Bath, University of
Friday 31 May 2013
Overall ranking: Came 9th out of 124 in the Complete University Guide for 2014.
History: Began life as a college of science and technology just 44 years ago.
Address: The campus is based on Claverton Down, a hill 650ft above Bath.
Ambience: Windswept, beautiful setting above Jane Austen's spa town. 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 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, but competition for places can be tough. A number of courses include the A* as a condition for entry e.g. a BSc in economics asks for A*AA at A-level. Not all traditional courses are offered- English, history and law are not 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 93 per cent.
Added value: Great links with professions and a well-established placement scheme.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.
Teaching: Came 9th out of 124 for student satisfaction in the latest Complete University Guide.
Research: Placed 18th in the Research Assessment Exercise.
Graduate prospects: Ranked 9th with 81.8 per cent entering graduate level employment.
Any accommodation? All first year full-time students are guaranteed a place in college-owned accommodation, which ranges from £88 to £195 per week inclusive of bills and high speed wifi. Two thirds of bedrooms are located on campus.
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: All campus based courses are £9,000 per year. For overseas students this is ranges from £10,750 to £16,500 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 a top rate major festivals and events calendar including the Bath Guitar Festival and a brilliant Christmas Market. A great 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; Steve Borthwick, former England rugby captain; DJ "Dr" Neil Fox.
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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