Derby’s rise of 29 places – to 50th place in the independent national rankings (out of 116 institutions assessed) this year, from 79th in the Guide’s 2014 edition (published last year) – is the second highest jump in the country.
Many prospective students rely on annual guides published by national newspapers and elsewhere, to decide on where they will study.
Institutions receive an overall score and individual assessments are also given for a whole range of criteria 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.
Derby’s 2015 Guide ranking puts it ahead of most of its regional ‘benchmark group’ of universities according to The Guardian; including Nottingham Trent University (now in 57th place), Lincoln (65), Sheffield Hallam (73), De Montfort (85) and Staffordshire (90).
The success in The Guardian’s guide today follows recent rises in other national rankings.
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. In September (2013) Derby jumped five places, to 84th place among 121 institutions, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
Welcoming the results from today’s The Guardian University Guide 2015, Professor John Coyne, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “It is very satisfying to have confirmation of the further progress of the University in another national league table.
“We have been rising in them all of late but the performance in The Guardian listing is particularly pleasing, as this table reflects more fully on the core learning values of the University.
“Prospective students had already noticed our rising stature, with applications up nearly 19% or three times the national average, over the past two years. This recognition marks steady progress in developing our core values, our student-centred focus and the academic quality of everything we do.
“We shall continue on this path as our students deserve the very best. It is just recognition for the excellent and committed staff team we enjoy at Derby, and our hard working students.”