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Sunday Times Ranks Warwick Top Midlands University

In its new guide to Universities published this Sunday,  13th September, The Sunday Times newspaper has declared that “The University of Warwick continues to lead the field of Midlands universities by topping The Sunday Times University Guide 2010 in the region for each of every 12 years that guide has been published."  

The Sunday Times says “The Warwick bubble looks certain not to burst – the university continues to float high in The Sunday Times league table. It has never finished outside our elite top 10 since the guide was first published in 1998 and has led the Midlands league table for each of every 12 years that the guide has been published. Ever ambitious, Warwick is working towards its Vision 2015 target of being among the top 50 in the world and with six years to go is already ranking  69th in the latest Times Higher Education world university rankings. Its performance in last year’s research assessment exercise confirmed its position as one of Britain’s leading research-led universities, despite having barely 40 years on the academic clock. Almost two-thirds of the research entered was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

Warwick’s graduates are in demand, commanding high salaries (£23,238, more than £3,500 above the UK average) with 82% of them getting graduate-level jobs, a proportion bettered by just 11 universities. It comes as no surprise that competition for undergraduate places is stiff.

There’s accommodation on-site for just under 5,800, which means the campus is the social and academic hub for more than half the students – hence its ‘bubble’ nickname. With seven bars, three nightclubs and an arts centre — containing theatre, cinema, 1,500-seat concert hall and gallery spaces — there is plenty to keep even those who live off-campus coming back again and again for more than just their lectures.”

Top in the Midlands

Rank   Sunday Times UK rank2009 Sunday Times UK rank 2008 Student satisfaction % Peerrank Headrank
1 Warwick 6 7 77.3 6 12
2 Nottingham 14 13 76.6 10 14
3 Loughborough 15= 11 83.5 39 25
4= Leicester 20= 18 83.7 34 40
4= Birmingham 20= 24= 77.4 21= 13
6 Aston 37 29 75.3 49= 23
7 Keele 40 40 78.0 51 53
8 Harper Adams 56 51 85.1 119= 123=
9= Nottingham Trent 57= 59= 74.2 58 55
9= De Montfort 57= 69 76.8 70= 58=
11 Coventry 79 82 72.9 83= 118=
12 Staffordshire 95 77= 75.0 92 111=
13 Lincoln 74 87= 77.7 103= 104=
14 Birmingham City 82 89= 73.1 81 71
15 Northampton 100 92= 76.0 99= 97=
16 Newman University College 105  n/a 75.7  119=  92= 
17 Derby 112 107 74.5 85= 104=
18 Worcester 116 89= 73.7 117= 111=
19 University College Birmingham 121  n/a 76.4  103=  58= 


Note for Editors:  The Sunday Times University Guide 2010 was compiled using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), the National Student Survey, the national funding councils, head teachers, peers and the 122 institutions themselves.

For further information please contact:

For further information, please call Mary Fulton on 07702 421 167. Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times University Guide,
and Zoe Thomas, one of its principal authors, are available for interview.

or

Peter Dunn, Press and Media Relations Manager, Communications Office,
University House University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
024 76 523708  or 07767 655860 email: p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk
Twitter  @PeterJDunn

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11th September 2009