Guide to information available via the publication scheme
The University makes a vast amount of information publicly available via our website. The publication scheme is a guide to the types of information that we publish or intend to publish as a matter of routine.
We have adopted the model publication scheme prepared and approved by the Information Commissioner.
- Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) model publication scheme
- Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) definition document for universities
We publish the following information as a matter of routine:
- information about the university - organisational information such as management structure
- financial information - financial and procurement information
- priorities and strategy - planning and monitoring information
- decision-making processes - how decisions are made and records of decisions
- policies and procedures - our major policy and procedural documents
- lists and registers - details about lists and registers maintained by us
- services - the main services offered by the university.
Information about the university
How the legal and regulatory framework of the university is organised.
How the university is organised
The management structure and overall organisation of the university. Most administrative and academic departments publish information regularly via departmental web pages.
Location and campus maps
Staff contact information
The contact details of most employees are publicly available from several places on our website via the 'Person Finder' search facility.
The university has links with hundreds of public and private organisations including government and regulatory bodies, sponsors, professional groups, and local, national and international businesses. These links change as partnerships and associations are renewed or discontinued. We maintain a register of partner organisations for collaborative learning and teaching provision.
The following are wholly owned companies of the university:
- University of Bath Three Ltd (company no. 2927557)
- Glophotonics Ltd (company no. 06777478)
The names of company officers, information describing the company's principal activities and the most recent company accounts sent to Companies House are available in paper format on application.
For information about student activities, visit the Students' Union website.
Funding and income
We publish annual financial statements. These contain details of funding, income, expenditure and investment, as well as budgetary and account information and the independent auditors' report.
Financial audit reports
Independent auditors' reports are available via the annual financial statements.
The Department of estates has produced a Masterplan, which sets out a vision for the development of the campus and provides a framework for new building projects over the period 2009-2026.
Financial regulations and procedures
Our financial regulations and procedures govern the management and administration of the university's financial resources.
Staff allowance and expenses
Staff pay and grading structures
Information about staff costs and senior staff salaries is included in the annual financial statements. Our salary scales detail the university pay grades system. A new ‘pay multiple’ figure (ratio between the highest and median salaries) will be published here following the start in post of the University’s new Vice-Chancellor.
The university responded in 2014 and 2017 to Universities UK's consultations on the future operations of the USS pension scheme.
Register of suppliers
We maintain a database of over 4,500 approved contractors and suppliers - both currently and in the past. Because of its size, and the fact that it is subject to continual change, the database is not made publicly available. To find out more about our suppliers, please submit a request in writing.
Procurement and tender procedures and reports
The university adheres to purchasing policies and procedures when managing the procurement of goods, works and services.
We advertise a large number of contracts throughout the year. More information about contract opportunities, including contracts currently available for public tender, is published by Purchasing Services.
Where the value of procurement/contract is in excess of £174,000, the university is obliged by EU procurement directives to publish the contract award notice in the Journal of European Union (OJEU). These notices can be accessed by via the SIMAP website. Further information about contracts is available on request.
Details of contracts worth £25,000 or greater are published annually.
The Research Development & Support Office manages research funding and research accounts.
Priorities and strategy
We publish various kinds of information relating to institutional strategy, plans and performance.
Reviews and strategies
We publish an annual review of the university each academic year.
The university strategy sets out the aims and activities associated with the long-term fulfilment of the university's vision.
We develop and implement a number of strategies and action plans to inform and support the realisation of its objectives in particular fields or areas of operation.
Assurance, feedback and compliance
The quality of learning and teaching at the university is overseen by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office. The Quality Assurance Code of Practice describes the internal processes and procedures for assuring the quality and standard of its academic provision and includes code of practice statements. Examples of the:
- external examining (QA12)
- degree scheme review (QA13)
- collaborative provision (QA20)
- the annual monitoring of units and programmes (QA51)
Details about external assessment of teaching quality at the university can be found by viewing institution reports conducted by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Collecting feedback from students on their experiences at the university is a key part of the quality enhancement process. Information about recent internal and sector-wide student surveys.
