Keele moves up Sunday Times University League Table


Posted on 03 October 2012

Keele University has been named as one the top universities in the country by the Sunday Times newspaper.

Keele has moved up three places in the prestigious Sunday Times University League Table 2013 - the most authoritative and widely respected guide to universities in the UK. It is one of the most comprehensive tools for students and parents at home and abroad, and ranks 122 UK universities according to seven criteria, including teaching excellence, student satisfaction, research quality and degree results.

The University is now in 29th place in the table and the move up the table is partly due to a combination of our consistent success in the national student survey and good honours grades among our students which has led to impressive graduate performance in the market-place.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rama Thirunamachandran, said: "We are delighted that the University has moved up in the rankings for the latest Sunday Times Good University Guide and it is our highest position for many years. Our focus is very much centred on our students and their education and learning. The key factors in our success have been our impressive performances in the national student survey and the national employability league table. Keele graduates have always been very employable and the University has introduced various initiatives to enhance graduate employment prospects."

The guide’s editor, Alastair McCall, said: “If a university provides a great student experience, can offer good graduate job prospects, plus a strong track record for degree completion and outcomes, good rankings and students will follow.”

Just last week Keele was been rated amongst the best in the country for student satisfaction. The University, with an exceptionally high overall satisfaction score of 91%, exceeds the national satisfaction rate of 85% in the latest National Student Survey.

Keele’s overall satisfaction score is its highest ever and places the University fifth in the country, with only Oxford, Cambridge, the Open University and Buckingham ahead.

Keele students found their courses were intellectually stimulating and the staff good at explaining things. Furthermore, the University has acted to improve its performance on assessment and feedback, and performance on those measures has improved over the last twelve months.