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Southampton climbs up The Guardian University Guide

Published: 29 May 2018
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This morning’s publication of the 2019 Guardian University Guide, revealed that the University has risen 12 places to 23rd overall (Tuesday, 29 May).

This announcement follows our recent return to the top 20 in the 2019 Complete University Guide with further improvement anticipated in the QS World University Rankings due for publication on 6 June.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden commented,

I welcome the improvement in our University’s ranking in the Guardian University Guide, following on from our six place rise in the Complete University Guide rankings, reflecting our strategic focus on quality.”

The Guardian University Guide, which ranks 121 UK institutions, is entirely focused on undergraduate study and experience. Rankings are based around the familiar criteria of entry tariffs, student satisfaction, graduate prospects, student-staff ratio and university spend per student. It also provides an overall ‘value added’ score (out of 10).

The Guardian Guide also ranks UK universities by subject in over 50 areas. We’ll have more information on these placings very soon.


Further insights

  • Ranked 22 overall in subject rankings
  • Ranked 5th in Russell group in subject rankings for ‘Satisfied with course’
  • Ranked 7th in subject rankings for ‘Satisfied with course’ and 2nd in Russell Group
Photo of Nadiia Kovalenko
My highlight during my course was my six month placement in New Zealand. It was an amazing experience, I made a lot of new friends and had the opportunity to visit some really beautiful places. I also worked on a very interesting project. The placement was very well organised and I had constant support from Southampton.
Nadiia KovalenkoMChem Chemistry with research project abroad, 2017
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