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The University of Southampton

School of Chemistry tops the Guardian League Tables

Published: 8 June 2010

The School of Chemistry has been ranked first in the 2011 Guardian Subject Tables, positioning it as the best Chemistry department in the UK for undergraduate study of the subject.

The School of Chemistry has risen nine places since last year’s rankings, its success being attributed to all-round commitment from academic staff and outstanding feedback from students in the annual National Student Survey.

The Guardian's 2011 University Guide, released on 8th June 2010, assesses academic departments upon their students' satisfaction with courses, teaching, feedback, as well as staff to student ratios and spend per student.

Professor John Evans, Head of the School of Chemistry commented:

"Our rise in the table reflects the high level of student satisfaction here. Our students' own involvement in teaching developments and their recognition of the value of our courses for their employability are very important components of this appreciation."

The School of Chemistry has also been ranked sixth in The Times Good University Guide and seventh in The Independent’s Complete University Guide, whose assessment criteria also include the standard of incoming students, the quality of teaching on the course, standards of degrees on graduation, and the ability of graduates to find suitable employment.

These recent results show that the School is improving even further on it's already very high standards.

Notes for editors

For further information:

Read the Guardian’s report on the School of Chemistry’s success in the 2011 subject tables.

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