Bucks enjoys second consecutive rise in the Sunday Times Good University Guide

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Date: 23rd Sep 2019

Buckinghamshire New University has risen four places to 113th in the Sunday Times Good University Guide (GUG), which was published yesterday (22 September).

It represents the University’s second consecutive rise and, out of 131 UK institutions, it now ranks in the top 40 for:

Teaching quality – 36th

Student quality – 39th

Social inclusion – 19th

Graduate salaries – 37th

Services and facilities spend – 37th

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Professor Nick Braisby, Vice-Chancellor said: “I am delighted to see Bucks rise for the second consecutive year in the Good University Guide (GUG) to achieve top 40 rankings for teaching quality; student experience; graduate salaries; social inclusion and our facilities spend.

“We are also delighted to see Bucks cement its position in the top six across more than 40 universities in London and the south-east for teaching quality and student experience.

“Everyone at Bucks is especially proud to see the University climb ten places in the social inclusion rankings. This achievement is testament to our richly diverse student community which makes Bucks such a great place to study and work.

“I want to thank our people for their commitment and hard work to achieve this year’s Good University Guide successes.”

Nursing studentsThe University, which has campuses in High Wycombe, Uxbridge, and Aylesbury, has also seen an improvement in its student-staff ratio (15:8), which rose by five places in this year’s ranking.

Bucks has, additionally, climbed ten places to rank 19th best in England & Wales for social inclusion, meaning it:

- Ranks third for the proportion of mature students, up 26 places;

- has risen nine places to 23rd for the proportion of students from ethnic minorities;

- And is 26th for the proportion of working class students.

The gap in attainment between black students and other graduates is included in the Guide for the first time. The University ranks sixth nationally for the smallest gap in black attainment; first in London; and is second to the University of Oxford in the south east, reflecting its commitment to reducing attainment gaps across its student population.

The University also performed well among the 42 institutions in London and the South East in the following areas:

5th for student experience

6th for teaching quality

16th for graduate salaries

18th for student-staff ratio

18th for services and facilities spend.

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