University of Bath ranked third in Sunday Times guide

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The University of Bath has been named as the third best university in the UK by the Sunday Times newspaper.

The accolade is the university's highest rank in the guide, with only Cambridge and Oxford above it out of 126 UK universities and colleges.

It recognises Bath's all-round excellence, encompassing a range of aspects of research, teaching, employability and student experience.

Last year, the university was placed in fifth position.

The guide's league table is compiled using a number of criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, academic peer review, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, drop-out rates and graduate employment levels.

Vice-chancellor Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, said the award is a "fantastic achievement".

"To be ranked third in the UK confirms the research and teaching excellence that takes place here, and clearly demonstrates the high quality, distinctive student experience we offer," she said.

"To do this before we have even reached our 50th anniversary is no mean feat. I am immensely proud of the dedication and enthusiasm of our staff and students."

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