As a medium sized university, students benefit from a close-knit, friendly community and have regular contact with tutors. The University currently have around 7,000 students studying at either undergraduate, masters and PhD level from over 80 different countries.
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 recognised collection of important and established learning institutes for the South West of England, it was agreed that Bath Spa University should be created as a University in August 2005.
Schools of study: Art & Design, Education, Social Sciences, Music & Performing Arts, English & Creative Studies, Historical & Cultural Studies, Science & the Environment.
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.
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.
University has two main campuses, Newton Park (where all the subjects, apart from Art and Design are taught) and Sion Hill (Bath School of Art and Design). Campus located just outside the city of Bath. Students normally use frequent buses, which take them directly to the city centre. The city of Bath is comfortably located only 9 miles from one of the biggest cities in the UK - Bristol and only 90 minutes from the capital London.