This week the Guardian announced that University of Derby has risen in its University Guide into the top 50.
Derby’s rise of 29 places – to 50th place in the independent national rankings this year, from 79th in the Guide’s 2014 edition (published last year) – is the second highest jump in the country.
Universities are assessed on a variety of areas including employability spend per student; student-staff ratio, individual degree results and student experience.
Many of the figures are based wholly or partly on direct student surveys, including the annual National Student Survey (NSS) of final year students in the UK.
In this year’s The Guardian University Guide 2015, Derby’s figures include:
- Satisfied with course – 86.5 (percentage of final-year students satisfied with overall quality, based on the National Student Survey);
- Satisfied with teaching – 88.5 (percentage of final-year students satisfied with the teaching they received, based on the NSS);
- Satisfied with feedback – 76.2 (percentage of final-year students satisfied with feedback and assessment by lecturers, based on the NSS);
- Average entry tariff (typical UCAS scores) – 305.8.
Last month (May) the University’s position rose 16 places in the Complete University Guide 2015, to 87th place; making Derby the fourth best improved among UK universities and one of only ten to improve its position by ten places or more.
For more information on The Guardian University Guide 2015 see website www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2014/jun/02/university-league-tables-2015-the-complete-list