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Press Release - 24 September 2007

University “pleased” to be in top ten in Sunday Times guide

The University of Bath was “pleased” to be ranked ninth in yesterday’s league table published by The Sunday Times.

The ranking places Bath at the top of the league for universities in south west England, and is a rise of two places on last year’s ranking.

The guide highlights the "outstanding" reputation that Bath has among head teachers.

It also looks at student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, entrance qualification held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university drop-out rates.

A University spokesperson said: “We are pleased to have maintained our position in the top dozen universities in the country in The Sunday Times guide, which is consistent with our ranking in league tables by other newspapers.

“We believe our students get a good education and an enjoyable experience of university life here and leave us with an excellent start to their careers.

“But we don’t rest on our laurels – we are always looking for ways to improve what we offer to our students.”

In a press release, The Sunday Times says: "The University of Bath has enjoyed consistently high rankings in The Sunday Times University Guide. It has never ranked lower than 20 and this year equals its best ever placing, ranking ninth nationally.

"It is helped to this position by its outstanding performance in an exclusive survey of Britain’s leading head teachers, who rank the university fourth, just behind Oxbridge and Imperial College London.

"Head teachers place Bath ahead of all other institutions in the UK for the teaching of civil engineering, computer science, electrical and electronic engineering and psychology. Its formidable reputation for teaching and research in science and engineering in particular, means Bath commands the highest grades from applicants who outstrip the number of places available by more than seven to one on average.

"The outstanding sports facilities are uniquely free of charge and consequently the university enjoys some of the highest usage rates anywhere. Thirty members of TeamBath competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the university is seeking to build its elite athlete population ahead of the 2012 London Games."

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