Significant increase in Guardian 2019 league table ranking


UWTSD has today (May 29) seen its ranking increase by 27 positions in the Guardian 2019 University league table, a joint 3rd highest increase in ranking in the UK. 

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The University is now positioned 85th overall which features 121 institutions across the UK.  The Guardian ranks universities according to nine different measures, including 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 NSS.

UWTSD scores particularly well for ‘satisfaction with feedback’, achieving a joint 6th position in the UK.  There are also a number of excellent overall subject positions, such as ‘Fashion & Textiles’ (8th in the UK), ‘Design & Crafts’ (11th in the UK) ‘Art’ (20th in the UK) and ‘Forensic Science & Archaeology’ (1st in Wales).

At subject level too, there are very positive results in various individual measures.  For ‘satisfied with teaching’ ‘Forensic Science & Archaeology’ ranks 2nd in the UK, ‘Business, Management & Marketing’ 5th, ‘Classics & Ancient History’ 7th, ‘Education’ 8th, ‘Design & Crafts’ 10th and ‘Fashion & Textiles’ joint 9th  in the UK.  There are similar excellent results in the ‘satisfaction with feedback’ category with ‘Business, Management & Marketing’ ranking 1st in the UK, ‘Classics & Ancient History’ 3rd, ‘Fashion & Textiles’ 4th, ‘Mechanical Engineering’ 5th, ‘Hospitality, Events & Tourism’ 5th, and ‘Design & Crafts’ 6th in the UK.  For ‘course satisfaction’, ‘Social Policy & Administration’ ranks 7th in the UK and ‘Social Work’ ranks 10th in the UK.

Dr Mirjam Plantinga, the University’s Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Experience, said:

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) welcomes the news that we have risen 27 places in the Guardian 2019 league table.

We are particularly pleased with the results for the various student satisfaction measures and for student to staff ratio.  These demonstrate the institution’s commitment to quality of teaching.

The result of this league table confirms the results of the recent Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018 which saw the university jump 32 places to 11th in the UK in the University of the Year category and the results of the Times Higher Student Experience Survey where the University gained a 7th overall in the UK and first in Wales for ‘academic experience’.

As we do with every league table, we will be looking at the results to help us identify areas for enhancement.  National league tables provide us with that vital feedback to help us ensure that we meet the needs of our students.”


Further Information

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