​The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranking

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The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide is one of the three main national rankings for universities in the UK. The 2017 UK rankings were released 26th September, and universities were graded by student experience, graduate prospects, entry points, completion rate and overall point score. But why does this rank system matter, anyway?

• For international students, studying in the UK is a massive investment. The annual university rankings help to determine the international standing of universities they want to apply for nationally AND globally. This may ultimately sway their final choice of university.

• The Times and Sunday Times Good University guide also makes its rankings based on student satisfaction. Potential university students are usually concerned about whether or not graduates are satisfied with the teaching quality and standards of their course. It is an expensive investment, after all.

• For future postgraduate students, they ought to be paying attention to the graduate prospects of universities, which is a criterion for rank. 


See below for the 2017 official rankings:

University

The Sunday Times Good University Guide

(2017)

(UK Ranking)

Cambridge

1

Oxford

2

Imperial College London

5

St   Andrews

3

Durham

4

Warwick

7

Exeter

9

Surrey

14

LSE

8

UCL

6

Lancaster

9

Bath

12

Loughborough

11

Leeds

13

York

17

Southampton

21

Birmingham

16

East Anglia

15

Sussex

18

Bristol

19

Sheffield

24

Edinburgh

37

Kent

23

Newcastle

22

Nottingham

20

Glasgow

29

King's College London

27

Leicester

25

Manchester

32

Aston

33

Queen’s University Belfast

26

Reading

31

Cardiff

46

Queen Mary University

40

Essex

30

Royal Holloway

34

Dundee

28

Heriot-Watt

37

Liverpool

39

Buckingham

41

City

50

Swansea

44

Keele

42

SOAS

35

Aberdeen

44

Strathclyde

48

Coventry

47

St George's University of London

70

Harper Adams

36

Stirling

43

Royal Agricultural University

63

Bangor

61

De Montfort

67

Nottingham Trent

57

Oxford Brookes

69

Falmouth University

52

Ulster

68

Bath Spa

75

Portsmouth

59

Brunel

54

Norwich University of the Arts

88

Lincoln

51

University for Creative Arts

53

Northumbria

65

Winchester

72

Goldsmiths

54

Hull

65

Edge Hill

58

Robert Gordon

86

Huddersfield

77

Chichester

82

Sheffield Hallam

79

West England

60

Liverpool John Moore

86

Bradford

76

Hertfordshire

91

Manchester Metropolitan

72

Roehampton

78

Aberystwyth

56

Liverpool Hope

49

Arts University Bournemouth

64

Bournemouth University

62

Northampton

97

Derby

83

Middlesex

74

Plymouth

80

Chester

81

Gloucestershire

71

York St John

110

Brighton

104

Leeds Trinity

96

UCLan

101

Edinburgh Napier

93

Glasgow Caledonian

99

Staffordshire

92

Queen Margaret

101

Abertay

85

Salford

98

UAL

109

St Mary’s University Twickenham

116

Worcester

90

Teeside

101

Canterbury Christ Church

114

South Wales

115

London South Bank

120

Bolton

124

Newman

112

Southampton Solent

110

Kingston

122

Suffolk

126

Leeds Beckett

112

West Scotland

106

Greenwich

107

Anglia Ruskin

108

Cumbria

119

Sunderland

100

Bedfordshire

121

London Metropolitan

127

East London

123

Wrexham Glyndwr

125

University of the Highlands and Islands

128


For postgraduate students:

The Research Excellence Framework (first conducted in 2008 as the Research Assessment Exercise) is also an important indicator for the research quality of a university. This is important in assessing the quality of postgraduate courses at an institution.

 

BUT!

Remember that the league tables are not a fair assessment of smaller, more specialized institutions which have more specialized and specific research.

• Always know where the data is coming from. Specialised institutions such as SOAS or Cranfield University may never fare well in the overall UK/world league tables, due to their specialist research and small sizes.

The Research Excellence Framework was conducted back in 2014. It has been 2 years since then!

• Know the criteria differences between the tables. The Guardian’s league table relies heavily on student experience, while The Times leans more towards figures and research assessment scores.

• Specific subject league tables are a better indicator of subject quality on the ground.

The National Student Survey (filled in by all final year students) is the primary indicator for student satisfaction. It is a measure of student opinion.

 

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More information:

There are two other national rankings for reference:

Complete University Guide

The Guardian