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The University of Bath is one of the UK's leading universities, with an international reputation for research and teaching at the highest academic standards, and two small, friendly campuses.
It has a distinctive approach that emphasises the education of professional practitioners and the promotion of original inquiry and innovation in partnership with business, the professions, public services and the voluntary sector.
The University was last year (2006) ranked ninth among UK universities by The Guardian and The Times and 11th by the Sunday Times.
As of 1 December 2006 we had 11,965 students at the University. These figures break down as:
Full-time undergraduates - 8621
Part-time undergraduates - 364
Total undergraduates = 8985 (75% of total students)
Full-time postgraduates - 1532
Part-time postgraduates - 1448
Total postgraduates = 2980 (25% of total students).
Of the post-graduates, 2053 are taking taught degrees and 927 research degrees.
Of all students:
Male students - 6598 (55%)
Female students - 5367 (45%).
Of all students:
International students - 3032 (25%) (defined as those with non-British domicile)
Home students - 8933 (75%) (those with UK domicile including Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
For more details see:
» Student numbers statistics
The top ten countries from which our
students come, by number(excluding UK):
- China (mainland) and Hong Kong
The proportion of undergraduate students who go on placements as part of their course is around 60 per cent.
As of 31/08/06 we had 2570 staff, of whom:
Full-time - 2001
Part-time - 569
Of the 2570 staff:
Academic or academic-related - 1402
Clerical - 650
Technical - 166
Manual and ancillary - 352
The proportion of undergraduates who began their courses in 2001/02 and went on to complete their course was 93 per cent, a much higher than average figure for UK universities.
The destination of our first degree UK and EU graduates in 2005 was:
Employment solely - 58%
Combined employment and study - 12%
Further study - 16%
Unemployment - 6%
Information not available/other - 8%
The value of our research portfolio (grants and contracts) as at 31/07/06: £87,315,748.
The research income per member of academic staff - £48,942
(based on research income for 12 months to 31 July 2006 of £25,988,000 and the number of academic staff - professor, reader, senior lecturer, lecturer, research fellow- as totalling 531 on 6 February 2006.
Examples of key research areas:
A major interdisciplinary programme to develop systematic analytical and numerical tools to tackle fundamental problems in complex systems in disciplines including mathematics, biology, engineering and physics.
The development of novel therapeutic approaches using steroids and related molecules mainly in the areas of cancer treatments, women's health, diabetes and hormone-associated diseases.
Embryonic development and regeneration
To further understanding of how a highly structured organism can be formed from a simple egg. Results from animal models are very likely to apply to humankind, leading to a better understanding of the causes of human malformations.
The University is involved in six multi-million pound consortia funded by Research Councils carrying out fundamental and applied research in the engineering and science of sustainable power generation and supply.
Research focuses on dissecting the molecular nature of single major genes in insects. It uses associated knowledge and tools derived to analyse fitness traits and the behaviour of the underlying mutations in natural populations.
The objective is to conduct high quality research into the design, manufacture and management of processes, machines and systems focusing on:
- the design tools of responsive, agile machines and manufacturing processes.
- agility, lean manufacturing processes and supply networks.
Well-Being & Development
The study of poverty, inequality and the quality of life in developing countries. Current research aims to develop a coherent way to understand wellbeing in specific developing societies.
Around 70 per cent of our academic staff work in departments awarded a 5 or 5* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise.
The University has had close links with industry since it began, and a majority of its courses have a placement year in which students work in one of more than 2,500 public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
The University is part of the SETSquared Partnership launched in 2004, with the universities of Bristol, Southampton and Surrey. The partnership was established to encourage enterprise, build new businesses and work more effectively with industry. With a combined research staff of 6,400 and research budgets of £266 million it is the largest such collaboration in the UK.
The University's spin-out companies have been successful: Vectura, which is developing a range of inhaled drugs for conditions such as cystic fibrosis and asthma, was floated publicly with a value of £60 million.
For the year ended 31 July 2006:
Income - £139.359 million
Funding council grants - £48.903 million (35%)
Tuition Fees and education contracts - £32.732 million (23%)
Research grants and contracts - £25.988 million (19%)
Other income - £25.860 million (19%)
Endowment and investment income - £5.876 million (4%)
Expenditure - £132.967 million
Staff costs - £80.329 million (59%)
Other operating costs - £41.811 million (32%)
Depreciation - £7.263 million (6%)
Interest payable - £3.564 million (3%)
The University has two campuses, its main one in Claverton, Bath, and its Oakfield Campus in Swindon.
