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Guardian league table top 10 spots for Surrey and Lancaster

05 June 2014

Of the 14 university brands Study Group’s works with in the UK, nine are now positioned in the country’s top 50. That’s according to the Guardian’s latest league table, published 2 June 2014. 

Leading the Study Group elite, the University of Surrey and Lancaster University have earned covetable places in the top 10, alongside Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews, who take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. 

Surrey’s strategy to pay closer attention to student opinion has clearly paid off, seeing the Guildford-based institution leap up the league from 12th to 6th in just two years. 

Lancaster has also continued to increase student satisfaction rates, edging its way forward from 11th place to 10th since last year’s analysis and knocking University College London out of the top 10.

Other significant Study Group partner gains in the Guardian top 50 include the University of Leeds, rising up the rankings from 34th to 28th; Royal Holloway, advancing from 38th to 36th; Sheffield, edging upwards from 38th to 37th; Keele, climbing from 45th to 42nd; and Sussex, gaining seven places to come 43rd.

Taking a closer look at individual subject rankings, Strathclyde’s politics department has made a very convincing leap into 9th place after coming 34th last year. The university also holds onto its noteworthy position in Accounting and Finance, coming 3rd

Further south, the University of Leicester continues to prove its mettle in a number of subjects, including Media and Film Studies (7th), Biosciences (8th), and Business, Management and Marketing (12th).

The universities’ scores, based on the annual National Student Survey, take into account spend per student, staff / student ratio, graduate career prospects, academic entry requirements, a comparison between students’ entry qualifications and their final degree results, and overall course satisfaction of final-year students.

See the full listings, on the Guardian

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