Published: 19 September 2014

Surrey rises to 11th place in The Times and Sunday Times league table

The University of Surrey has achieved its highest ever position in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, rising to 11th place. This follows on the University’s ranking of 6th place in The Guardian League Table earlier this year.

Surrey’s rise is thanks to consistently high levels of student satisfaction. The University has the most satisfied students in the South East and is ranked fourth in the Guide’s analysis of this year’s National Student Survey.

The rankings were based on performance in a number of key areas for undergraduate students, which include entry standards, facilities, success rates of graduates in the employment market and research quality.

Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, the University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, said, “The University of Surrey has had a remarkable year in the league tables. Our continued successful performance is a clear demonstration of our commitment to providing an outstanding student experience, excellent facilities and world-class teaching and support to our students.”

Editors' notes

The Times and The Sunday Times have produced university guides since 1993 and 1998 respectively. They pooled their resources in 2013 to create the definitive British university rankings, publishing the most comprehensive guide to higher education in Britain in print and digital formats across The Times and The Sunday Times.

The newspaper content will be accompanied by a book, published by Times Books, an imprint of HarperCollins: The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, edited by John O’Leary, the former Times Education Editor and former editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The newspaper editions and book include rankings of British universities, based on their performance in a number of key areas for undergraduates. These cover student satisfaction with the quality of their teaching and academic feedback, course content and facilities; graduate job prospects; the likelihood of achieving a high-class degree; entry standards; dropout rates; research quality; student/staff ratio; and spending on library and other student services.

There are more than 60 subject tables, highlighting centres of excellence. These tables are based on an analysis of student satisfaction, entry standards, research quality and graduate prospects.

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