UWE Bristol named 60th best University in the UK

Issue date: 28 April 2017


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has moved up seven places in the Complete University Guide. The Guide is influential in helping new students make key decisions and is used by teachers and parents to support applicants who are considering applying to UK Universities.

UWE Bristol is ranked 60th for 2018, a rise of seven places from last year. This uplift is driven by significant performance increases Student Satisfaction (NSS), Graduate Prospects (DLHE) and Academic Services Spend per Student indicators.

Ten UWE Bristol subjects now rank in the top 20: Land and Property Management, Building, Occupational Therapy, Medical Technology, Education, Forensic Science, Architecture, Physiotherapy, Social Work, and Creative Writing with the first three of these subjects ranked in the top 10.

UWE Bristol is number one in the South West for seven subjects: Land and Property Management, Building, Education, Forensic Science, Creative Writing, Nursing, and Linguistics.

Professor Steve West, UWE Bristol President and Vice-Chancellor, said, “It is a move in the right direction but we have ambitions to make the top 50. We believe we are already there in so many ways. We have made £300million investment in buildings and infrastructure and transformed the campuses. We have seen a doubling in size of our main campus with state of the art buildings and facilities that underpin our capacity to offer the very best experience for our students.

“This coupled with our growing global, national and regional influence gained through partnership working with universities, business, industry, schools and colleges means we have a network working with us to create unique and inspiring opportunities.

“Our focus is clear – to be the best university in the UK for the success and impact of our professionally-recognised and practice-oriented courses.

“We are a university for the real world and we offer what we have dubbed a 360 degree experience that blends academic and practical experience. Our strategy is centred on developing successful partnerships with employers so that we develop our courses to fit their needs. This is what will give our students the best chance to succeed.”

The Increase from last year now puts UWE in the top 30 institutions for Student Satisfaction in the Complete Guide. The university has also seen a 5th consecutive increase in Graduate Prospects score: 64.6 – 67.5 – 68.2 – 70.4 – 76.3 (2014 to 2018)

The University is second in the South West for a further eight subjects: Occupational Therapy, Medical Technology, Architecture, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Town and Country Planning, Art and Design and Anatomy and Physiology.

Electrical Engineering and Education have had the biggest uplifts year on year (+12 and +9 respectively) driven by Student Satisfaction and Graduate Prospects.

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