University of Bath ranked among the top ten in the UK
The University of Bath is among the top ten universities in the country, according to a new guide published today.
The Complete University Guide has seen the Claverton-based institution climb two places from last year, making it the highest ranked in the South West.
Not only was Bath placed tenth in the UK overall, but it also made it into the top ten for 22 of the 26 individual subjects it offers, coming first for both accounting and finance and social work.
Meanwhile Bath Spa University dropped two places, from 83rd to 85th out of the 116 across the country.
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The guide ranks the universities according to nine key factors, including graduate prospects, student satisfaction and entry standards.
University of Bath vice-chancellor Professor Glynis Breakwell said: “Once again we have performed extremely well in the graduate prospects and student completion aspects of the league table.
“Colleagues across campus work exceedingly hard to give our students the best chance of success in life. Our graduates are well-rounded, engaged individuals with excellent skills and knowledge – a view that is clearly shared by employers.”
Pro vice-chancellor (learning and teaching) Professor Bernie Morley added: “We are always looking for ways to enhance the student experience and I think this is reflected in the improvement in the student satisfaction aspect of this league table.
“In addition to ranking as one of the top universities for employability, our placement programmes give our graduates a real advantage with starting salaries over £4,000 higher than the average for UK graduates.”
One of the authors of the guide Dr Bernard Kingston said universities had been affected by the current economic climate.
He said: “The employment market for graduates over the past year or so has been challenging and this is reflected in the rankings.
“Some universities have been able to maintain their domination of so-called graduate jobs, either because of their strong reputation among employers, or through the efforts they have made to overcome the effects of the recession.
“In other cases graduates are clearly trading down to find work in areas that are not defined as graduate employment.”
Elsewhere in the South West, Bristol was ranked 11th, Exeter 15th, Plymouth 53rd, West of England 61st, Bournemouth 64th and Gloucestershire 75th.
To view the full guide go to www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk.