Bath, University of

 

 

Overall ranking: Came 8th out of 123 in the Complete University Guide for 2015.

History: Began life as a college of science and technology just 48 years ago.

Address: The campus is based on Claverton Down, a hill 650ft above Bath.

Ambience: Windswept, beautiful setting above Jane Austen's spa city. The university buildings are a mixture of 1960s architecture and contemporary design. It has risen from almost nowhere to become one of the most successful universities in the UK.

Who's the boss? Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, Vice-Chancellor. A social psychologist and author of more than 20 books.

Prospectus: 01225 383 019 or download the information you need here.

UCAS code: B16

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Varies by course. The University does not work on the UCAS points system, and competition for places can be tough. A number of courses include the A* as a condition for entry e.g. BSc Economics and MEng Mechanical Engineering ask for A*AA at A-level. The university has a strong focus on science, engineering, language, business and social science programmes.  A wide range of placement and study abroad opportunities are available.

Vital statistics: Over 10,000 full-time undergrads, and around 4,500 postgrads. Fairly evenly split between male and female students. Still concentrates on science and technology but has branched out into modern languages and international studies, education, management, and social, sport and medical sciences. One of the highest completion rates in the UK at 95 per cent.

Added value: Great links with professions and a well-established placement scheme. Over 60 per cent of Bath students go on work placements with leading businesses such as Microsoft, GlaxoSmithKline, L’Oreal and Airbus. Fantastic for sport. Facilities include a world-class sports training village, Olympic-sized pool and indoor shooting range, judo dojo and 132m indoor running straight. Around 98 per cent of students are thought to be involved in some sort of club or society. Currently building a new £10.9m Centre for the Arts due to open January 2015 which will provide the students and surrounding region with an exciting new arts venue offering classes, workshops, performances and exhibitions throughout the year.

Teaching: Came equal 3rd out of 123 for student satisfaction in the latest Complete University Guide.

Graduate prospects: Ranked 4th with 83.3 per cent entering graduate level employment.

Any accommodation? All first year full-time students are guaranteed a place in university-owned accommodation, which ranges from £88 to £150 per week inclusive of bills and high speed wifi. Two thirds of bedrooms are located on campus. New student accommodation called The Quads opens autumn 2014 and will provide 708 additional en-suite bedrooms divided into 75 flats across two buildings along with The Lime Tree- a new 450-seater refectory.

Cheap to live there? About average - private rents are around £80-£90 a week, excluding bills.

Transport links: An hour and a half from London by train, and 10 minutes from Bristol. M4 is 10 miles north and Bristol airport is 21 miles away.

Fees: Home/EU fees for all campus based courses are £9,000 per year. For overseas students this ranges from £13,750 to £17,400 per year depending on the course.

Bursaries: A wide range of scholarships based on academic excellence, and bursaries, based on financial need, are offered by the university. Click here for details.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: Quaint pubs, theatres and several clubs in town. Students' Union has a club and runs the popular 'Score' and 'Fuzzy Ducks' nights for the energetic. Komedia is a new live entertainment venue that also hosts regular club nights. The Revolution (also known as Vodka Revs or Revs) provides a fun, good-value night out.

Price of a pint: £3.10 on average.

Sporting reputation: Excellent for sport- ranked 4th in the BUCS league.

Calendar highlight: The city itself plays host to packed major festivals and events calendar including the Bath Literature Festival and a brilliant Christmas Market. A great Students’ Union Summer Ball with relatively cheap tickets.

Notable societies: Try Gravity Vomit for juggling and circus skills- play with fire in the amphitheatre on a Wednesday or take part in a guest workshop to learn an unusual skill.

Glittering alumni: Justin King, CEO of Sainsbury's; Neil Holloway, vice president, Microsoft International; Captain Heather Stanning, rower and London 2012 gold medallist; Tom Pellereau, entrepreneur and winner of the BBC’s Apprentice programme.

Alternative prospectus: None available as yet but check out the posts in The Student Room for answers to any questions you may have.

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