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Southampton rises to 11th for Chemistry in Guardian University Guide 2022

Published: 17 September 2021
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Chemistry at the University of Southampton has seen a dramatic rise in its position in the Guardian University Guide 2022.

Southampton climbed 27 places to be ranked 11th for the subject in the national guide, underpinned by strong scores for student satisfaction. Chemistry at Southampton came first in the Russell Group for satisfaction with course and satisfaction with teaching. It also placed joint fifth in the UK for value added score, which compares degree results with entry qualifications to show how well students are taught.

Dr Paul Duckmanton, Deputy Head of School (Education), says: “We’re delighted by the dramatic rise we’ve seen in the league table this year. It shows that the effort of staff across the School in supporting the experience and attainment of our students has been recognised.

“I’m incredibly happy to see how well we have ranked for student satisfaction with the course and with teaching. This demonstrates the excellent learning experience that our students have throughout their degree, something we’re immensely proud of.”

The significant rise follows a £12m investment in Chemistry facilities which is enabling students to study in outstanding laboratories, using high-tech equipment which mirrors what they’ll work with in industry. 
The School’s dedication to providing excellent education is further demonstrated by six Chemistry lecturers being awarded Senior Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy. The University also has a research group which is dedicated to enhancing education in chemistry.

The Guardian University Guide use nine measures of performance, covering all stages of the student life cycle including entry standards, student satisfaction, value added and career prospects. The University of Southampton rose six places to be placed 17th overall in this year’s Guide.

Earlier this summer, Chemistry at Southampton also leapt 14 places to be listed among the top 20 locations in the UK to study chemistry in the Complete University Guide 2022.


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