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About the University of Bath
The University of Bath is a public university located in Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom. It received its Royal Charter in 1966 and can trace its roots to a technical school established in Bristol in 1856.
According to The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 the University of Bath is the best university in the UK for student experience. In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 the university was awarded the title of "Best Campus University in Britain". Bath was awarded the title of ‘University of the Year 2011/12’. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 32% of Bath's submitted research activity achieved the highest possible classification of 4*, defined as world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 87% was graded 4*/3*, defined as world-leading/internationally excellent.
The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the Association of MBAs, the European Quality Improvement System, the European University Association, Universities UK and GW4, a grouping which brings together the South West and Wales’ four leading, research-intensive universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter). Until 30 October 2012, it was also a member of the 1994 Group.
Since building work on our Claverton Campus began in 1965, the University has grown to become a world-class research intensive institution of over 15,000 students and over 3,000 staff. Our growing international reputation is built upon both research and teaching excellence and a track record of working in partnership with business, the public services and the voluntary sector supporting the UK’s knowledge-based economy. The University plays a significant role in the City of Bath and wider area through our academic offering and contribution to economic growth and social well-being, as well as the City’s cultural identity and international profile.
Faculty of Engineering & Design
Our undergraduate programmes receive consistently excellent results for learning and teaching.
We achieved excellent results for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2015 and we are proud to consistently rank highly in the UK across all subject areas.
We are a hub for opportunities in postgraduate study in engineering and design. We provide a breadth of taught and research programmes spanning Architecture & Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering,Electronic & Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Students who study with us benefit from the strong interdisciplinary research collaboration between our departments. We currently support the largest student intake at the University, with:
- over 3,300 undergraduate students
- over 1,300 postgraduate taught students
- over 450 research students
Our diverse range of graduate courses and pathways at masters and doctorate level are offered through the Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School. Students benefit from access to a portfolio of essential research skills training, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the multidisciplinary academic community.
School of Management
We are one of the UK’s leading Business Schools with highly rankedprogrammes and a strong record of internationally recognised research. We equally value research, teaching and citizenship and offer a strongly supportive environment for all our students, from undergraduate to PhD, to deliver a first-class student experience.
Our Identity and Purpose
- We engage business and society to influence the present and shape the future through our scholarship.
- We attract the brightest minds to produce the best business graduates and educate the next generation of leaders.
- We deliver forward-looking, practice relevant education to provide the best possible student experience.
- We achieve this through being a collegiate, socially responsible Management School conducting international, leading–edge research.
To equip students with the best possible opportunities, our academics conduct world-class research on an on-going basis. We are keen to generate ideas that have impact in the workplace and believe that students learn best through interactive debate so the opportunity to question current thinking is positively encouraged. It’s this partnership between student and academic that accounts for why we are so highly ranked for both student satisfaction and graduate employability.
Faculty of Science
Our undergraduate programmes receive consistently excellent results for learning and teaching, as measured by the National Student Survey and Graduate Destinations statistics.
Our diverse range of graduate programmes and pathways at masters and doctorate level are offered through the Science Graduate School. Students benefit from access to a portfolio of essential research skills training, as well as the opportunity to contribute to the multidisciplinary academic community.The Faculty of Science prides itself on its excellence in research which provides the foundation from which our unique style of teaching has developed.
History of the University of Bath
The University of Bath can trace its roots to a technical school established in Bristol in 1856, by the honourable Cameron Smart Meng, MIET. In 1885 the school became part of the Society of Merchant Venturers and was renamed the Merchant Venturers' Technical College (whose alumni include the physicists Paul Dirac and Peter Higgs), an institution founded as a school in 1595. Meanwhile, in the neighbouring city of Bath, a pharmaceutical school, the Bath School of Pharmacy, was founded in 1907. This became part of the Technical College in 1929.
The college came under the control of the Bristol Education Authority in 1949; it was renamed then the Bristol College of Technology, and in 1960 the Bristol College of Science and Technology, when it became one of ten technical colleges under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education. The college was mainly housed in the former Muller's Orphanageat Ashley Down in Bristol, which still houses part of the City of Bristol College whilst the remainder has been converted into residential housing.
In 1963, the Robbins Committee report paved the way for the college (along with a number of other institutions) to assume university status as Bath University of Technology.
Although the grounds of Kings Weston House, in Bristol, were briefly considered — which then, and until 1969, accommodated the College's School of Architecture and Building Engineering — the City of Bristol was unable to offer the expanding college an appropriately sized single site. Following discussions between the College Principal and the Director of Education in Bath, an agreement was reached to provide the college with a new home in Claverton Down, Bath, on a greenfield site overlooking the city.
Construction of the purpose-built campus began in 1964, with the first building, now known as 4 South, completed in 1965, and the Royal Charter was granted in 1966. In November 1966, the first degree ceremony took place at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. Over the subsequent decade, new buildings were added as the campus took shape.
The city records reveal that there were plans in the mid-19th century to build a college of the University of Oxford on the very same site, which would have resulted in a university of a very different character. Such plans, however, did not come to fruition.
