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Rankings and league tables

The University of Surrey has risen in all major league tables for UK universities in the past year.

We climbed from sixth to fourth place in the Guardian University Guide 2016, moved up to eighth place in the Complete University Guide 2016  and achieved eleventh position in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

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University rankings at a glance

Key subject rankings by league table


The Guardian University Guide 2016

1st Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism
2nd Accounting and Finance
2nd Electronic and Electrical Engineering
3rd Drama and Dance
3rd Sociology
4th Economics
4th Music
5th Psychology
6th Mathematics
7th Biosciences
7th Business, Management and Marketing
7th Civil Engineering
8th Computer Science and Information Systems
11th Modern Languages and Linguistics

The methodology of the Guardian University Guide focuses on subject-level league tables, ranking institutions that provide each subject according to their relevant statistics.

Eight statistical measures are employed to approximate a university’s performance in teaching each subject. Measures relate to both input, e.g. expenditure by the University on its students, and output, e.g. a graduate’s probability of finding a graduate-level job. The measures are knitted together to get a Guardian score, against which institutions are ranked.

"The majority of undergraduate students undertake a work-based professional training year – this is, after all, the university that pioneered sandwich degrees. The university is famous for its consistently outstanding employment record."

- The Guardian University Guide website


The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015

1st Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism 
2nd Electrical & Electronic Engineering
2nd Food Science
4th Animal Science
4th Sociology
7th Accounting & Finance
7th Biological Sciences
7th Civil Engineering
8th Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
8th Economics
9th Psychology
10th Drama, Dance and Cinematics
10th Mechanical Engineering
10th Chemical Engineering
11th Mathematics

The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide takes into account student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, graduate prospects, firsts and 2:1s, completion rates, student-staff ratio, and services and facilities spend.

"No other university has achieved such a dramatic transformation in fortunes in the past five years, the achievement underpinned by some of the highest levels of student satisfaction and outstanding graduate employment prospects in the country."

- The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide website


The Complete University Guide 2016

1st Food Science
2nd Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism
2nd Nursing
3rd Drama, Dance & Cinematics
3rd Materials Technology
5th Sociology
6th Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
7th Medical Technology
8th Civil Engineering
8th Electrical & Electronic Engineering
10th Sports Science
10th Linguistics
11th Communication & Media Studies
11th Economics
11th General Engineering
11th Physics & Astronomy
12th Accounting & Finance

The Complete University Guide league table measures ten key aspects of university activity using the most recent data available at the time of compilation. Once a year an Advisory Group with university experts meets to discuss the methodology and how it can be improved. 

The measures for the individual Subject Tables are the same as for the main League Table, except that only five measures are used: Student Satisfaction (Ofsted assessments in the case of the Education table), Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects.

"The University of Surrey has well and truly gone from strength to strength when it comes to its position in the Complete University Guide."

The Complete University Guide website