Stick With the Current Shape of the Academic Year

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The University of Bath is currently considering changing the shape of the academic year, with proposed changes including removing the January assessment period and Inter-Semester Break, reducing the length of the Summer vacation period, increasing the length of Winter and Easter vacation periods, and holding all exams in May and June. More details can be found here.

The vast majority of students seem to be against these changes, but the decision, that will affect the University for decades to come, won't officially be made by us.

The proposed changes would:

  • Greatly increase the amount of stress during assessment, with some students having 8 or 10 exams in a short amount of time.
  • Reduce the length of possible Summer internships or placements, impacting employability.
  • Affect mitigating circumstances for exams.
  • Reduce time for extra-curricular activities by increasing the amount of coursework throughout the year.
  • Require students to revise for modules that they would have completed 5 months before exams.

As it stands, the shape of the academic year provides ample time for relaxation, extra-curricular activities, and Summer internships. For many students, their decision to come to Bath will have been influenced by the current system, and the proposed changes would hugely impact student happiness and well-being.

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