Edge Hill moves up university rankings
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