We're delighted to report that Warwick has been named the Times' and Sunday Times' University of the Year 2014/15. We've also risen two places to eighth in the UK in the Good University Guide 2015 league table, which will be published this Sunday. These are outstanding achievements of which all our staff and students can be proud.
The newspapers gave their key reasons for choosing Warwick for the prestigious national title:
- "Warwick has been an ever-present in our top 10 over the past two decades. A place to study here is highly prized."
- "The university will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year and in its first half century has established a formidable reputation on the national and international stage as a powerhouse of teaching excellence and business-focused research."
- "The university tops five of our specialist subject tables this year – only two fewer than Oxford."
The key to our success: Remaining student focused
Speaking to the Sunday Times, our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift said:
Our greatest achievement of the past 50 years has been to remain student focused. The four parts of Warwick’s genetic code are: A commitment to outstanding teaching; absolute academic excellence; the economic regeneration of the West Midlands; and Internationalism expressed through partnerships with academic institutions around the world. I want to thank every member of staff and every student who has contributed to Warwick’s success, and this latest recognition of that success. This award is a fabulous and fitting start to Warwick’s approaching 50th anniversary celebrations.”
Warwick also tops five of the subject tables in this year's Times and Sunday Times newspapers including those that equate to: Economics, Accounting and Finance (WBS), Film Studies, Creative Writing (English), and Theatre Studies.
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About the Good University Guide
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide provides the most comprehensive guide to Higher Education in Britain, providing 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. The newspaper content will be published over the course of a week, beginning with a 56-page supplement published in The Sunday Times this weekend. A fully searchable website with full university profiles and 66 subject tables is available to view online (please note: subscription to The Times online is required).