The University of Portsmouth is now in the top 25 universities in the UK having risen for the fourth successive year in the Guardian University Guide.
Portsmouth is 25th in the 2019 guide having risen from 37th last year.
The University of Portsmouth’s rise in the Guide’s rankings is due to an improvement across a number of areas including graduate career prospects.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “This is fantastic news for the University and we now outperform some of the most established universities in the UK. I am delighted that our outstanding and distinctive student experience, with a focus on career enhancing activities, teaching excellence and innovative learning technology, has once again seen us rise in a nationally recognised and important league table.
Here in Portsmouth we have been quietly creating a new breed of university where we learn and collaborate differently to transform lives.
We want the best for our students. Teaching comes first at the University and students are central to everything we do.
Our approach to education follows clear principles of collaboration and practical, positive ambition. We champion career-enhancing activities, personal development and partnerships with schools, colleges, employers and alumni.
Students enrich their learning through work experience, internships and placements, real ‘live’ projects, enterprise, research and volunteering.”
The Guardian’s University Guide ranks universities, using a range of sources, including how satisfied final-year students are with their courses (based on results from the annual National Student Survey). This is greatly rewarding for the University of Portsmouth because students’ satisfaction is a top priority for staff. Other aspects that contribute to The Guardian’s University Guide rankings include: spending per student, student/staff ratio, graduate career prospects and a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results.
The guide also has separate subject-specific rankings using nationally collected data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).
Portsmouth was in the Top 10 for six subject areas including Social Work (3rd), Criminology (4th), Economics (9th), Biosciences (9th) and Health Professions (10th). Other notable areas where subjects are in the Top 20 include Sports Science (13th overall), Psychology (16th overall) and Accounting and Finance (18th overall).
This week’s news reflects the University’s continued rise in a range of leading independent national and international guides and ranking tables for excellence.
The University rose five places in the 2019 Complete University Guide, published last month, and is ranked 51st in the UK. Portsmouth rose six places, to be ranked 53rd, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
For the third consecutive year, Portsmouth was ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world, in the industry-leading Times Higher Education ranking of universities which are less than 50 years old.