University of Bath ranks first for student experience nationally

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The campus was noted for its’ facilities, good atmosphere and student groups

The University of Bath has been ranked number one in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015, it has been announced.

The ranking, which surveyed almost 15,000 students from 113 British institutions, was compiled around twenty-one different categories, including the strength of Students’ Unions and community atmosphere.

The University ranked in the top three in twelve of the categories, including well-structured courses, good extra-curriculum activities and good facilities – both sporting and general.

Bath, who had 180 respondents, came first in two classes – ‘good industry connections’ and ‘good security – and equal first in three more, ‘good community atmosphere’, ‘good library and library opening hours’ and ‘whether they would recommend the University to a friend’.

On the news, Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, the University of Bath Vice-Chancellor, said: ““This is wonderful news. We pride ourselves on giving our students the best possible academic experience and paving the way for them to succeed both at the University and in their future careers.”

“We make sure we involve our students in the decisions we make that will affect their time here, and continually work to improve all aspects of their university life. It is therefore very satisfying to hear them talk so highly of their student experience at Bath,” she went on to say.

The University also ranked in the top ten for three further categories, including ‘high quality of staff and lectures’ (equal 9th), ‘good support and welfare’ (equal 7th) and ‘good Students’ Union’.

On the last category, Bath ranked 5th nationally, something Jordan Kenny, University of Bath Students’ Union President said is, “an honour”

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University of Bath Vice Chancellor called the accolade a “very solid performance across the board”

“This truly reflects the incredibly hard work all of our staff – both academic and support – and students put into making the student experience at Bath unique and inclusive for the entirety of the students’ body. With this news, we can continue improving our Students’ Union for current and future students”

The other categories Bath ranked in the top three for were: ‘well-structured courses’ (3rd equal), ‘good extra-curricular activites and societies’ (equal 3rd), ‘good environment on and around campus’ (equal 2nd), ‘high quality facilities’ (equal 3rd), ‘the way personal requirments are catered for’ (equal 2nd), ‘centralised facilities’ (equal 2nd) and ‘good sporting facilities’ (equal 2nd).

In placing first, the University of Bath pushed the University of Sheffield from top place to third, with Loughborough University ranked second.

Neighbouring university, Bath Spa University, ranked 93rd in the table with the University of Bristol, located nearby, coming equal 43rd.

Whilst the University of Bath scored in the top ten for fifteen of twenty-one categories, they failed to rank as highly in others including ‘good accommodation’ and ‘cheap shop/bar/amenities’.

The University of Bath has recently scored well in similar student satisfaction surveys with the institution ranking first in the Times Higher Education ‘National Student Survey’, which ranks the opinions of graduating students, for the previous two academic years.

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Benjamin is the former Deputy Editor-in-Chief of bathimpact and covers stories on University of Bath, University of Bath Students' Union, Bath politics and student issues

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