The University of Bath was founded in 1966, and is unmistakably modern in both appearance and outlook. It is firmly established as one of the best Universities in the UK, regularly appearing in the top ten of national surveys and has an impressive record of research. The research portfolio of the University now amounts to £42 million, with funding coming from Research Councils, the European Union, charities, business and industry world-wide. The Library is the only 24 hour academic library in the UK, and stocks all the major scientific journals. There are 400 PCs for student use in the recently opened Learning Centre, which is conveniently part of the Library. All the PCs and also 35 dedicated UNIX work-stations, are available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Access to numerous scientific databases is provided in this way.
The University, which is situated on a single campus a mile from the city of Bath, is one of the smaller universities in Britain, supporting a hard-working, hard playing community approaching some 10,000 students, including over 700 international students as well as a cosmopolitan postgraduate community of over 3,000.