Stirling steps up Guardian University rankings

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The University of Stirling has moved up the Guardian University Guide rankings for 2018 – rising to 54th in the UK, and 8th in Scotland.

Improving on last year’s overall UK ranking by four places – and up one place in Scotland – Stirling saw higher scores in relation to students’ satisfaction with their courses and feedback.

Highly rated subjects

Stirling’s Criminology course performed particularly well and was ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland.

Meanwhile, Media and Film Studies, Social Policy, Sociology and Education were also among Stirling’s highest-rated subjects.

The Media and Film Studies course was rated 6th in the UK and 1st in Scotland – an improvement of 28 places. Education was also ranked 1st in Scotland, while Social Policy was ranked 6th in the UK and 1st in Scotland. Sociology was 13th in the UK and 2nd in Scotland.

Stirling’s rise in the Guardian University Guide followed an improvement in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, which saw the University reach 46th place in the world and 2nd in the UK.

The Guardian league tables focus on the quality of teaching, student satisfaction and employability, issues that are vital to young people choosing where to study.

The guide, which is produced by the independent company Intelligent Metrix, ranks universities according to spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey.

The full league table is available here.

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