University Guide 2014

University of the Year - University of Birmingham

Birmingham is a member of the 24-strong Russell Group of research-led universities. Always a solid top-30 performer in domestic university rankings and well inside the top 75 globally, it has been moving steadily higher in recent times.

Birmingham’s vice-chancellor, Professor David Eastwood, says its important to think innovatively, “We are operating in a highly competitive environment and that competition between universities is giving more choice and placing a focus on what they offer to students.”
“We are a university on the move. We are the most broadly-based institution in the country in terms of the range of programmes we offer,” said Eastwood. “But we expect and hope to improve further and we will not rest on our laurels.”

Modern University of the Year – Coventry

Awarded to Coventry which has demonstrated more innovation than any other university since it became clear that higher fees would usher in much greater competition between universities.

It was among the first provincial universities to offer courses in London and then took its rivals by surprise by opening its own university college in 2012 as a cut-price option for people who do not require the full student experience.

Top Scottish University – St Andrews

St Andrews has been recognised for its academic results, its global reach and the student experience.
Scotland’s oldest university, and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, has seen its standing rise domestically and globally – up 10 places to 83rd in the QS world rankings – and it continues to raise its game.
It’s the institution’s serious academic credentials, from the quality of teaching to ground-breaking research that put it on the map here and abroad.

St Andrews was also shortlisted for the UK University of the Year award, won by Birmingham.

Top University by subject

These awards are for the best universities in each of 64 subject areas. They are based on student ratings for teaching, assessment and feedback as well as facilities and overall satisfaction, allied with the most recent research assessments, graduate prospects and course entry standards.
Cambridge leads the field in 34 subject areas, followed by Oxford with 10.

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