The University of Bath has retained a top 10 position in the Guardian University Guide, ranking 7th in the UK and number one in the South West in its latest 2023 edition, published today.

Bath placed highly for student satisfaction with courses (2nd in the UK) and career prospects after 15 months (5th).

The University’s overall position means it remains in the top 10 for the three main rankings of UK universities - the Guardian ranking, The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide, and the Complete University Guide.

Bath also earned top 10 rankings for 11 subject areas:

  • Civil engineering (2nd)
  • Mechanical engineering (2nd)
  • Psychology (2nd)
  • Sports science (2nd)
  • Aerospace engineering (3rd)
  • Education (4th)
  • Accounting & finance (5th)
  • Sociology and social policy (5th)
  • Business and management (6th)
  • Mathematics (10th)
  • Politics (10th)

University of Bath Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White, said: “Maintaining our position in the top 10 of the Guardian University Guide is a superb result for our University community. It is further evidence of the outstanding contributions of many people across our community to create a strong and welcoming teaching and learning environment, with an extensive range of high-quality courses. I am delighted to see that we scored particularly highly in terms of careers prospects and student satisfaction, and that Bath was named a top 10 UK place to study for 11 subjects.”

The Guardian league table is compiled through a series of measures, including:

  • A Guardian score out of 100
  • Student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback
  • Student to staff ratio
  • Spend per student
  • Average entry tariff
  • Value added score out of 10
  • Career prospects after 15 months
  • Percentage of first year students continuing into the second year

This result follows the news that Bath was named University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, published last week.

In the most recent National Student Survey, Bath placed 1st in England for overall satisfaction when comparing institutions listed in the Guardian University Guide, with an overall student satisfaction score 10% above the national average.

You can access the Guardian University Guide 2023 here.