As Warden of Badock Hall I have tried to develop the ethos of the community in such a way that it offers a friendly atmosphere for first year students to enjoy as they settle into University life. With my team of senior resident tutors we look after the pastoral needs of the students under our care. I can be readily available to meet anyone who has concerns they may wish to discuss. In addition to the role of Warden, I am a Teaching Fellow in French within the School of Modern Languages.
Badock Hall offers a comfortable environment for first year students in a diverse community where friendships can flourish and academic prowess can be stretched to its full potential. Standing in its own wooded campus in Stoke Bishop, a delightful area of Bristol to the north west of The Downs parkland, the Hall is easily accessed from the M5 motorway, exit Junction 18 at Avonmouth or Junction 17 at Cribbs Causeway. Our travel information page will be helpful.
The accommodation at Badock Hall is mainly in 10 multi-storey buildings nestled into the hillside, plus two small units one of which is specially adapted to address the needs of users with mobility difficulties, close to the Main Building.
The main building in the centre of the campus provides a venue for all the social activity in Hall, with the JCR Common Room and famous Gemini Club Bar being the focal points for entertainments throughout the three terms. We encourage our students to organise sports fixtures, drama, music and other social events with the advice and assistance of the SCR and the Hall staff.
There is plenty of opportunity for exercise, with tennis courts and squash courts on campus and the University playing fields at Coombe Dingle less than a mile away. In addition the Downs are close by with the sports pitches used for Intramural Sports - this is also a great place to share a training run or enjoy jogging with a group of friends. Stoke Bishop really is the ideal home base in your first year.
Supporting the environment is very high on our agenda, so we are proud that our efforts to come top in the Switch Off campaign run by the University Sustainability Team in 2012 were rewarded with every corridor in Hall receiving free tubs of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. This recognised the marked reduction in power usage the Hall achieved in the early part of the year.
Life is what you make it - and at Badock Hall is never dull!