Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

Success for University of Leeds and the SoE in Good University Guide'

20 June 2012 |


The School of Education at the University of Leeds has been named as one of the best places to be a student in the UK. The Times newspaper's Good University Guide is the oldest and most prestigious guide to universities in the UK. The latest edition of the Guide comes out today and our School is ranked in the top ten nationwide.

SoE head Geoff Hayward alerted all staff to the news, saying:

"This award confirms the  School of Education at the University of Leeds as a leading provider of teaching and research in the field of Education.  A commitment to high quality Research-based Teaching and Learning underpins our exceptional academic standards, giving our students the best possible start to their careers and helping them to progress further in employment."

"This award reflects the excellence and commitment of our academic and support staff whose dedication has led to world class levels of student satisfaction." He added.

The 'Good University Guide' ranking follows on from the Student Experience Survey, compiled by Times Higher Education, which ranked the University of Leeds eighth in the country. The University scored 81.37 overall , just two places below Oxford, who came sixth (82.55), and four places behind Cambridge (83.17) who ranked fourth position in the table.

The survey gathered the views of more than 13,000 undergraduates on 21 aspects of university life – from quality of teaching and facilities to social life and student support. This is the second year running that Leeds University has ranked in the top ten for its student experience, amongst intense competition, and is a gratifying reflection on the quality of teaching facilities on offer and the dedication and commitment of staff.

This news also follows the recent success of The University of Leeds rising 14 places to number 85 in the QS World University Rankings 2010, taking Leeds to 34th place in Europe, and demonstrates consistent levels of improvement across the board. The QS table is a highly respected and key independent indicator of institutional performance and reputation. Our performance in this table, reiterates our strategic vision of securing a place among the top 50 universities in the world by 2015.

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