Edge Hill moves up uni­ver­sity rank­ings

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY AN­DREW BROWN an­drew.brownNW@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @visan­drew­brown

EDGE Hill Uni­ver­sity has con­tin­ued its rise up the rank­ings in this year’s Good Uni­ver­sity Guide.

The uni­ver­sity, based on St He­lens Road, has ce­mented its place in the top half of the ta­ble of 132 in­sti­tu­tions in The Times and The Sun­day Times Uni­ver­sity Guide 2019 com­ing in at 59th, two places up from last year (61st=).

Edge Hill scored par­tic­u­larly highly in the qual­ity of its teach­ing, where it rose again in the rank­ings to 25th, and stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence (24th).

Other ar­eas where it rose in­cluded grad­u­ate prospects, 59th; com­ple­tion rate, 66th; and Firsts and 2:1 de­grees, 74th=.

It fell in the rank­ings in: stu­dent staff ra­tio (of 15.2 to 1), 50th=; ser­vices/ fa­cil­i­ties spend, 68th; and re­search qual­ity, 94th=.

Ranked in the top five uni­ver­si­ties in the re­gion, Edge Hill has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased the num­ber of grad­u­ates in pro­fes­sional jobs or grad­u­ate study.

Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity vice-chan­cel­lor Dr John Cater said: “From be­ing awarded a Gold rank­ing in the Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence Frame­work to again re­ceiv­ing out­stand­ing re­sults in this year’s Na­tional Stu­dent Sur­vey, our fo­cus on stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence and pro­vid­ing ex­cep­tional teach­ing is con­tin­u­ing to drive our rise in an­nual rank­ings.

“Equip­ping stu­dents with the skills that they’ll need in the world of em­ploy­ment is em­bed­ded across all our pro­grammes, mean­ing our grad­u­ates are ex­cel­lently pre­pared when it comes to se­cur­ing jobs and launch­ing ca­reers.” The Good Uni­ver­sity Guide states: “Edge Hill may have been to some a sur­pris­ing name on the list of five new med­i­cal schools an­nounced this year but it suc­cess­ful has been con­found­ing scep­tics since it be­came a uni­ver­sity in 2005 and is among the top dozen post-1992 uni­ver­si­ties in our ta­ble.

“Rated gold in the Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence Frame­work – one of only three in the North West to achieve the top award in its first year – Edge Hill was com­mended for its aca­demic sup­port, assess­ment and feed­back.

It adds: “The panel noted that ‘stu­dents from di­verse back­grounds achieve con­sis­tently out­stand­ing out­comes’.

“Edge Hill has been train­ing teach­ers since the 19th cen­tury and re­mains the UK’s largest provider of sec­ondary teacher train­ing and cour­ses for class­room as­sis­tants.

“The med­i­cal school will open next year, with an in­take of foun­da­tion year stu­dents, and the first de­gree in medicine will be­gin in 2020.

“Al­most £300m has been in­vested in the Orm­skirk cam­pus over the past 10 years.

“The £27m Cat­a­lyst build­ing opened this sum­mer, bring­ing to­gether li­brary, ca­reers and stu­dent ser­vices.

“The uni­ver­sity’s flag­ship Cre­ative Edge build­ing houses in­dus­try­s­tan­dard equip­ment and re­sources for those study­ing me­dia, film, an­i­ma­tion, ad­ver­tis­ing and com­put­ing.”

The Times and The Sun­day Times Good Uni­ver­sity Guide 2019 was pub­lished over three days, be­gin­ning with a sup­ple­ment in the news­pa­per last Sun­day (Septem­ber 23).

It pro­vides full pro­files of uni­ver­si­ties and league ta­bles of nine in­di­ca­tors in­clud­ing re­search qual­ity and fa­cil­i­ties spend.

The next open days at Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity take place on Oc­to­ber 6 and Novem­ber 3.

For more de­tails visit: www.edge­hill.ac.uk

The Tech­nol­ogy Hub at Edge Hill Uni­ver­sity is just one of the re­cent de­vel­op­ments

Edge Hill vicechan­cel­lor Dr John Cater

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