UWE Bristol climbs 16 places in Guardian league table

Issue date: 16 May 2017


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has climbed 16 places in the latest Guardian University Guide league table.

UWE Bristol has risen to joint 52nd position in the annual rankings published by the newspaper today, up from 68th last year. The university has now climbed the influential table for a second consecutive year, with improving student satisfaction ratings and graduate employability prospects playing a pivotal role in the rise.

In its 2018 table, the Guardian has ranked UWE Bristol in the top 30 out of 121 higher education institutions for student satisfaction with teaching and in the top 20 for student satisfaction with feedback.

Two subject areas taught at UWE Bristol (film production & photography and philosophy) feature in the guide's top 10 while a further seven subject areas earned top 20 places - architecture; art; design & crafts; education; journalism, publishing and public relations; earth & marine sciences; and politics.

The Guardian league tables focus on the quality of teaching, student satisfaction and employability. Produced by independent company Intelligent Metrix, the guide ranks universities according to: spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students' entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS).

The overall Guardian league table is accompanied by subject rankings, showing how universities perform across 54 areas of study.

Progression for UWE Bristol in the Guardian league table follows recent improvement in the other leading national rankings. Last month, the university rose seven places in the Complete University Guide while in September last year it climbed 13 positions in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said: “We are delighted to have improved our standing in the Guardian league table for a second successive year. Strong student satisfaction scores and excellent employment outcomes for our recent graduates have been instrumental in UWE Bristol climbing this table and other national rankings in recent years.

“Our higher position reflects a £300 million investment in new state-of-the-art facilities, our focus on partnerships to create unique and inspiring opportunities for students and the development of successful professionally-recognised and practice-oriented courses. As a university, we are continuing to focus on improvement across the board and placing the student experience at the heart of our work.”

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