September 22, 2017, by Emma Rayner
Nottingham rises up the rankings
The University of Nottingham has once again risen up the rankings in a national league table.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 will be published on Sunday 24 September, featuring profiles on 131 UK universities.
This year Nottingham features at number 18 in the table, a rise of two places since last year.
In a year of high achievement that saw it shortlisted for the University of the Year Award for the second successive year, the institution was named among graduate employers’ favourite recruiting grounds and featured as the top Russell Group university in The Economist’s analysis of average graduate salaries in comparison with their expected levels.
In June this year the University received a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework and launched a £200m research investment. The investment includes the introduction of six Beacons of Excellence aimed at tackling global challenges, such as solving modern slavery and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar at the University of Nottingham, said: “Nottingham has long been recognised as one of the world’s top universities for the quality and breadth of our teaching and research.
“This year the TEF Gold rating, our research investment, and data showing our graduates earn more than other university graduates, continues to underline this recognition. We’ve seen very positive results in this year’s tables which is an indication we are getting things right and we will continue to work hard to improve the experience we offer our students.”
Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Shortlisted for our University of the Year award for the second successive year, Nottingham is long-established as one of the “go to” destinations for undergraduates. It proves it is possible to excel at both teaching and research, and significant effort has been expended in recent years to provide a student experience commensurate with the university’s status.
“A pioneer in establishing international campuses, which provide students with excellent opportunities to study abroad in high-quality academic environments, Nottingham has also upgraded extensively at home also. The new £40m David Ross Sports Village is the latest iconic facility to come on stream.
“Other university awards have a special prize for university leadership. We don’t, but it would be remiss not to mention the role of Professor Sir David Greenaway, Nottingham’s outgoing Vice-Chancellor, in shaping the present University of Nottingham. As he retires, he leaves an institution we are confident will continue its upward trajectory in our rankings – and more importantly will continue to make a compelling offer to students in an increasingly crowded higher education marketplace.”
The new University Guide has also rated Nottingham as the best university for agriculture and forestry in the UK.
The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.