The Guardian University Guide 2015
The Guardian University Guide 2015 was published this week – arguably the most valuable league table of the UK’s universities
– and as usual there have been plenty of column inches and airtime minutes devoted to whether or not our students are getting value for money from their £9,000 a year education.
Poor old Anglia Ruskin seem to have taken the biggest hit in the media plummeting to the bottom of the tables – caused in part by a rising student/staff ratio and a reduction in face to face teaching time. Among the Russell Group elite, it’s more a question of jostling for the top slots but as I’ve said before, the devil is in the detail and it’s worth digging a little deeper into the subject area results.
I’ve been working closely with Henley Business School – part of the University of Reading – for the last three years. My role has primarily been to consult on their their brand and marketing activity with a view to building a great student experience that enhances their worldwide reputation. This is reflected in their rankings again this year where we have achieved Top 10 positions in all subject areas with strong scores for student satisfaction, graduate prospects and overall teaching. This follows hot on the heels of an excellent performance in the Complete University Guide Rankings released last month.
With such valuable data at our fingertips, every university has the opportunity to understand clearly how to improve their student experience. National Student Surveys and league tables are not going away, so my advice is to learn how to make good use of them. And I’d be delighted to help you do that.