Lancaster University has been named the top university in the Northwest, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.
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Lancaster University stands on the threshold of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide elite top 10 due to consistently good results in student satisfaction, a strong graduate jobs record, high entry standards and outstanding research. It has pioneered links with overseas universities and has a teaching and research campus in Ghana.
Its student satisfaction rates are up again this year to 84.2% under our analysis of the National Student Survey but its greatest strength is in research, especially for work into ageing, cyber security and energy.
Manchester University remains in the top 30 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table, despite a fall of two places. There has been an improvement in previously disappointing student satisfaction ratings — slightly up again this year to 81.9% but still in the bottom six performers among the top 30 in the overall league table — and Manchester has set aside £20m to attract more top academics. The recruits will join three Nobel prize-winners on the staff —Professors Sir Andre Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov (physics, 2010) and Sir John Sulston (physiology and medicine, 2002).
Despite ranking 28 in the UK, the university ranked 30th in the world in the new QS World University rankings published this week. World rankings do not take account of the student satisfaction scores that hold back Manchester and some other elite universities in domestic rankings. Manchester’s score for graduate prospects is significantly up this year, with surveys frequently placing Manchester among employers’ favourite recruiting grounds. The city’s famed youth culture helps to ensure keen competition for places.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education. The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.