The University of Bath has been named the University of the Year by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

The guide scores universities across a number of criteria, including student satisfaction with the quality of their teaching, graduate job prospects, entry standards and research quality. This year Bath’s score increased in almost every category to help clinch the ‘University of the Year’ title.

Of particular note was Bath’s very strong performance in student experience and employability, with the University ranking fourth in the UK for undergraduate university experience and fifth for graduate prospects. In addition, The Times ranking notes that Bath’s course completion rate (96.2 per cent) is the sixth-best in the country.

Overall, Bath has also moved up to eighth position in the national league table, and is the highest ranked university in the South West.

Professor Ian White, President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Bath, said: “I’m truly honoured that the University has received this award, and I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all in our University community, and our partners and supporters, all of whom continue to enable our community to flourish.

“It is wonderful to see our strong focus on both excellent learning and student experience recognised in this way, especially given the challenges that we have all faced in the last couple of years.

“This is an exciting time for the University of Bath, and we are building from our strong foundations for the future, whilst enhancing partnerships locally and globally to progress research and education priorities.”

As well as the overall ranking, 15 subjects are in the top ten by subject ranking, including Social Policy and Criminology which are ranked as the best in the country. These are:

  • Accounting and Finance (4th)
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (6th)
  • Architecture (5th)
  • Biological Sciences (9th)
  • Business, Management and Marketing (4th)
  • Civil Engineering (8th)
  • Criminology (1st)
  • Mathematics (6th)
  • Mechanical Engineering (4th)
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology (5th)
  • Psychology (8th)
  • Social Policy (1st)
  • Social Work (7th)
  • Sociology (4th)
  • Sports Science (2nd)