Sussex scores a hat-trick in best ever university rankings

The University of Sussex has risen to 15th place in the Guardian University Guide for 2011, completing a hat-trick of improved scores and its best ever set of league table results.

The Guardian's league table, published in the newspaper and online today (Tues 8 June 2010), sees the University climbing three places into the UK's top 15 institutions, making it the top university in the South East outside London.

The latest ranking follows a climb of 15 places to 18th last year.

Universities are ranked in The Guardian according to teaching excellence, while scoring critieria include student satisfaction, career prospects, spend per student and staff-student ratio.

Subjects at Sussex ranked in the top 30 are: Anatomy and physiology (3rd); American Studies (5th); Chemistry (5th); Social Work (8th); Physics (10th); Biosciences (10th);  Computer Sciences and IT (10th); Media Studies (11th); Anthropology (11th); Sociology (11th); Mechanical Engineering (17th); Psychology (18th); History and Art History (18th); mathematics (20th); philosophy (20th); English (22nd); Politics (24th); law (24th); Geography (26th).

The Guardian's league table placing for Sussex follows on encouraging results in tables published in the first half of this year. In May, Sussex was ranked at 21 in the Times' Good Universities Guide, up 14 places on 2009, while the Independent's Complete University Guide, also published in May, put Sussex in the top 20, at 19.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing says: "The Guardian's latest ranking for Sussex completes a hat-trick of positive results from three highly influential guides, reflecting the high regard in which Sussex teaching is held by our students..

"Our task now is to build on this achievement, with real strides forward in research, teaching and the wider student experience to ensure that we are the university of choice for students in the UK and around the world."


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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 June 2010