Mixed results for Norwich universities in new league tables

The Ziggurat buildings at the UEA. University of East Anglia. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

The Ziggurat buildings at the UEA. University of East Anglia. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has jumped two places in a national league table to secure its highest ranking to date.

Norwich University of the Arts vice-chancellor John Last. Photo by Simon Finlay

Norwich University of the Arts vice-chancellor John Last. Photo by Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

UEA rose two places to 12th position in the Complete University Guide league table, which measures 129 UK universities across 10 categories.

It also ranks 70 subjects, and UEA appeared in the top 10 for nine of the 35 subject it offers.

Vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson said: 'We're very proud to be ranked one of the UK's leading 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 vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson.

UEA vice-chancellor, Professor David Richardson.


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'UEA achieves consistently high league table rankings, and this is further endorsement of our excellent standards of teaching, research and student experience.'

Meanwhile, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) was ranked in 84th place, a spot vice-chancellor Professor John Last said was affected by its relatively small number of students.

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Professor Last said: 'This is just the second year that NUA has been eligible for inclusion in the Complete University Guide because of its specialist status and smaller size.

'One consequence of small student numbers is an increased volatility resulting in a disproportionate impact on our position within the table.'

He said that recent surveys showed the university had made 'significant improvements' and he was confident of 'reverting back to a much higher position' in next year's guide.

The league table was launched 10 years ago and measures: Student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards, student to staff ratio, spending on academic services, spending on student facilities, good honours degrees achieved, graduate prospects and completion.

Dr Bernard Kingston, chairman of the Complete University Guide, said the guide uses the same three metrics used by the government in its incoming Teaching Excellence Framework.

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