16 May 2017

Abertay surges in Guardian guide rankings

Abertay surges in Guardian guide rankings

Abertay University has climbed almost 20 places in The Guardian University Guide for 2018 – the biggest increase in Scotland.

Abertay is now ranked 66th in the respected table published today, rising from 85th place last year.

The University’s civil engineering course was ranked 6th – the best in Scotland – and is the only Scottish course to offer a guaranteed work placement for every student.

Abertay came in at 9th for its food and drink food programmes – also the best in Scotland – and was ranked top modern university in Scotland for biosciences, well inside the top half of the UK table at 48th.

According to the ranking, 88.8% of Abertay students were satisfied with their course – the best result for a modern university in Scotland - compared with 87.8% at overall first placed Cambridge and 88.4% at second-placed Oxford.

On satisfaction with feedback and assessment, 76.5% of Abertay students were satisfied – the second best rating in Scotland - outperforming Cambridge 71.2% and Oxford 69%.

A total of 89.3% of students at Abertay were satisfied with the quality of teaching offered within their course – the best result for a Scottish modern university.

The fresh success comes just two months after Abertay was rated best in Europe for undergraduate computer games degrees and in the world top 10 for postgraduate computer games courses by the prestigious Princeton Review.

Principal Nigel Seaton said: “These rankings reflect the outstanding work of our teaching and support staff and the University’s determination to provide an excellent education to all our students.”

Psychology courses also performed well in the Guardian table, with the University ranked top modern in Scotland and 30th in the UK from more than 100.

Abertay’s sports science degrees were rated in the top half of UK courses at 30th, while accounting and finance courses achieved the same ranking.

Abertay ranked 36th for computer science and 31st for criminology.

The University was also 43rd for forensic science, 30th for accounting and finance and 45th for sociology.

Over the past three years Abertay has now climbed a total of 35 places in the Guardian guide.

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