By Harry Mottram: The 30th edition of The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide 2024 has been published and it shows The University of Bath in their league table in eighth place across the UK. Bath Spa is listed in a mid table position of 74th out of 131 institutions. However Bath Spa is given the accolade of University of the Year for Social Inclusion after its satellite London Campus has attracted a more varied student profile.
Bath Spa also rated well in the top 20 ranking for the newspaper’s People and Planet league table – helped no doubt by its picturesque Newton Park campus plus it got a silver for its Teaching Excellent Framework and there’s its canteen offering hot food for £3 – always a hit with students. And the college is credited as the most hedgehog friendly university.
The University of Bath is up there with the best of them in eighth place in the Sunday Time’s listings. St Andrews in Scotland is number one followed by Oxford and Cambridge, then the LSE, Imperial College, University College in seventh and Bath next – ahead of rivals Exter in 11th, Bristol in 16th and Cardiff in 25th. With 13,757 undergraduates the university is the senior partner in the city’s two big education players. The listing reminds readers of the university’s sporting offering with the sports village layout accommodating national events such as this summer’s Pentathlon. And it notes that three in ten students receive scholarships or bursaries – but unlike Spa its cohortsdo not come from such a wide social background. Student experience for Bath University edges Spa but the teaching experience at Spa edges its neighbour in the listings.
For students, university is a life changing period as they sample life in Bath, make new friends (and possible future partners) and leave with a degree and a chance of job. However annual tuition fees in England are £9,250 with a total bill close to £100,000 – if they take all the opportunities open to them and of course pay for accommodation for three years.
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