Birmingham is The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014
The University of Birmingham is The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014. The Times and The Sunday Times have produced acclaimed, but separate, university guides since 1993 and 1998 respectively. This year, the new, combined Good University Guide will provide the most comprehensive guide to higher education in Britain in print and digital formats across The Times and The Sunday Times. The newspaper content will be published over the course of a week, beginning with a 56 page supplement free this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 22)
An outstanding performance has led to the University of Birmingham being named The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year. The university has risen eight places overall this year, coming 16th nationally. It’s in the top ten, up 21 places, for graduate prospects, with 80.8% of students going on to professional work or graduate study. It’s also in the top ten for its facilities spend, £2,219 per student. It finished just outside of the top ten in the country for the percentage of students gaining a first or 2:1 (78.8%) and completing their degree programmes (95.1%). Judges praised the university for its innovative approach to student recruitment this year when it made 1,000 unconditional offers to applicants who were predicted to get at least AAA at A-level. It helped the university recruit some of the brightest school-leavers in Britain, while taking the pressure off the sixth-formers when they sat their summer examinations in June.
Commenting on the news, Neil Rami, Chief Executive of Marketing Birmingham – which is responsible for promoting the city as a place to visit, meet and invest – said:
It is a tremendous accolade for the University of Birmingham to be recognised as the UK’s leading higher education facility by The Sunday Times – and is testimony to its outstanding performance in recent years.
The acclaimed title further cements Birmingham’s status as a world-class university city, which provides an unforgettable experience for the 78,000 students that study here.
Producing some 25,000 graduates each year – over half of which go on to find employment in Birmingham – our young talent are a key driving force behind the city’s economy.
Home to five universities, specialising in growing sectors such as digital and life sciences, Birmingham boasts a highly skilled resource pool, which helps to attract crucial inward investment opportunities and boost our reputation as a city of innovation, invention and progress.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities. The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.
In line with the release of The Good University Guide, The Sunday Times will also launch a competition giving current students the chance to win £5,000 towards their living expenses at university, as well as the opportunity for the winner to have their views on university life published in The Sunday Times.
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