The University of Sunderland has been shooting up the rankings in the university league tables compiled by The Guardian newspaper.

The Guardian University League Tables for 2018, which were released on 16th May, show that the university has risen an incredible 38 places in just the last two years.

In its 2017 tables, The Guardian named Sunderland as its ‘fastest climber’ after it jumped 30 places in just one year and now the university has added to this by rising another eight places in the last year.

The Guardian University League Tables rank universities as whole institutions, but they also have separate rankings for specific subject areas.

Despite Sunderland’s startling rise through the rankings, it still languishes in 71st place among the UK’s 121 higher education institutions. But, for certain academic disciplines, the university ranks higher.

For business, management and marketing courses, the university is ranked well above average in 52nd place – a rise of 38 places in just one year.

For hospitality, event management and tourism, the university is ranked as the fourth best institution in the country and for its nursing courses it is ranked an extremely impressive fifth.

To come up with its rankings, The Guardian looks at a range of student experiences and outcomes. The league tables are then published in the highly respected Guardian University Guide, which students often use to decide where to study.

The University of Sunderland scored well for the career prospects and other benefits its graduates can expect to gain from their qualifications. The university also scored well for its staff-to-student ratio despite its recent announcement that it is cutting academic staff.

The University of Sunderland’s vice chancellor, Shirley Atkinson, said, “The fact that we continue to rise up the Guardian University League Tables, in what is a challenging time for the sector, is a great achievement and testament to the continued dedication of staff across our university community and their commitment to excellent teaching and student experience.”

“Our university has, and always will, put students at the heart of what we do.”

“We are resolute in our ambition to create the leaders of tomorrow and today’s league table results reinforce the life-changing difference we are making to the lives of our graduates.”

The sources of data used by the Guardian University League Tables include the National Student Survey, which measures how satisfied students are with their courses, and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, which tracks the career prospects of graduates.

(Featured image courtesy of Liam Swinney, from Flickr Creative Commons)

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