2012 Complete University Guide table published

Aberysytwyth University has dropped two positions in the 2012 Complete University Guide compared to its 2011 position and with a new ranking of 49, comes very close to dropping out of the top 50.

The independent guide rates universities on 10 categories including student satisfaction, graduate prospects and spending on academic services and facilities. It is put together using data from surveys and assessments carried out by other bodies including the 2010 national student survey and Higher Education Statistics Agency data from 2009.

While Aberystwyth performed well in student satisfaction, in joint 3rd place with 8 other universities , it received a poor score in almost every other category.

Nearby university Trinity St David came a lowly 92nd overall (out of the UK’s 116 Universities) but still managed to beat Aberysytwyth in the graduate prospects category, with 59.7% of Trinity St David’s students going on to graduate jobs compared to just 55.1% at Aber. These figures put Trinity St David 73rd in the UK and Aberysytwyth at a very poor 90th in this category. Cardiff, UWIC, Swansea, Glyndwr and Bangor universities all scored higher in this category, leaving University of Wales, Newport and Glamorgan as the only two Welsh universities with worse graduate prospects than us at Aberystwyth.

Aberystwyth results in full:


Research Assesment

42nd position

Aberystywth Score: 2.48

Average Score: 2.27


Student Satisfaction

3rd position (joint with 8 others)

Aberystywth Score: 4.1

Average Score: 3.87


Entry Standards

54th position

Aberystywth Score: 298

Average Score: 324
Graduate Prospects

90th position

Aberystywth Score: 55.1

Average Score: 63.9


Student Staff ratio

59th position

Aberystywth Score: 18.1

Average Score: 17.6


Academic Services spend

67th position

Aberystywth Score: 871

Average Score: 1005


Facilities spend

49th position

Aberystywth Score: 367

Average Score: 362


Good Honours

69th position

Aberystywth Score: 58.5

Average Score: 62.7


Degree Completion

49th position (joint with Salford and Lincoln)

Aberystywth Score: 86%

Average Score: 85.1%


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