Bath Spa University UK has an established reputation for courses that offer high quality teaching across a range of disciplines areas. The University is recognized as being a leading University in the UK for Creativity, Culture and Enterprise and offers an innovative and up to date curricula which meets the needs of industry and the students.
Bath Spa University is a leading education provider for the creative industries with a clear focus on creativity, culture, enterprise and education.
The institution dates right back to 1852 where the Bath School of Art was founded as a result of Government debate on concerns about the strength of international design and manufacture at the time of the 1851 Great Exhibition. In 1946 Bath Training College was opened on the Newton Park campus, as part of the post-war initiatives to fill wartime teaching shortages by a one-year course ex-service people. As a recognized collection of important and established learning institutes for the South West of England, it was agreed that Bath Spa University should be formed as a University in August 2005.
As a medium sized university, students benefit from a close-knit, friendly community and have regular contact with tutors. We currently have around 7,000 students studying at either undergraduate, masters and PhD level from over 80 different countries.
Building on its longstanding and solid reputation, Bath Spa is now widely regarded as a high quality centre of excellence for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and provides a top quality student experience for UK and overseas students. Its focus on creativity, culture and enterprise is also well recognised, and in 2014/15, the University was ranked as one of the top six creative universities in the UK by ‘Which?’
Both UK and international students have independently confirmed their satisfaction with Bath Spa. In 2015/16, the UK National Student Survey found that Bath Spa scored 90% overall satisfaction from final year students placing it amongst the top 20 universities in the UK. A similar international survey for overseas students was undertaken by Igraduate (the ISB) which found that international students rated Bath Spa number 1 in the UK for international student support through personal tutoring. Overall student support was ranked as 6th in the UK, social interaction was ranked as 6th and overall day to day living was also ranked as 6th.
Regular rankings by the UK national press place Bath Spa in a mid-table position. The University is ranked 58 in the Times Good University Guide 2016 and the 6th best University in the UK for teaching quality. It also highly respected as the 8th Best Modern University in the UK, according to The Times.
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