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A steady rise over the past three years has resulted in the University of Chester’s best ever ranking in the Guardian University Guide 2014, one of the most highly regarded public measures of performance in higher education.
Last year was a record year for the University of Chester in terms of national newspaper league table performance, with a number of personal bests, and today’s news rewards another 12 months of aiming for the highest possible standards.
The University’s 46th position (out of 119 universities) places it third in the North West (behind only Lancaster and Manchester) and nationally it leads those institutions which have been granted university status since 2000.
The Guide assesses: satisfaction with teaching; satisfaction overall; satisfaction with feedback; spend per student; student:staff ratio; career prospects; entry points required to gain a place and ‘value added’. This is also broken down by subject.
Of particular note are the categories which relate to how satisfied students are with the feedback given to them by their lecturers, in which the University came seventh out of the UK’s 119 universities, and satisfaction with teaching, which scored 17th.
Data which informs the Guide is independent and gathered from sources such as the National Student Survey (NSS), in which market research company Ipsos MORI canvasses the views of all the country’s final years on aspects of their time as a student.
Dr Chris Haslam, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Development and the Student Experience) at the University, said: “Last year was a record year for the University of Chester in terms of national newspaper league table performance, with a number of personal bests, and today’s news rewards another 12 months of aiming for the highest possible standards.
“Our climb in the Guardian University Guide from 80th in the 2012 publication to 52nd last year and now within the top 50 is indicative not only of our approach and commitment to continuous improvement, but also of the fact that this is acknowledged by our students themselves.
“It is important to consider the whole picture. Investment in facilities and resources are a significant part of that, but the determination of our staff to keep students at the heart of their activities, whether that be through quality of teaching or careers advice, is crucial.
“The Times Higher Education recognised the University with its Most Improved Student Experience award during the current academic year and we are always striving to raise the bar even higher.”