Preston’s university UCLan sees large drop in latest Times university ranking

Posted on - 20th September, 2021 - 8:11am | Author - | Posted in - Education, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, UCLan, University campus
UCLan's Harris Building in Corporation Street Pic: Tony Worrall
UCLan’s Harris Building in Corporation Street. Pic: Tony Worrall

The Times Good University Guide 2022 has today ranked UCLan 11th in its list of the 12 best northwest universities.


UCLan’s national rank has dropped from 87 last year to 108, and it has scored 72.8 per cent for teaching quality and 66.4 per cent for student experience in the 2021 National student survey.

The university’s graduate prospects, which are scored based on students gaining high-skilled jobs or proceeding to graduate-level study, is 67.7 per cent and its completion rate is 72.4 per cent.

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Speaking about the ranking, University Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said: “While it is disappointing to see us fall back in this table, it’s important to recognise that annual league tables each use different criteria and shouldn’t be viewed in isolation to reflect a university’s performance.

“It is demonstrated by our triple shortlisting success in this year’s Times Higher Education awards, the forthcoming opening of our £60m Student Centre and University Square and two weeks of fantastic graduation ceremonies celebrating our graduates’ successes.

“I am confident our focus on continuously investing to improve our student experience and delivering academic programmes with real-world relevance and impact will be reflected in future league table results.”

For undergraduates, UCLan tuition fees in 2021/22 currently stand at £9,250 across its Preston, Burnley and Westlakes campuses and £13,000 for EU and international students.

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Edge Hill University was named Modern University of the Year and was also shortlisted for the University of the Year. It has risen to its highest-ever position in the rankings from 70th position to 58th nationally.

Lancaster University is the highest-ranked institution in the northwest and placed 11th nationally, according to the guide.

Over the last 30 years, Edge Hill, initially founded as a teaching training college, has expanded under the leadership of Vice-Chancellor John Carter, with a new medical school opening last year.

The guide said it is one of the more socially diverse universities and is working with Everton FC on a mental health awareness programme called Tackling the Blues on campus and in the community. 

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Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Ranked in its highest position yet in our academic league table, Edge Hill is one of the shining stars of the modern university sector.

“Led for nearly 30 years by John Cater, Edge Hill has established a profile nationally as a go-ahead institution with ambition for its students. 

“A new medical school is the latest addition to a university estate and a course offering that is expanding all the time. Gains in this pandemic-influenced year in our rankings for student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university experience demonstrate a university responsive to its students’ needs and one capable of matching their expectations.

“After 18 months of turmoil across all walks of life, our University of the Year awards this year highlight exceptional achievement in adverse circumstances.

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“For its ability to deliver in this regard, as well as a long-standing achievement more widely, Edge Hill is also one of just five to make the shortlist for the overall UK University of the Year.”

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 provides the definitive rankings for UK universities and the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain. It includes profiles on 135 universities and uses the latest data published in the past two months.

After a year of closed campuses and a move to online learning, the new edition of the Good University Guide reveals that most universities have seen a dramatic drop in student satisfaction and teaching quality scores in the latest National Student Survey.

Only two universities – Imperial College London and the University of Surrey – saw an improvement in student satisfaction scores between 2020 and 2021.

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The guide provides prospective students and their families with information to make an informed choice about their higher education, evaluating everything from satisfaction with teaching quality and the student experience to degree completion rates and graduate employment prospects.

The Sunday Times is publishing a 96-page supplement on 19 September.

Readers can also join in the conversation online by using the hashtag: #gooduniguide 

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The rankings are as follows:

  1. Lancaster University (national rank: 11)
  2. University of Manchester (23)
  3. University of Liverpool (30=)
  4. Edge Hill University (58=)
  5. University of Chester (68)
  6. Manchester Metropolitan University (71)
  7. Liverpool Hope University (81)
  8. University of Bolton (89=)
  9. Liverpool John Moores University (93)
  10. University of Salford (98)
  11. University of Central Lancashire (108=)
  12. University of Cumbria (125)

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