Soaring job prospects lift Sussex to 19th in The Times and Sunday Times league table

The University of Sussex has been ranked 19th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016, to be published this Sunday (20 September).

The best graduate job prospects in the South East, outside Oxford, has seen Sussex jump six places to reclaim a spot in the UK’s top 20.

It completes a hat trick of major national league table rises this year, after climbing 24 places to 19th in the Guardian’s guide and moving up 17 places to 21st in the Complete University Guide.

Professor Michael Farthing, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, says: “This influential ranking confirms Sussex as one of the country’s top universities. I’m glad to see us back where we belong in the top 20.

“Our improved graduate career prospects and further study opportunities give Sussex graduates a head-start in an increasingly competitive jobs market.

“We’ve invested significantly in boosting our links with businesses, offering more internships and placements, developing overseas opportunities, expanding our careers services, and inspiring students to aim high. The students have responded fantastically and it is hugely satisfying to see them succeed in such large numbers once they graduate.”

The guide highlights particular subject strengths for Sussex, with American Studies ranked number one (up from equal 3rd in the previous year). Other subjects appearing in the top ten are: Anatomy & Physiology (9th), Anthropology (6th), Biological Sciences (7th), Chemistry (8th) and Philosophy (10th).

Sussex is also ranked highly for the percentage of students completing their degrees, with the second-lowest student drop-out rate in the South East.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide claims to provide the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain and is used by prospective university students to decide where to study.

Limited data, including overall positions, have been released today (Friday 18 September) by the newspaper.

However, the full 2016 guide is published over the course of three days, beginning with a 56-page supplement this weekend in the Sunday Times (20 September).

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 on Sunday for members of The Times and the Sunday Times.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Tuesday, 22 September 2015