Bishop Grosseteste University’s (BGU) drive to provide a high-quality teaching and student experience has been recognised having been ranked 64th in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021. This is the highest rise of any university in England.
The Good University Guide ranks all universities in the UK according to criteria such as teaching quality, student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, student to staff ratio, spend on facilities and graduate prospects.
In this latest league table BGU has risen forty places to its best ever position of 64, overtaking a number of fellow regional institutions in the process. Along with this rise up the overall rankings BGU has been ranked 8th in the UK for teaching quality, further supporting the University’s Gold ranking in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Reacting to this result the University’s Vice-Chancellor, the Rev’d Canon Professor Peter Neil commented that this success can be attributed not only to the high-quality teaching and learning, but also to its focus on the broader aspects of educational provision:
“Our improvement in the rankings reflects the comprehensive approach the University has taken to providing a high-quality experience for our students. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our staff and is an achievement that everyone in the institution can be proud of.”
The results showed that students indicated high satisfaction across the entire student experience including learning, teaching and academic support; leading to an 85% satisfaction rate. This places BGU above the sector average and marked 14th nationally by the Good University Guide for Student Experience.
Erin Bell, BGU Students’ Union President, described some of the initiatives the team had put in place to promote a positive experience:
“The Students’ Union has worked tirelessly to enhance the experience for our students. We’ve engaged with colleagues across the University to ensure students receive high quality academic and personal support. Alongside this we have developed high quality social events and societies that speak to the needs and interests of the student community. Making sure that the student voice is heard has been at the heart of these initiatives, so it is fantastic to see this reflected in the results.”
This latest achievement continues an incredibly positive year for BGU which has been ranked 3rd in the UK for employability when compared to non-specialist universities in the latest Graduate Outcomes (GO) survey. A staggering 91% of BGU graduates are in employment or further study 15 months after graduation. And, on top of the excellent results for Teaching Quality in the NSS, BGU was delighted to report a continued rise in the satisfaction levels from this year’s graduating undergraduate students.