Northumbria rises up the rankings

28th April 2017

Rising entry standards, strong career prospects and good honours have all helped Northumbria University, Newcastle, climb up the league tables in the latest Complete University Guide 2018. 

Northumbria moved up four places from the 2017 Guide to 55th, out of 129 institutions. Entry standards, the average UCAS tariff that students have when starting university, rose eight points to 369. The highest rank improvement was in Good Honours where Northumbria moved up 24 places with the percentage of students achieving a first or upper second-class honours degree increasing almost five points to 74.6%. There was also continuing improvement in employability, with the measure for career prospects for Northumbria graduates rising from 66% to 71.5%.

Published this week, the 2018 league tables show a total of 20 subjects offered by the University rated within the top 30 in the UK, including three in the top 10; Librarianship and Information Management, Land and Property Management and Forensic Science.  Nursing, Physiotherapy, Building, Architecture, Art and Design, General Engineering, Food Science and Occupational Therapy all featured in the Guide’s top 20.

Commenting on the results, Professor Andrew Wathey CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Northumbria University, said: “This success highlights the solid progress made by the University on a number of key measures that reflect on the high quality student experience at Northumbria, marked by the significant step forward in the proportion of graduates taking on professional roles.  It also makes clear that in a very competitive student recruitment environment Northumbria University is continuing to demonstrate its appeal to highly qualified students.”

Northumbria’s performance in the Complete University Guide league table follows other successes. Linked to rising employability scores, for example, Northumbria has just been rated as the top university for start-ups based on turnover of graduate businesses. According to the latest report by the Higher Education Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS), turnover from Northumbria graduate businesses for 2015/16 reached £69.2 million – almost £25 million more than the second placed institution.

The University also continues to invest in its commitment to a future vision focused on quality. In 2016 it announced £52 million investment in its estate to further enhance the student experience and create new research facilities, building on £200m invested in the previous decade.

For more information on courses offered at Northumbria University visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/courses, or you can also register to attend one of the Summer Open Days on June 30 and July 1.

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