Another stellar year for universities in the West Midlands

Warwick is the top university in the West Midlands 

Birmingham is the university of the year for graduate employment 

Coventry is modern university of the year for the third time in a row

 

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016

 

It is another stellar year for universities in the West Midlands, with the University of Warwick – winner of The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year award last year – jumping up another two places in the league table to sixth place nationally. It remains the top university in the West Midlands according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. The supplement also names Coventry University the Modern University of the Year for the third consecutive year and the University of Birmingham is the University of the Year for Graduate Employment.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 is published over the course of three days, beginning with a free 56-page supplement this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 20). It provides the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain. A separate analysis of student satisfaction with the quality of the teaching at each institution is published for the first time this year. A fully searchable website with full university profiles and 66 subject tables will be published at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/gooduniversityguide on Sunday for members of The Times and The Sunday Times.

 

Top in the West Midlands

West Mids

Rank

Name

Ranking 2016

Ranking 2015

2015 National student survey Teaching excellence

(%)

2015 National student survey Student experience

(%)

Graduate prospects

(% in professional jobs or graduate-level study)

Completion rate

(%)

1

Warwick

6

8

79.6

85

79.8

96.7

2

Birmingham

17

15

80.8

84.2

86.7

94.8

3

Aston

30

34

83.3

87.9

78.8

90.9

4

Keele

43

40

87

90.2

76.1

90.8

5

Coventry

47

42

87.6

89.3

74.2

85.8

6

Harper Adams

49

63

82.6

89.3

73.3

90.6

7

Staffordshire

95

101

81.8

82.8

58.4

78.4

8

Worcester

100=

107

81.4

84.5

63.9

85.8

9

Birmingham City

105

91

78

79.3

64.8

84.4

10

Newman

115=

104

83.1

84.6

54.6

73.3

 

A year on from winning The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year award, the University of Warwick has climbed a further two places in the league table to sixth. It has only once finished higher, at fifth place in 2009.

The most successful of the universities of the 1960s, Warwick has never been out of the top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table and is third in the world in the QS rankings for universities created since 1963.

Almost 90% of the work submitted for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent, confirming its place among the top 10 UK universities for research. English and computer science produced the best results, but Warwick ranked in the UK’s top ten in 14 different subject areas.

The dropout rate is among the lowest in Britain, at little more than 3%. 

The University of Birmingham, although a member of the elite Russell Group of research-intensive universities, has a strong vocational focus and this, coupled with its reputation for academic excellence, accounts for its high ranking for graduate prospects in our rankings, with 86.7% of graduates going into professional jobs or further study within six months of leaving. This success helps it to the title of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year for Graduate Prospects.

The University of Birmingham started the trend for unconditional offers, which has gathered pace this year, and appears to have profited handsomely from the move. The number of applications rose by almost 6,000, or 15%, in 2014 — which was, coincidentally, also the year following its triumph in winning The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide University of the Year award — and the university took 400 students more than in the previous year.

More than 80% of the university’s submission was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. This took Birmingham into the top 20 for research quality and helped to maintain its position in our top 20 overall. It was ranked in the top five for philosophy, history, classics, theology and religion, area studies, chemical engineering, and sport, exercise and rehabilitation studies.

Last year Coventry achieved the highest position ever in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table by a post-1992 university, and it remains ahead of its peer group once again as well as several older foundations. It was The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide Modern University of the Year in, 2014, 2015 and retains the title in 2016.

It has been a spectacular rise: 10 years ago Coventry was almost 50 places lower and only 12 off the bottom of the table. Much of its success is due to student satisfaction ratings recorded in the National Student Survey that are the highest in the country once more. This year it came second nationally for the quality of teaching and feedback provided by academics and third in the UK for student satisfaction the best overall result of any university in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table. When the results of the two analyses are combined, no university has better all-round results for student satisfaction.

It was among the first provincial universities to offer courses in London and it is now developing Coventry University Scarborough, set to open in September 2016 as part of a new £45m sports and education facility.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 published on September20 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 and the leading colleges of higher education. The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university 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.

The Times will complement coverage in The Sunday Times with two further supplements to be published on the following Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22. These will focus on the best universities for graduate jobs and the universities that come top in particular subject areas.

In "RESOURCES"