University of Chester is fifth highest ‘riser’ in national league table.

Posted on 28th September 2017

As a new term begins, the University of Chester is celebrating a rise of 20 places (the fifth biggest in the country) in this year’s The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The University is in joint 61st place in the league table, published on Sunday, September 24, placing it in the top 50% out of the 129 participating institutions across the UK.

The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide is compiled using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the National Student Survey (NSS), the national funding councils and the institutions themselves. Each university is ranked according to the total mark it achieved across nine distinct areas.

The University performed particularly well overall in terms of its teaching quality (26th) and student experience (46th.)

At subject level, there were 59 ‘top 10’ and 19 ‘top three’ positions for aspects of individual courses taught at the University. First, or first equal in the country were:

  • Education (for its student:staff ratio;)
  • Maths (for value added;)
  • Archaeology, East and South Asian Studies, French, Geography, German, Iberian Studies and Sociology (for research intensity;)
  • German again (for both teaching quality and student experience.)

This performance comes just a few months after the University was awarded a Silver rating earlier this year in the Government’s first ever Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), declaring it a high quality provider.

Earlier in 2017, the University was placed in the top 10 (and best in the North West) for Academic Experience and top 10 Student Welfare in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. It was in 15th place for overall Student Experience out of 122 participating UK universities.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester, Professor Tim Wheeler, said: “This is a fitting recognition of the hard work of staff and the efforts of our students.

“The University of Chester remains a popular choice with students, with seven applicants competing for each available place. Our significant performance in this important league table should stand the University in good stead for 2018 entry and we expect modest continuing growth over the next three years.

“We will continue to work hard at all levels of the institution to meet the needs of our students.”