Another rise for Portsmouth in Guardian’s guide


Sports science courses were ranked number two in the country

For the second year running the University of Portsmouth has risen six places in the Guardian University Guide, an independent ranking of quality in higher education.

Portsmouth is now 43rd, having risen from 49th in last year’s guide. It was ranked 55th in 2015.

The University’s Sports Science courses were ranked number two in the country with 100 per cent of students satisfied overall with their course. Courses in Health Professions and Chemical Engineering were also in the top ten and courses in a number of other subject areas including Psychology, Pharmacy, Criminology and Economics were all in the top 20.

The Guardian’s league tables rank universities according to: spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; the grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey (NSS). Specialist tables also rank universities by subject area.

Together with other national guides, it is used by potential undergraduate students, both national and international, to help select their future university.

In the NSS, Portsmouth has for the ninth successive year out-performed the sector average with students this year rating the University at 89 per cent.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “This excellent news confirms that the University of Portsmouth is very much on the up. We are committed to ensuring our students have an excellent high quality and transformational experience and this announcement confirms that our hard work and dedication is paying off.”

The tables were compiled by the independent consultancy firm Intelligent Metrix. They are based on information collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) and the National Student Survey, published by Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).

Today’s news reflects Portsmouth’s continued high performance across a range of leading independent national and international guides and ranking tables for excellence.

This year, for the second consecutive year, Portsmouth was ranked in the top 150 young universities in the world. The industry’s leading Times Higher Education’s ‘150 under 50’ rankings celebrate the high quality of research and teaching at the world’s best universities which are less than 50 years old.

The University is also one of the top ten modern universities in the UK, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.


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