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Norwich university celebrates 20-place increase in league table

PUBLISHED: 13:24 27 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 27 April 2018

Professor John Last, vice-chancellor at Norwich Universtity of the Arts. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Professor John Last, vice-chancellor at Norwich Universtity of the Arts. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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A Norwich university has jumped 20 places in a national league table - the second highest leap of any in the country.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) has been ranked 64th in this year’s Complete University Guide, out of a total of 131 institutions.

It comes as a 20-place increase on last year, when they were ranked 84th, giving them the second largest rise in the main tables this year.

The university placed fourth in the regional tables, and took first place for student satisfaction.

Professor John Last, vice-chancellor at the university, said: “If you look at how the Complete University Guide builds its league table, you can see measures like teaching quality, investment in facilities and graduate prospects.

“These are all at the heart of what we do at NUA and the opportunities we create for students. It’s a testament to everyone’s hard work that we’re the country’s second fastest riser in the table this year.”

Elsewhere, the University of East Anglia (UEA) has stayed in the top 15 of the table for the third year running, and the top 20 for the last five.

This year, they ranked 14th, a slight drop on last year’s 12th.

The university also appeared in the top 10 for nine of the 30 subject breakdowns.

Vice-chancellor professor David Richardson said: “We’re very proud to once again be ranked one of the top 15 UK universities in this prestigious league table.

“The guide uses an extremely comprehensive set of measures, making the results a particularly gratifying reflection of the hard work of our staff and students alike. UEA achieves consistently high league table rankings, and this is further endorsement of our excellent standards of teaching, research and student experience.”

Mary Leishman, UEA Students’ Union education officer, said: “Students love UEA for all sorts of reasons - great teaching, the friendly and supportive atmosphere, our incredible range of sports clubs and societies, and the compact and inexpensive city.

“And whilst there’s lots of brutalist concrete around, the bunnies, the broad and the campus accommodation guarantee all help to make the UEA experience one that students really rate.”

The University of Suffolk, in Ipswich, ranked in 128th place, a slight rise on last year’s 129th.

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