York have fallen out of the top ten and into 15th place in this year’s Guardian university league tables.
In the new rankings York has moved six places lower than last year and now lies just below the University of Bath. York was the only university out of the top ten last year to fall by more than three places.
Despite winning the 2010 Times Higher Education University of the Year award, York has also fallen out of the top ten universities in the Complete University Guide.
One of the reasons for the slide down the Guardian table is that the career prospects percentage for graduates finding employment after six months has gone down by four per cent over the last year – a problem that has been highlighted at York for many years.
Ben Humphrys, YUSU Academic Affairs Officer, warned to take the league tables “with a pinch of salt” but “what does matter is the driving force in this drop; student satisfaction in a few departments fell significantly last year.
“Work has already been done to address this, but externals and applicants take league tables seriously so these results should inspire more focus on improving the student experience in those departments.”
Charlotte Griffiths, a first-year James College student, commented: “I think that is disappointing because I chose my universities on the league table list. I looked at what universities were good in the tables and York was in the top ten and now it is gutting.”
The Guardian’s University league table takes into account topics such as ‘student’s satisfaction with teaching and feedback’, the staff-student ratio, the amount spent per student, as well as student jobs six months after graduation.
Within the top 60, 38 universities will be charging the full £9,000 with many others expected to make a similar decision in the near future.