The Guardian University Guide 2018 has been released, a well regarded league table of Universities around the UK, with Wrexham Glyndwr University taking the overall bottom spot.
The overall Guardian score rates the local uni 30.4/100 meaning it slips down two places from the 2017 list position to 121st and bottom place.
Although Wrexham Glyndwr University’s overall rating was bottom of the main table, they are above the likes of Imperial College, Manchester Met and Hull when it comes to the overall ‘satisfied with teaching’ score.
The dataset is sortable to subject area, so sorting into ‘Engineering: Mechanical’ rates Glyndwr as mid table – but sorting into teaching satisfaction moves them to eighth – and top out of other universities in Wales.
Similar sorting for the Education courses sees Glyndwr listed as 5th in the UK for satisfaction on feedback, with ‘Health Professions’ taking UK wide top spot for that rating.
Sports Science courses ranked high in the table on sorting for teaching satisfaction and feedback, being top in Wales and 17th and 10th respectively in the UK.
The guide also gives a data snapshot of the student profile:
The overall bottom of the table result cannot be ignored despite a range of strong scores in sub-ratings, with disappointment ‘with the University’s overall performance’ expressed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar.
Professor Hinfelaar said recent developments will mean the picture is “brighter for the next set of results.”
“It is heartening to see that we have scored highly for teaching and academic feedback, as these are areas we have looked to improve,” said Professor Hinfelaar.
“We will continue to work hard to bring all Schools up to the level of those which have done so well in this league table, and would like to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the year.”
She added: “We are disappointed with the overall Guardian University Guide result but are confident that we will improve our position in the future, once such league tables have caught up with the huge strides we have made over the last 12 months.
“That includes the unveiling of our vision for the Wrexham campus and looking ahead to the next National Student Survey (NSS) and employability figures, which have seen us perform highly in recent years.
“We are always looking to better the student experience and are currently undertaking a curriculum review to ensure our courses remain up-to-date with the demands of modern industry. We will certainly not be resting on our laurels and will do all we can to make our way up the league tables in the years ahead.”
The University has had another national league table focus recently, with Wrexham.com fave Cosmopolitan.com featuring it as the second most accessible universities in the UK based off UCAS point requirements. You can read that in-depth data heavy piece here.