The University of Sunderland has risen 38 places in two years in The Guardian University League Tables 2018, the results of which were announced yesterday (16 May).
Sunderland has risen eight places this year, after being named the highest climber in 2017 in The Guardian’s University Guide, which ranks universities by subject and institution, using data covering various aspects of students’ experience and outcomes.
Despite the major challenges facing the higher education sector, Sunderland’s work to continually improve the teaching, experience and prospects of students has resulted in the University moving to 71st among 121 UK institutions.
And the University saw some exceptional results in course areas, with Business, Management & Marketing ranked 52 – a rise of 38 places on the previous year – and Hospitality, Event Management & Tourism 4th best and Nursing ranked 5th in the UK.
Vice-Chancellor Shirley Atkinson said: “The fact that we continue to rise up the Guardian University League Tables, in what is a challenging time for the sector, is a great achievement and testament to the continued dedication of staff across our University community and their commitment to excellent teaching and student experience.
“Our University has – and always will – put students at the heart of what we do. We are resolute in our ambition to create the leaders of tomorrow and today’s league table results reinforce the life-changing difference we are making to the lives of our graduates.”
While the University of Sunderland performed well across most criteria, it saw important improvements in career prospects, the ratio of staff to students and the added value graduates gain from their higher-level qualification.
The Guardian’s University League Tables use data from various sources to rank universities. These include the National Student Survey (NSS) which measures the percentage of students satisfied with their course, teaching and feedback, as well as the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, which measures the career prospects of graduates.