In 2016 we celebrated 11 years as a university, 70 years of teacher education at Newton Park and over 160 years of teaching.

Key Facts

  • Bath Spa University is a creative university with around 7,000 students and 1,000 staff
  • Named by Which? as one of the top five creative universities in the UK
  • 94 per cent of Bath Spa graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduating
  • Ranked 58th out of 127 UK universities in The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016

Our History

The University has a proud heritage and was founded over 160 years ago in 1852 as the Bath School of Art. It enjoyed a reputation as one of the leading art schools in the country, and some of Britain’s best known artists, including Walter Sickert and Howard Hodgkin, studied and taught at what was to become the Bath School of Art and Design. In the immediate post war era it was acknowledged as a leading British Art school, involved in the flowering of the English Modernist movement.

Newton Park was leased from the Duchy of Cornwall in the 1940s as a teacher training institution and Sion Hill was built in the 1960s to house Bath College of Domestic Science. The two merged in 1975 to become Bath College of Higher Education and were joined by Bath Academy of Art in 1983.

In the 1990s Bath College of Higher Education was given the authority to award degrees and formally became Bath Spa University in 2005.

In 2016 we celebrated 11 years as a university, 70 years of teacher education at Newton Park and over 160 years of teaching.

Our Institutions

The names of the various institutions that became part of Bath Spa University are:

  • Bath School of Art
  • Bath Academy of Art
  • Bath College of Higher Education
  • Newton Park Teacher Training College
  • Bath College of Domestic Science
  • City of Bath Training College
  • Bath Spa University College
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