Portsmouth University 21st in Guardian 2020 University Guide

Thursday August 29th, 2019

University of Portsmouth ranked 21 in Guardian University Guide

The University of Portsmouth is ranked 21st in the 2020 Guardian University Guide – its highest ever position in any university league table.

This is the fifth successive year that Portsmouth has gone up in the rankings, having risen from 25th last year. The University was ranked 85th in 2012.

The University of Portsmouth has outperformed all other institutions across the South East in a number of areas. The University has the highest graduate outcomes (the number of students entering graduate-level of employment) and our students are the highest satisfied with their course and assessment (based on our National Student Survey score).

Portsmouth was in the Top 10 subject areas for the UK in eight subject areas: Biosciences (3rd behind Oxford and Cambridge); Design and Crafts (3rd); American Studies (5th); Criminology (5th); Nursing (5th); Anatomy (7th); Mathematics (9th); and Sports Science (9th).

University of Portsmouth Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith said: “I am delighted that our outstanding and distinctive student experience, with a focus on career enhancing activities, teaching excellence and innovative learning technology, has once again seen us as the leading institution in the South-East for the factors that are most important to young people. This is greatly rewarding because students are at the heart of everything that we do”

The Guardian’s University Guide ranks universities on a range of factors that students care about: how much they will benefit from the teaching, whether current students like the university and the subject, and what their chances are of getting a good job.

The University was ranked 53rd in the 2020 Complete University Guide, published last month, and Portsmouth rose six places, to be ranked 53rd, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

Portsmouth was rated Gold in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and are ranked in the top 20 UK universities for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS). The Economist also rates the University of Portsmouth as number one in the UK for boosting graduate salaries, with 97.5 per cent of graduates working or in further study six months after they graduated.


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