THINK’ weeks will take place Monday 29 November to Friday 3 December and will focus on sexual health, mental health and wellbeing, alcohol and drug use and housing safety.  This will tie in with World AIDS Day (1 December) and the University's Housing Forums which are held for first year students to give them important information about moving into the private sector.

Carol Lacey, Advice and Support Co-ordinator at the Students’ Union, said: “This has been a great opportunity to show that representation and student welfare are central to the role of the Students' Union and are so easily accessible to all in the new student centre. It’s fantastic to have the Mayor open the centre officially, especially with his history in working in these areas.”

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