Sussex ranking reflects growing student satisfaction

The University of Sussex has consolidated its place among the UK’s top-rated universities in the latest league table results, published in The Sunday Times (13 September 2009).

Ranked 22nd for the second year running following a significant rise from 2007, Sussex saw most improvement in the categories relating to student retention (improved drop-out rates) and improved student satisfaction (through its markedly improved performance in the National Student Survey this year).

The University’s graduate unemployment ranking has also significantly improved.

Recent restructuring at Sussex, where teaching and research is now organised into 12 schools of study, attracted favourable comment from The Sunday Times: “Strengthening teaching, learning and the student experience is the aim, and it appears to be paying off, judging by the improvement in the national student survey outcomes this year.”

The guide was compiled using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), the National Student Survey, the national funding councils, head teachers, peers and the 120 higher education institutions in the UK.

Assessment criteria included student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, ratings from head teachers and academic peer review, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university dropout rates.

Professor Joanne Wright, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for teaching and learning, who has led initiatives to improve the student experience at Sussex, says: "This sustained improvement reflects the quality of the experience we offer to students at Sussex – and we look forward to welcoming record numbers of undergraduates joining us this year.  With new initiatives to strengthen further what we provide, developing our campus and preparing them better for their future careers, Sussex will be offering students an even better experience than ever."Last year the University leapt from 30th to 22nd place in the Sunday Times rankings, described as 'the definitive guide for prospective students.’

Notes for editors

For complete details see The Sunday Times University Guide 2009

For further information on the University of Sussex scores, contact the Press office.


Last updated: Tuesday, 15 September 2009