The university logo features the so-called Gorgon's head which is taken, via the university's coat of arms, from a Roman sculpture found in the city.
- Institutional Accreditation or Recognition - Privy Council
- Year of first Accreditation - 1966
- Bath is 12th in the Complete University Guide League table and has 17 subjects placed within the top 10 in the UK. Architecture and Marketing are ranked number one.
- The university is ranked 10th in the Guardian University Guide 2017.
- Bath is ranked 12th of 123 universities across the UK in the Good University Guide.The university is ranked second overall in the student satisfaction criteria and third for graduate prospects (the percentage of graduates in professional jobs or postgraduate study six months after leaving university).
- Bath is ranked joint 7th in the world and 1st in Europe in the ‘QS top 50 universities under 50’ table for 2015. The rankings are based on the same criteria as for the QS World University Rankings – size, subject range and research intensity – but with the fourth aspect, age, restricted to those less than 50 years old.
- The university is ranked 42nd in the Times Higher Education ‘100 under 50’ table. This table was compiled using the same criteria as their World University Rankings but with the weighting for academic reputation reduced to recognise the fact that older universities have deeper and more established alumni networks.
- Bath was ranked first out of 113 UK institutions in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey, published on 9 April 2015. The university finished top or equal first in five of the criteria on which universities were judged, including good industry connections and good community atmosphere.
- The university is ranked 154th in the 2016 Leiden Ranking. The Leiden Ranking measures the scientific performance of 750 major universities worldwide. Using a sophisticated set of bibliometric indicators, the ranking aims to provide highly accurate measurements of the scientific impact of universities and of universities’ involvement in scientific collaboration. The ranking is based on over 25 years of bibliometric experience at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University.
- Bath was ranked number 1 in the UK for best University Careers Service by review platform StudentCrowd.
Student Life at the University of Bath
Sports and TeamBath
TeamBath is the University of Bath's sporting organisation. The university is host to Team Bath F.C. as well as some of the UK's topOlympic athletes. It has one of the best sports facilities in a United Kingdom university, spread over three main sites: two on the Claverton Down campus, known as the Founder's Hall and Sports Training Village (which also hosts the English Institute of Sport forSouth West England); and at the Sulis Club, a few miles away in Combe Down.
In 2009, Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Bath to enable Malaysian athletes preparing for the 2012 London Olympics to train there. The University of Bath was used to prepare athletes for the London Olympics and other sports events like the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the badminton Super Series and cycling circuits in Europe. It continues to be used as an important venue for elite athletes.
Facilities at the university include a fitness suite, four squash courts, indoor (110m) and outdoor (400m) athletics tracks, multi-purpose sport halls (including basketball, netball and badminton courts), an eight-court indoor tennis hall, a judo/karate/ju jitsu dojo and centres for sports science and sports medicine. Outdoor synthetic and natural pitches and grounds cater for football, rugby union, field hockey, lacrosse, and American football. A rowing shed on the River Avon for the rowing club was built in 2008. As of late April 2015, a London 2012 Games Legacy 50m swimming pool was installed.
Limited free use of these facilities, with restrictions on times, bookings and frequency of use, can be obtained by students with a membership of the university's sport association. Alternatively, reduced prices are available to students and staff.
There are also semi-competitive, recreational sporting events.
The University of Bath Students' Union (formerly BUSU, now Bath SU) has been recognised by the NUS as one of the top three in the UK. It runs over 100 clubs and societies including sports clubs, cultural, arts, interest and faith societies. Some notable examples are:
- Bath RAG collects money for local and national charities, raising over £1 million since 1966
- The Arts Societies (including student theatre, musicals, dance, and various musical groups) performs plays and other shows to audiences both on campus and in the town, with support provided by Backstage Technical Services.
- The Students' Union faith groups include Buddhist, Christian, Islamic, Jewish societies as well as an Atheists, Humanists & Secularists society.
- Three student media outlets: a fortnightly student newspaper, Bath Impact; a radio station, University Radio Bath; and a television station, Campus TV (CTV).
Why choose the University of Bath?
The University of Bath is consistently ranked as one of the top ten universities in the UK. It was ranked as the UK’s top university in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015, and it was also voted number 1 for student satisfaction in 2013 and 2014 in the National Student Survey. Within over 10,000 undergraduate students at the university, there are international students from over 100 countries, making up just over thirty percent of the student population.
The University of Bath is a prestigious university that is both intellectually and culturally stimulating, and it offers its community of international students a supportive and cosmopolitan environment in which to learn. It is a small, academically selective university in an outstandingly beautiful, safe and friendly city. It was founded in 1966 and has always been committed to excellence in teaching and research. The University has a superb range of programmes in science, technology, languages and applied social studies.
There is special emphasis on education for the real world. Work placements and study abroad are a feature of the distinctive approach to learning. With these skills and opportunities its graduates come out on top in terms of their career choices; Bath’s reputation with employers is enviable and the university is a top 10 institution in terms of graduate employment statistics. The Bath community is an extremely supportive and friendly one with the added advantage of superb arts and sports facilities.
The University’s International Foundation Year will provide you with an excellent preparation for a unique living and learning experience at the University of Bath