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The University Outreach Van can be used by any member of University of Bath staff for the purpose of outreach or public engagement. 


The van can be used for transporting of equipment to schools, science fairs, community events. The van is ply lined and it has a solid bulkhead so can be used to transport boxes of equipment, spectrometers, chemicals (with appropriate risk assessments), cylinders (with appropriate risk assessments) and cryogenics (with appropriate risk assessments). It is possible that the van can be used for non-outreach/public engagement activities but there will be a charge. 


Outreach/public engagement activities - use of the van is free. If you are attending a WP target school (a list of which can be found here) or an event where WP students are attending the Widening Participation Office will fund the cost of fuel (budget depending) otherwise fuel will need to be paid for by the individual department. 

Non outreach/public engagement activities - The use of the van is 30p per mile, you will also need to fund your own fuel.


You must book the van 48 hours before you require it. If you need the van within the next 48 hours then please contact Michelle at or 4709. 

You can book the van for whole days or a number of hours. (To book by the hour change the view on the booking form to day or week view.) You will be able to collect the keys on the first day of your booking and you must return them before 10am on the day after your booking ends.

You can use the van for 5 days maximum (this may be reduced at busy times) and if you are using the van over the weekend we expect you will collect the keys on Friday and return them on Monday. 

Risk Assessments:

You will need to produce your own risk assessments for the usage and transportation of your equipment. A generic risk assessment for van use can be found at... 

Details of the van

Make/model:    VW Transporter

Registration:    WO15 OXL

Transmission:   Manual

 Other details:

More details and sizes of the van can be found here

Reserve the van:

Details of how to reserve the van can be found on the how-to page