Information about compliance with the duties established under the Equality Act 2010 is set out in our policies and practices.
Find out more about our commitment to widening participation from the Office for Students.
Information about university links with employers and what our students do after they graduate is made available by the Careers Advisory Service
We publish large amounts of information about the following operational decision-making processes:
- terms of reference
- meeting dates
- procedural rules
- confirmed minutes of meetings of the statutory bodies and main committees, including Court, Council and Senate.
At the highest level, the views and interests of students are represented via the Students' Union at meetings of the Council/Senate/Students' Union Committee.
Each department/school/partner organisation of the university is required to have at least one Staff/Student Liaison Committee (SSLC).
The principles on which SSLCs operate are set out in the university's Quality Assurance Code of Practice (QA48).
The minutes of SSLCs are published within the university but are not generally made more widely available. This is because their business, which may relate to individual students or members of staff, focuses primarily on the internal student community.
Policies and procedures
Policies and procedures govern and regulate the way the university conducts all aspect of business.
The ordinances define and direct the overall governance and management of the university within the general framework of the Charter and Statutes. Standing orders of Council, Senate and Boards of Studies set out the processes and governance of these bodies.
The student regulations cover the academic work of the university, the education and discipline of its students and such other matters as lie within the functions of Senate including admission and assessment.
Separate rules apply to university accommodation and to the conduct of examinations.
The Quality Assurance Code of Practice describes the internal processes and procedures for assuring the quality and standard of its academic provision. It is published by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Office.
Other areas of operations are regulated by policies and procedures put in place at department or inter-departmental level. These include, for example, recruitment and employment policies published by Human Resources and the equality and diversity policies published by the Office of the University Secretary.
Code of good practice in research integrity
We are a leading research university committed to maintaining the highest standards or research excellence and integrity. The Code of Good Practice in Research Integrity sets out the standards of research conduct expected of all those engaged in research in connection with the university.
Institutional code of ethics
Our strategy is to establish structures, procedures and guidelines sufficient to ensure that any ethical issues arising from its teaching and research activities and institutional practice are given due consideration in adherence to the university's Code of Ethics.
Publicly funded research outputs and data
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is currently undertaking work to publish details of publicly-funded research outputs and data via the Gateway to Research portal.
Lists and registers
Because of its size, and the fact that it is continually changing, the university does not routinely publish a centrally-administered asset register. For further information, please submit a request in writing.
In accordance with its financial regulations, the university maintains a Register of Hospitality and Gifts. For further information, please submit a request in writing.
We maintain a Register of Interests as set out in the Standing orders of Council. The annual declarations of interests submitted for inclusion in a Register contain personal details relating to staff and officers of the university and their families, and are not, therefore, made publicly available.
The university is the owner of a public closed circuit television system (CCTV) currently installed on the campus and in or on university buildings off campus. Cameras are located in various areas around the campus and off campus including:
- car parks
- academic buildings
- service buildings
- students' union
As part of our Strategy, we offer a wide range of academic, administrative and commercial services.
Download or order a paper copy of our latest prospectus
Services for outside bodies
Funding, such as grants and bursaries, available to students from the HEI
The university is entitled to recover a fee together with those fees for the following services:
- Welfare and counselling services - for more information on health, welfare and counselling visit student support services
- Health including medical services - visit student support services
- Careers - the careers advisory service offers advice and resources
- Chaplaincy services - more information about the Chaplaincy
- Sports and recreational facilities - Sports facilities at the university
- Facilities relating to music, art and other cultural activities - The Edge provides and supports many cultural activities.
- Museums, libraries, special collections and archives - Archive collections
- Conference facilities - Events at Bath
- Advice and guidance - the university can offer commercial and consultancy and intellectual property licensing services through Research Impact and Commercialisation (EKE)
- Media releases - read our press releases
If you are unable to find the service or information you are looking for, please contact the Freedom of Information Officers