Sussex up again to best-ever place Guardian’s university guide rankings

The University of Sussex continues its ascent of the UK's university guide league tables, with its highest ever ranking in the Guardian, published today (Tuesday 17 May 2011).

The University has risen to 11th place (up four from 15th position in 2010) in the highly influential Guardian University Guide for 2012, placing it among the elite institutions including Cambridge and Oxford, as well as making Sussex the highest-performing university in the South East outside of London.

The University secured high-ranking positions across all subject areas.

Eight  subjects are listed in the Guardian's top ten subject lists (Physics, 7th; Media and Film, 8th; English, 8th; Mechanical Engineering, 10th; Computer Sciences, 9th; Biosciences, 8th; Anatomy and Physiology 6th; and American Studies, 6th) and a further 11 are listed as among the top 20 (Sociology, 11th; Psychology, 14th; Philosophy, 18th; Maths, 11th; History/Art History, 16th; Geography and Environmental Studies, 19th;  Drama, 20th; Chemistry, 11th; Social Work, 13th; Anthropology, 13th; and the jointly run Brighton and Sussex Medical School, ranked 18th).

Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, says: "It is gratifying to see our ambitions for Sussex converted into this latest - and highest ever - Guardian ranking, particularly as this has been achieved during challenging times for us all in the higher education sector.

"Our efforts to add real quality to the student experience are reflected in this ranking, which places emphasis on student satisfaction, but I believe we can - and will - continue to improve across the board in terms of research excellence, financial support for students, graduate employment prospects and quality of facilities."

The University was placed recently at 19th in the recently-released Independent Complete University Guide and is currently listed at 21st place in The Times' Good University Guide and 8h in the UK in the THE World University Rankings

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Last updated: Tuesday, 17 May 2011