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. It is designed as a compact, self-contained complex of academic buildings, student accommodation and sports facilities, on a 200 acre campus. Outstanding sports facilities include a sports training village, a floodlit 8 lane running track, a 50 metre swimming pool, tennis courts and squash courts.
The City of Bath, with its magnificent Georgian buildings and some of the finest Roman remains in Europe, is a United Nations World Heritage City. The Bath Music Festival each June is recognised as one of the most prestigious in Europe, and there are countless other Arts activities interspersed throughout the year. The compact city centre contains several cinemas, Bath Abbey, the elegant Theatre Royal, and numerous fascinating shops and museums. Bath is a city of history, of floral displays and busking, shopping and browsing. Bus links between the University and the city are excellent, and by train from Bath Spa railway station there is easy access to the rest of the country - Bath to London takes 1.25 hours and Bristol is only 15 minutes away.