University of Bath

URLs on the University website

The domains we use, how we format our URLs and how you can request an alternative URL for your content.

URL principles

We design our URLs to be user-friendly and to follow a consistent, predictable format.

URLs should be clear and unambiguous. They should be easy to read, type and share.

Our URLs should always:

  • use only lowercase letters
  • use hyphens in place of spaces
  • contain no spaces, underscores or any URL-encoded characters

These standards apply to the bath.ac.uk website and its subdirectories and subdomains. Read more about our URL standards.

Domains and subdomains

Our registered domain name is bath.ac.uk.

www.bath.ac.uk

This is the primary domain. All material in this domain is owned by the University of Bath.

The Head of Content has editorial control, in consultation with the Director of Marketing & Communications.

people.bath.ac.uk

This is the subdomain for personal information created by staff and students.

Other subdomains

We only use other subdomains for University services. These include:

Departmental and group URLs

Departments, centres or groups officially passed by Senate and Council have URLs which follow the format:

  • 'www.bath.ac.uk/departments/name'
  • 'www.bath.ac.uk/groups/name'

Request a top-level URL

Top-level URLs show the page name immediately after the domain name, so are written 'www.bath.ac.uk/name'.

Some University organisations have top-level URLs:

  • faculties and schools
  • academic and service departments
  • institutes
  • official research centres

We do not create new top-level URLs for research groups, but any groups who already have top-level URLs can continue to use them.

If you think your section should have a top-level URL, email web-support@bath.ac.uk to request one. The Technical Architect and Head of Content will review your request.

If you want an alternative URL for a research group or project, use our URL shortening service, go.bath.ac.uk

Non-bath.ac.uk URLs

You can only use a non-bath.ac.uk URL if the site is:

  • a nationally-funded Jisc service
  • project-funded with multiple partners
  • intended to be a commercial spin-off
  • targeted at commercial customers and not a .ac.uk domain

The Digital Steering Group considers and approves requests on a case-by-case basis.