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Working at Bath

Our Mission is to deliver world class research and teaching, educating our graduates to become future leaders and innovators, and benefiting the wider population through our research, enterprise and influence.

We are a truly international community with over 120,000 alumni located in 173 countries around the globe, nearly 30 per cent of our academics are international with around the same proportion in our student population.

We are a first choice destination for students in an increasingly competitive market. Students are attracted by our excellent academic reputation, our outstanding graduate employment record, our world-class sports facilities, and the wide array of other social, recreational and personal development opportunities we offer. Our ability to offer placement options across our discipline base, and with leading organisations, is unique among UK research universities.

Our staff are vital in creating the University’s vibrant and innovative academic community, and we value working collaboratively with others within our global network of contacts in business, the professions, the public and voluntary sectors.

Our beautifully landscaped campus offers a real community feel to staff and students alike. Overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bath it provides a friendly and safe environment in which to work.

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Our staff enjoy a safe and pleasant working environment, with a variety of benefits encompassing pay, pension and work-life balance, along with excellent facilities on campus.


Pay awards to recognise cost of living increases are negotiated nationally through the Universities & Colleges Employers’ Association (UCEA) with recognised trade unions. The University has a defined pay and grading structure which is adjusted in line with the national pay award. Grades for individual jobs are determined through the application of the Higher Education Role Analysis scheme (HERA).


We operate two generous pension schemes – Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and the University of Bath Group Pension Plan (UoBGPP). These schemes include an ill-health provision, death in service, lump sum payment and an annual pension. All staff will be informed of their particular pension entitlement through their contract of employment. 

Work-Life Balance

We offer generous holiday entitlements which include the 8 statutory bank holidays as well as 5 further discretionary days.  For staff with family/caring responsibilities, we offer a whole package of family friendly policies which provide for flexible working, additional paid maternity and paternity leave, parental leave and leave for family emergencies.

World class sporting facilities are available on-site with subsidised access for staff. Our £30 million sports complex has a dedicated team of specialists and has become a renowned centre for sporting excellence used by some of the finest elite athletes in the country.

Contribution Pay

We operate a Contribution Pay scheme for recognising and rewarding staff for exceptional performance within their current grade. The arrangements aim to recognise and encourage sustained excellence, commitment and professionalism. A similar scheme also exists for professorial and senior professional staff at the University.


The University runs its own on-site nursery called Westwood Nursery.  To support staff with childcare costs we offer a salary exchange childcare voucher scheme.


Only 2km from the centre of the City of Bath, there is subsidised parking available on site, but we are also served by good public transport and promote green transport issues including a cycle to work scheme.

Staff Profiles

Gain a greater insight into what it is like to work at the University of Bath.

Steven Wonnacott talking about his journey since joining the University. 

Dr Marianne Hawkins, Technical Manager South Science describing her professional inspiring journey at the University

Otter Baker, Teaching Fellow within Skills Centre discussing her experiences at UoB.

Saiyada Fazal, Careers Advisor, exploring as a new starter joining the University and how her career has progressed.

Mike Porter, Head of Security, providing an insight into life on campus.

Professor Marcelle McManus shares her inspiring journey since she joined the University

Our Campus

Sited on Claverton Down, overlooking the city,  the compact size of the campus provides a real feel of community for all our staff.

We have a wide range of on-site amenities and are surrounded by beautiful countryside, combining together to create an excellent environment in which to work.


The Edge Arts is an academic research centre commissioning new arts projects regionally and nationally, and offers training opportunities for artists, arts professionals, academics and educators.  The Edge Arts present symposia and publications with an emphasis on interdisciplinary practice.


There is a post office, and 2 supermarkets on campus.


A wide range of places to buy food or drink to either eat-in or take-away. 


This is both a place and a team of people, available to people of all faiths or none.


Westwood Nursery is purpose-built and offers excellent childcare facilities from 6 months to school age.


World-class sporting facilties and the home of Team Bath. Our renowned £30 million Sports Training Village (STV) on campus houses sport, fitness, coaching, physio and sport science facilities all largely under one roof.

The STV has indoor and outdoor facilities to accommodate more than 50 sports and, as well as being a world-class multi-sport training environment, regularly hosts major international competitions such as the Fed Cup tennis and Modern Pentathlon European Championships.



Staff Development

Opportunities for professional development

We encourage all staff to learn, develop new skills and progress their careers throughout their employment with us. There is a variety of opportunities that will help you to enhance your performance in your current job, prepare for other positions within the University and to move on to other roles.

Induction and Probation

In your first few months, you will be supported to learn your job and the broader workings of the University, including induction to departmental systems, an 'Introduction to the University' day, and on-the-job training where appropriate.

Staff Development and Performance Review

The annual review scheme, which you undertake with your line manager, is at the heart of your professional development. From these meetings you will identify things you need to learn, and opportunities – within the University or outside – that will fulfil those needs. By planning in partnership with your manager, you will be encouraged to apply what you’ve learned back on the job.

Learning Opportunities

The University offers development events across a broad range of themes, from lunchtime briefing sessions to accredited programmes that may take many months to complete, and include close personal support. These are provided by both internal staff development teams and external experts, usually working to tightly-specified commissions so that the material is tailored to the University of Bath context. If you can’t find the right opportunity in your department or the University, it may be possible to attend courses outside.

Immigration, visas and relocation
Living in Bath

The World Heritage City of Bath is one of the most interesting, elegant and vibrant cities in the UK. The city is known for its many beautiful buildings and the natural hot springs which gave the city its name.

From the historic Roman Baths to the contemporary Thermae Bath Spa, the city has a unique blend of architectural heritage and modern living.

Bath is home to several excellent museums and galleries, and hosts various festivals and events throughout the year.

Bath’s exceptional food and drink scene has gained the city a reputation as a delicious destination. There are over 150 restaurants, cafés and traditional pubs set within a great range of shopping from high street stores to small specialist shops.

Bath is a beautifully green city, with numerous parks and gardens to explore.

There is a comprehensive bus service throughout the city as well as good transport links to the region and beyond. The mainline railway means London is within easy reach and the nearby motorway connects Bath to the rest of the UK.

Bath has an excellent range of schools with a wide choice of secondary education. There are numerous parks, play areas and open spaces including the wonderful Royal Victoria Park, one of the first public parks in the country.

The city offers many enjoyable outdoor activities. You can take a boat trip on the River Avon, walk beside the Kennet and Avon Canal or make use of the superb sports facilities.

Bath is surrounded by magnificent countryside and interesting places. Stonehenge, Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, Oxford and Bristol are all within easy reach of Bath.

Below, Saiyada Fazal, Careers Advisor, exploring as a new starter, joining the University.