The campus at Claverton, one and a half miles from the centre of Bath, was begun in 1964, in preparation for the University receiving its Royal Charter in 1966. The campus is around 200 acres (81 hectares). The central buildings around the Parade were almost all built in the 1960s and 1970s, but the University has developed continuously since. Around £70 million has been invested in its buildings and campus since 2001, with further expansion planned. The University has 3,200 bedrooms for students in Bath, of which two-thirds are located on campus.
More than 8,000 students have studied at our Oakfield Campus, which is also home to several business resources, since its launch in 2001.
ICIA: Our Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts is nationally respected both artistically and academically. It runs a programme of professional performances, exhibitions, talks, workshops and classes open to the general public alongside activities for students. It develops and commissions new and innovatory arts projects on a local and national level while offering continuing professional development for artists, arts professionals, academics and educators. It is also an academic research centre which devises arts projects, symposia, conferences and publications, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practice.
Dfll: Our Division for Lifelong Learning runs a series of community courses in Bath and across Wiltshire, as well as Foundation Degrees and community schemes such as projects using students as mentors for local schoolchildren to encourage them into higher education.
Our students are very active, having raised over a £1million for charity since 1966. They have become more diverse - now around half are women and a fifth has non-British nationality. The Students' Union is active and runs a large number of societies. Our Student Liaison Committee is active promoting good relations between students and the rest of the city.
Since 1976, when it became the first in the country to offer sports scholarships, the University has been a pioneering force in university sport. Its Sports Training Village, used more than half a million times a year by Olympic athletes and the public alike, was completed in 2004 at a cost of £35 million.
In 1997 the concept of TeamBath was introduced to represent 15 sports on campus: track and field athletics, badminton, basketball, bob skeleton, football, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, netball, rugby, swimming, tennis, triathlon, and volleyball.
Olympic athletes who have trained at the University include: former world champion hurdler Colin Jackson, judo medallist Kate Howey, pentathletes Steph Cook and Georgina Harland and Olympic gold medallist sprinter Jason Gardener.
The Guardian has rated Bath in the top two for sports science for the last six years.
Chancellor of the University is Lord Tugendhat of Widdington, former Chairman of Abbey National and Blue Circle Industries, and former Conservative MP for City of London and Westminster South.
The Vice-Chancellor is Professor Glynis Breakwell, a social psychologist.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor is Professor George Lunt.
The Pro-Vice-Chancellors are:
Professor Kevin Edge (Research)
Professor Ian Jamieson (Learning and Teaching)
Professor Jane Millar (Strategic Developments)
We have over 40,000 alumni with whom we keep in regular contact. The top ten countries, by number of alumni, excluding the UK, are:
Malaysia - 985
USA - 912
France - 826
China (excluding Hong Kong) - 750
Greece - 732
Germany - 647
Hong Kong - 493
Italy - 314
Spain - 311
Canada - 278
and our alumni include:
Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP for Bath
Neil Holloway, President of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa
Bob Wigley, Chairman Merrill Lynch, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Justin King, CEO, J Sainsbury
Stuart Till, Chair, UIP (United International Pictures)
Bill Whiteley, Managing Director, Rotork
Neil Fox, DJ and Pop Idol judge
Sandra Gidley, Liberal Democrat MP for Romsey
Our Annual Fund raises money for:
- scholarships and bursaries for new undergraduate and postgraduate students
- hardship grants for current undergraduate and postgraduate students
- enhancing the quality of the student experience with grants to the arts, sports, clubs and societies, the Library and the Students' Union
- enterprising initiatives including placements, projects, expeditions and touring.
Those interested in helping should contact: Beatrice Purser-Hallard on 01225 386922.
Our fundraising priorities include: in three years' time, to be raising at least £1.25 million a year (equivalent to one per cent of the University's income); to invest in major giving fundraising; to expand the annual giving programme; to launch a legacy programme; to develop a donor stewardship programme; to start an event-based cultivation programme in the UK; and to improve our event-based cultivation programme overseas.
The University will continue developing its Claverton campus in Bath and will shortly replace its 4West building, demolished in 2005. We have begun work on a 355-bed student accommodation complex, to be ready in 2008.
The University's future strategy includes rebalancing and refocusing its academic activities to ensure that its research and teaching are of the highest quality. It will devote more resources to strategic planning and develop stronger collaborative links, internationally, nationally and regionally, with other universities, further education colleges, business, the professions, the public services and the voluntary sector.
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