From wellbeing support to teaching quality, students studying University of Bath courses enjoy the best student experience in the South West and the fourth best nationally, according to the latest Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018 released today.


The ranking, which surveyed more than 20,000 undergraduates across 122 institutions nationally, polled students across 22 core aspects of student life – from wellbeing support, to facilities, campus environment and teaching quality.


Action on Addiction is a franchised partner of the University of Bath and in partnership with the university delivers a foundation degree in Addictions Counselling at its Warminster-based Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (CATS). Eligible students can also continue onto a third year of study to gain a BSc (Hons) degree in Addictions Counselling.


The university scored highly across a range of measures including: providing high quality facilities (2nd); enabling good extra-curricular activities and societies (2nd); for safety and security (2nd); our industry connections (3rd); meeting students’ personal requirements (3rd); and offering a good campus environment (3rd).


Today’s position complements last year’s Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the ranking in the Guardian University Guide 2018, which placed the university 5th.


In addition to support provided to students while studying University of Bath courses, employability for graduates remains very high thanks to its focus on successful placement schemes.


Work-based placements are a key feature of the addictions counselling courses delivered through CATS, with all students participating in placements at the UK’s best known and most effective treatment organisations.


This focus on placements means that, when compared with the national average, University of Bath graduates enjoy a starting salary on average £4,500 higher.


Katherine Jenkins, head of service for the Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies, said: "CATS has an outstanding reputation as a centre of excellence, offering excellent facilities and exceptional professional teaching, which is why our courses are delivered in partnership with the University of Bath, another centre of learning excellence which has been rightly recognised as one of the best in the country for student experience.


“Personalised tutor support and limited class sizes are at the bedrock of a superior learning experience at CATS which achieved 100% in the National Student Survey 2017. We also have very strong links with the organisations that employ our graduates.The degree programme has spawned the illustrious careers of leading lights in addictions treatment across the world, including in the UK, Canada, Portugal, Thailand and Spain. Whereas some of our graduates have gone on to mastermind their own extremely successful enterprises, others are now working in the very best treatment centres worldwide or teaching and inspiring others about addiction and related subjects.”


The Survey is divided into 22 different measures that define student experience with respondents asked to rate how their university performed using a seven-point agreement scale. It has been run in partnership with market research agency Youth Site since its inception in 2005.


This year, for the first time, three-year rolling averages were applied, enabling analysis of longer-term trends. For an institution to be included in the rankings there was a minimum threshold of 50 respondents.