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Friday 22 September 2017

Solent rises up the Times/Sunday Times league table

This year’s Times/Sunday Times Good University league table has seen Solent improve its position again.

The University has climbed 10 places taking it to 100 out of 129 institutions, compared to 110 out of 128 last year.

The strongest measures for the University were student-staff ratio, teaching quality, services/facilities spend, student experience and number of firsts/2:1s achieved. The highest-ranking subject areas were communication and media; law; and hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism.

Within subject areas, our English course received 94.9% for teaching quality and 91.4% for student experience, placing it 1st and 3rd respectively for those categories. Law was 4th within the student experience (89.8%) category and 5th for the teaching excellence (90.2%) category, within its subject area. In addition, within its subject area, architecture was in the top ten for the teaching quality (90.2%) category. 

Professor Julie Hall, Solent’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, says: “We are an innovative, inclusive and ambitious university that excels in preparing students to succeed in the global world we live in and meeting employers’ expectations. We are happy to see this continuing to be reflected in university league tables.

“We are committed to investing in the student experience. Recent milestones include opening our £6 million maritime campus and work starting on our £28 million new sports building. We have also been granted Research Degree Awarding Powers (RDAP) allowing us to design, deliver and award our own research degrees.

“By continuing to develop our sector-leading integration of theory and practice, Solent will continue to produce self-confident and highly employable graduates who have maximised their educational potential.”

This is the second rise in league tables for the University this year after it climbed 11 places in the University of the Year category for student-voted WhatUni’s Student Choice Awards, taking it to 85 out of 127. The University was also ranked ninth in the sector for graduate start-ups, 12th for boosting graduate earnings, and is above Oxford, Liverpool and Durham when it comes to graduate employment rates.

More information on the Times/Sunday Times league table will be announced on Sunday (24 September).