University Title

Under new DfES criteria, in September 2004, what was Bath Spa University College applied for university title to the Privy Council. The procedure required that the Privy Council consult the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) for advice. The Application for University Title was assessed by a group of peer-reviewers appointed by QAA in November 2004, and the title Bath Spa University granted in summer 2005.

The application for university title may be read as an html file, and a printable version in PDF format is also available.

The application speculates on the nature of a "teaching-led" university, in the event of the application's success. This discussion was carried forward in various papers of the Academic Board, notably a paper prepared by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, David Timms, in November 2004: "The Teaching-Led University".


  1. Introduction
  2. Mission, size, and organisation
  3. Readiness for university title
  4. Academic and professional expertise of staff
  5. Engagement with pedagogic development
  6. Staff scholarship and the curriculum
  7. Staff development and appraisal for teaching effectiveness
  8. Staff with key programme management responsibilities
  9. The teaching-led university


Last updated by David Timms 01 November 2004