The University of York has fallen two places to 14th overall in the most recently published UK university league table. The league table, compiled by The Complete University Guide, sees the university drop from 12th place which it had held since 2012.
Despite this drop York has seen some progress. The table reported a marginal increase in Student Satisfaction, with York’s score going up from 4.13 to 4.14 out of a maximum 5 points. This category was assessed by the responses from the 2013 National Student Survey of final year students, which asked undergraduates to answer questions on various aspects of the teaching.
Graduate Prospects has seen an increase from 69.6 to 73.7 out of a possible 100. Calculated from 2011-2012 Higher Education Statistics Agency data, this reveals the percentage of students who went on to gain graduate-level employment.
A number of University of York disciplines have conversely maintained or ascended the ranks.
Of those subjects usually ranked within the top ten only English has seen its position fall from 6th to 8th. Meanwhile Chemistry has held 7th place and Nursing has risen two places to 5th.
In the light of York’s mixed results in the league tables Kallum Taylor, YUSU President, commented: “League Tables are very difficult to place heaps of faith in, but trends do matter. I think the University knows there has to be a change in approach over the next 5 years. Some of our trouble has been to be too easily satisfied to simply be keeping up with the averages, as opposed to being to ones to excel.
“The new Vice Chancellor has a huge job on his hands and I hope he knows the student community is right behind him in delivering success.”