An update from University of Bath's Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Ian White DL FREng 

As we approach the end of the academic year I am writing to thank you all, as valued members of our alumni community, for your continued support and important contributions to the University’s ongoing success.

The 2022-2023 academic year has been an important turning point, in which we have seen remarkable achievements across education, research, enterprise and student experience recognised in our enhanced ranking positions at both national and international level. The year began with Bath being named The Times and Sunday Times University of the Year 2023 and ends with us ranked in the UK’s top 5 by the Complete University Guide 2024. Internationally we climb 31 places in the QS World University Rankings to join the top 150, or 10%, of universities globally.

These are significant milestones for the University, reinforcing our strategic direction and uncompromising focus on excellence and community. These are without question our greatest strengths and define above all else what is so special about Bath, and what will ultimately enable us to realise our highest ambitions: to support the global common good, working in partnership with others for the advancement of knowledge, through an outstanding and inclusive University community, characterised by excellence in education, research and innovation. That is our Vision, which unites each and every one of us and I would like to offer my grateful thanks to all of our supporters for the extremely valuable role you play in helping us to achieve our goals and further our mission.

I very much look forward to continuing our important work over the next, and my final, year at the University of Bath.

With warm good wishes,

Professor Ian White DL FREng 

Vice-Chancellor & President
University of Bath

Find out more about our rankings and reputation. 

An imagined hydrogen pipeline

£11m awarded to the UK’s hydrogen research hub at Bath

UK-HyRES, led by the University, aims to deliver practical hydrogen and alternative liquid fuels that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.


Scans of a human brain

Test to detect dementia earlier gets £1.5m boost

Revolutionary technology to improve early dementia diagnosis could soon be helping patients and their families, thanks to a grant awarded to the universities of Bath and Bristol.


Green and white pillsPainkillers from pine trees

Researchers from Bath’s Institute for Sustainability have found that paracetamol and ibuprofen can be made from a chemical in pine trees instead of crude oil products.



Group of women smiling and laughing togetherAutism: “Finding out later was better.”

Bath and London researchers find that being diagnosed with autism later in life can be a positive experience.



Woman facing up at a tall climbing wall with multiple routes to climb up it

Are women more risk averse than men?

Women are more sensitive to the pain of potential losses, new research from our School of Management shows.



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50 years of University Radio Bath: your memories

To celebrate URB’s 50th, you shared memories of campus' standout station. Got a story of your own? Get in touch.



Upcoming events in 2023

Visualising Loss: How to create a memory when people are forgotten? – Weds 2 Aug 6.00PM (BST), Bath
A panel discussion from researchers and artists exploring how art and politics can help us understand loss and violence.

The Modern Pentathlon and Laser Run World Championships 2023 – Sat 19 Aug 9.00AM (BST), Bath
The University of Bath is the official host venue for the World Championships, which will see top athletes compete for podium positions – and qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games!

Alumni Drinks in Edinburgh – Tues 29 Aug 7.00PM (BST)
Join fellow Bath grads and members of the University’s alumni team for drinks in Edinburgh.

Get Connected Bath – Tues 24 Oct 2023 6.30PM (BST)
Join Bath alumni and students for an evening of networking and socialising and enjoy a drink on us!

Alumni Reception in Geneva – Sat 23 Sept, 7.00PM (CEST)
We will be joined by Dr Alexander Lunt (Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Senior Fellow, CERN) and colleagues, who will provide an update about the University's partnership with CERN and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiment.

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