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University ranked 46th by Guardian University Guide

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The University of Reading is ranked 46th in the Guardian University Guide 2019, published this week, a fall of 17 places on the previous year’s ranking.

The guide ranked 121 universities on a set of criteria including their students’ satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback; entry tariff; degree outcomes; and their employment status six months after graduation.

An initial analysis of the data suggests that the University outcomes in National Student Survey (NSS) – which accounts for 25% of the ranking – is one of the major factors for the drop. Some measures where the University has scored well in recent years, for example, the Spend-per-Student measure, have had their weighting reduced.

Among the changes introduced this year is a new ‘Continuation’ measure, which looks at the continuation rate from first year to second year. The University’s reported continuation rate of 94.4% is ahead of both the average for the top 50 and the full sector. The methodology then adjusts the score to take into account the respective entry tariff of the students.  

The changes to the methodology, along with the impact of NSS 2017, have resulted in considerable volatility in this year’s rankings. Cardiff, SOAS, King’s College, Leicester and Queen Mary are among the institutions that have dropped significantly and out of the Top 50. Many newer universities have made gains in the table.

More details are available on the Guardian University Guide 2019 website

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