Top ten ranking for Bath in the new Guardian University Guide

The very high levels of student satisfaction and excellent career prospects of Bath graduates have been highlighted as key strengths for the University in the new Guardian University Guide 2013.

Bath is ranked 9th out of 120 universities and colleges across the UK – a rise of five places on last year.

The Guardian’s table, published online and in the newspaper, focuses on how well a university educates its students rather than the research it conducts.

Its criteria for judging a university include:

  • how satisfied their final-year students are – in the teaching, the feedback & assessment and overall;
  • how much they spend per student;
  • the student/staff ratio;
  • the career prospects of their graduates;
  • a value added score;
  • and what grades pupils have to achieve to stand a chance of being offered a place.

Bath’s strong showing in many of these key quality performance indicators has led to its place in the top ten nationally.

The University is ranked fifth for student satisfaction; equal fifth in the UK for graduate prospects; and tenth in the UK for student satisfaction in the teaching provided.

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “We are delighted with our performance in this latest league table which reflects the very high standards of teaching we deliver here at Bath.

“We have always put engaging with and listening to our students at the heart of our efforts to improve the student experience we offer."


 The very high student satisfaction score is particularly important to us as it reflects students’ view of our complete offer, encompassing teaching quality, career prospects, support services, an award-winning Students’ Union, and the real warmth and friendliness of our campus.

— Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath

 “Our performance in this year’s table is also testament to all the hard work by staff at Bath. We are again ranked well ahead of the majority of the self-proclaimed elite on what really matters to students - a great all round experience and the best chance of success in the future.”

Further details about the University Guide are available on The Guardian website.

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