Today we are ranked 13th in the UK by the Times Good University Guide 2010, up two places from our position last year. Analysis of applications shows that we are one of the top ten most popular universities in the UK.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching), Professor Ian Jamieson, said: "Our popularity reflects a whole range of factors - the quality of our teaching, the supportive learning environment we provide and the employment prospects of our graduates. In the current economic climate, the competitive advantage of having a high quality placement on a graduate CV can only increase the attraction of study at Bath.
"I was particularly pleased to see that we were in the top ten for the completion rates and graduate prospects performance measures. I think our overall ranking is a tribute to the effort of all our staff and to the quality of the students we attract."
Whilst most of the performance measures used in the ranking are based on defined staff, student and finance returns made by individual institutions to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the compilers acknowledge that their research quality measure is based on an estimate of RAE 2008 eligible staff.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Jane Millar, said: "Although the research rankings show we are among the best in the country, we are concerned about the approach that the compilers have taken to research quality. Estimating the proportion of eligible staff submitted using HESA data is a deeply flawed methodology. HESA itself has concluded that the data it holds is not an adequate basis for estimating eligible staff numbers."
Eight criteria are used to generate the final institutional rankings:
- student satisfaction
- research quality
- entry standards
- student-staff ratios
- services and facilities spend
- completion rates
- good honours
- graduate prospects