University of Bath VIP Program

, Bath and North East Somerset, England BA2 7AY, United Kingdom


Bath and North East Somerset, England BA2 7AY
United Kingdom
Latitude: 51.379327
Longitude: -2.327159

The Institution

Founded in 1966 the University of Bath is located in the south west of England, in what is commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. Famed for its Georgian architecture and acres of green space, Bath was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and is home to an abundance of historic sites, theatres and museums, including the Jane Austen museum, which celebrates the life of the author in her hometown. The institution boasts notable alumni spanning a wide range of disciplines, including founder of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Professor Douglas G Altman, television producer Ash Atalla and rugby player Steve Borthwick. The university is organised across four faculties: engineering and design, humanities and social science, management and science. It has gained particular recognition for its research facilities and in 2021 the Research Excellence Framework of Bath’s research activities as being ‘world leading/internationally excellent’. The institution was awarded triple gold in Teaching Excellent Framework in 2023.awarded triple Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2023 Sports are central to the Bath experience: the university has among the best sports facilities in the UK, oftens hosting a range of international teams and lays claim to several Olympic medal-winners who trained at the university. More than 15,000 students are enrolled at Bath, with more than a quarter of them coming from outside the UK.

The Program

Since 2019/20, the University of Bath has been developing Vertically Integrated Projects (VIPs), which are innovative research and applied learning projects that enable inter-disciplinary, multi-level teams of students to work with a member of academic staff on long-term real-world projects. The University of Bath is the first University in England to develop VIPs.  VIPs are an attempt to create sustainable, research-engaged communities of staff and students - both undergraduate and postgraduate - who work collaboratively on live projects. 

Our students come from a range of disciplines or fields and from across year groups, enabling more experience students to support other student team member, and allowing everyone involved to work closely with researchers, senior staff and local businesses.


VIPS are currently extra curricular with some departments including credit bearing VIPs in their curriculum through curriculum transformation. 


For descriptions of current Vertically Integrated Projects, click here.


Paul Chin, Head of Learning & Teaching


Steph Kamffer, Project Officer