Celebration for Norwich universities after league table results - including a jump of 28 places

Professor John Last, vice-chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts.
Photo: Owen Richards

Professor John Last, vice-chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts. Photo: Owen Richards - Credit: Owen Richards

A Norwich university is celebrating after jumping 28 places up a national league table in just one year.

Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) rose from 88th place in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide last year to 60th this year, new figures show.

It puts the university fourth out of the six institutions in East Anglia, data released by the Sunday Times ahead of the league table's publication on Sunday shows.

The figures make it the third most improved university nationally, while it also ranked tenth nationally for teaching quality.

Vice-chancellor professor John Last said: 'We're delighted that once again the quality of teaching at NUA has been identified as being among the very best in the country.

UEA vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson.

UEA vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson.

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'This is well-deserved recognition of the hard work and commitment of staff across our range of courses – and also the university's determination to provide students with the knowledge and expertise they need to thrive in the workplace in future.

'We're also pleased to see our overall position rise to 60th. We're confident that we can rise higher in the years ahead.'

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It was also a league table to celebrate for the University of East Anglia (UEA), which rose from 15th place to 13th nationally, putting it second in East Anglia.

A record number of pupils are starting degrees at the university, after an increase of more than a third in three years.

Its vice-chancellor professor David Richardson said: 'We're delighted to achieve our highest ever ranking and it really cements UEA's place as a top 15 UK university. UEA has a well-deserved reputation for research excellence, alongside our gold ranking for teaching excellence, and these achievements reflect the continued hard work and dedication of our staff and students in maintaining our status as one of the country's top universities.'

Universities elsewhere around the region saw mixed results - while Cambridge University ranked first again, the University of Suffolk, in Ipswich, finished at the bottom of the national table in 129th place.

It comes after both NUA and UEA were ranked gold in the government's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) earlier this year.

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