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Press Release - 03 October 2005

University "very pleased" to be in top ten in league table

The University of Bath is very pleased to learn that it is rated 10th in the country by the Sunday Times, up six places from last year’s position. It was also short-listed for the paper's University of the Year award.

The University believes that the ranking recognises its strong record both in carrying out research that will change many people’s lives for the better, and teaching our students the skills they need to take an important and productive role in our society.

A spokesperson said: “The Sunday Times recognises that we have a low drop-out rate among our students, and we believe this clearly reflects the positive experience they have here. Full term begins today and we believe that the 2,000 or so new students will feel that studying at Bath is a fruitful and enjoyable experience.

“The Sunday Times also recognises the major efforts that the University has made to ensure that our students come from as diverse a background as possible, and we will continue this. We note that Bath scored well with head teachers, who rated the University fifth.

“We feel that overall this is a good achievement for a medium-sized university, but we are not sitting on our laurels for a minute - the University is always looking for ways to improve its service in all its areas."

The University was short-listed for the Sunday Times' University of the Year award, with the universities of Durham, East Anglia, Hull and Loughborough. The Award was given to Durham.

The Sunday Times league table also placed Bath:

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