University of Bath ranked 11th in UK in The Sunday Times 2010 Guide

The University of Bath is ranked 11th overall in the latest UK league table published by The Sunday Times.

The league table also ranked the University second in the UK for the percentage of students in graduate level jobs; eighth for highest graduate starting salaries and ninth in the UK for competition for places.

In a press release, The Sunday Times says: "Bath is hugely popular with head teachers, who this year rank it seventh in the UK.

"Reasons for its popularity are immediately apparent. Graduate unemployment levels are low and few students drop out - Bath's non-completion rate of 5.5% is well below the anticipated level of 6.8%.

"The employability of Bath students is due in no small part to the fact that nearly 60% of undergraduates spend one year on an industrial or business placement."

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, Professor Glynis Breakwell, said: "The Sunday Times describes our performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise as a 'triumph'.

"Some league tables ignore research performance, but I believe that our world leading research makes a real difference to the quality of the student experience and the vibrancy of the learning environment.

"It is particularly satisfying to be rated so highly by head teachers at Britain's leading academic schools who recognise Bath's ability to give students an excellent education as well as providing a range of opportunities to broaden their experience of university life.

"Every day colleagues across campus are making real efforts to improve the quality of the student experience here at Bath, and I am delighted that their efforts have once again received national recognition."

The Sunday Times University Guide 2010 will be published this weekend (13 September). It contains full profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education.

The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, ratings from head teachers' and academic peer review, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university dropout rates.

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