It has been revealed today that the University of York has been ranked ninth in The Times Good University Guide, up two places from last year.
The table, which takes into account areas such as student satisfaction, research quality and good honours awarded, shows noticeable improvement in areas such as student staff ratio and graduate prospects.
The guide ranks the Health Science Department as top in the country for nursing, up three places from the previous year, and Social Policy and Social Work was in the top three. Archaeology, Biology, Chemistry and History of Art were also named top five in their subject areas.
In a statement, a University spokesperson commented: “Our position reflects the hard work of our staff in pursuit of the highest standards in both teaching and research and further underlines York’s reputation as one of the leading universities in the UK and the world.”
Tim Ngwena, YUSU President, also expressed his reassurance at the results: “We are pleased to see that the York’s higher place in this year’s rankings reflects it’s continuing focus on teaching, research and service to students.”
He continued: “Although the university improved on all counts, there are still areas (employability for instance) where we need to work with the university to ensure that our place in the rankings reflects the high quality of our staff and students.”
The guide places now places York above institutions such as Exeter and Bristol, illustrating improvement from 2009/10. York also showed one of the highest rates of student satisfaction, 81 per cent, in comparison to LSE and Imperial College, who gained 72 per cent and 76 per cent respectively.
Students have similarly conveyed their enthusiasm for York’s overall improvement. Bethany Picken, a first year History student commented: “It’s really great that York has made such progress over the past year. It makes you feel proud to be a student here, and will show the rest of the country how good of a University York is.”