The University of Bath has been ranked number four nationally and number one in the south west for student experience according to the latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018.
The ranking, which surveyed more than 20,000 undergraduates across 122 institutions nationally, polled students across 22 core aspects of student life – from wellbeing support, to facilities, campus environment and teaching quality.
It scored the University highly across a range of measures including: providing high quality facilities (2nd); enabling good extra-curricular activities and societies (2nd); for safety and security (2nd); its industry connections (3rd); meeting students’ personal requirements (3rd); and offering a good campus environment (3rd).
Today’s position complements last year’s Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), their ranking in the Guardian University Guide 2018 which placed the University 5th, and the fact that University is The Times and Sunday Times’ Sports University of the Year 2018.
In addition to support provided to students while studying with the University of Bath employability for Bath graduates remains very high thanks to its successful placement schemes – the majority of Bath students benefit from placements, including with industry, during their studies.
As a result, when compared with the national average, Bath graduates enjoy a starting salary on average £4,500 higher and more of them go on to secure jobs in the top three occupational groups.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching) Professor Peter Lambert said: “We’re delighted to be recognised as a top four university for student experience by the Times Higher Education.
“This accolade really is in recognition of the efforts of teaching colleagues around the University who provide outstanding learning opportunities to our students, our professional services, estates and facilities staff who contribute so much towards our campus community, and of course the strong working relationship we have with the Students’ Union.
“I believe what we offer here really is very special. Students at Bath benefit through the combination of excellent teaching, inspiring research, world-class facilities, including for sports and the arts, strong personal and academic support throughout their studies, and our successful placements scheme which boosts their chances of employment in their chosen profession.”
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell said: “To be recognised in this way by the Times Higher Education is a tremendous achievement.
“It is thanks to the hard-work and dedication of all our staff that we are able to offer Bath students such a rounded experience; one that helps them develop and prepares them so well for the world of work upon graduating.”
The Survey is divided into 22 different measures that define student experience with respondents asked to rate how their university performed using a seven-point agreement scale.
It has been run in partnership with market research agency Youth Site since its inception in 2005.
This year, for the first time, three-year rolling averages were applied, enabling analysis of longer-term trends. For an institution to be included in the rankings there was a minimum threshold of 50 respondents.
You can find out more about the Times Higher Education’s ranking here.