Ranked in the top ten of UK universities in 2015 by the Guardian, the Times and Sunday Times, and the Complete University Guide, named University of the Year in 2011/12, and first for student satisfaction in 2013 and 2014, the University of Bath is one of the leading research intensive universities in the United Kingdom. This was augmented by an excellent performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assesses the quality of research in UK Higher Education Institution, with 87% of research deemed world-leading/internationally excellent. The University’s institutional research grant portfolio is approximately £122M. Extremely successful for a university of its age, it ranked 11th in the 2013 QS World University Rankings list “Top 50 Under 50”, and was the ‘Best Campus University in Britain’ in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014, and 4th in the Guardian 2015 University Guide.
The University has a robust infrastructure to support the development of research and maximise its value and impact. There are a number of internal funding schemes to enable impact from research and to support international collaboration. The central Research Support and Funding office is very experienced and fully compliant with the financial administration of European projects, and currently holds over £14M (approx €19M) in funding. Bath has extensive experience in managing European projects, both as partner and coordinator. Current projects for which Bath is Coordinator include Cooperation projects in Transport, Space, Environment, Energy Efficient Buildings, three Marie Curie Initial Training Networks, and most recently Horizon 2020 projects in Climate Action, Transport and NMP.