Aber falls to 93rd in the Times and Sunday Times Education rankings

ABERYSTWYTH University has now fallen to 93rd in the latest Times and Sunday Times Education University Guide 2015, which were released yesterday [21st]. This marks a fall of 11 places from last year’s rankings – which follows on from a plummet of thirty five places the year before, leaving Aberystwyth ranked three places below Cardiff Metropolitan University.

logo-the-times-sunday-timesNotably, Aber is ranked 113th for graduate prospects and 111th for student satisfaction, statistics which are backed up by a consistent fall in student satisfaction since 2010 in the National Student Survey, which levelled out at 83% this year after falling from a high of 92% in 2010.

The Times and Sunday Times profile on Aberystwyth University states that:

“Aberystwyth has set itself the goal of becoming one of the top 30 universities in the UK and the top 250 in the world by 2017. It is a tall order where The Times and The Sunday Times league table is concerned, with the university presently in danger of falling out of our top 100, dropping 11 places this year after last year’s 35-place fall.”

Having also fallen in its Times Higher Education world ranking from 551st to 601st, Aberystwyth is now ranked the third-worst university in Wales, above only Glyndwr University – which recorded a 30% increase in applications this year – and the newly created University of South Wales.

A spokesperson for Aberystwyth University stated that:

“The latest Times Good University Guide underlines Aberystwyth University’s excellent reputation for research, appearing 35th in the UK for the quality of its research, and performs very well for the numbers of students who successfully complete their studies here.

There are also some excellent performances for individual subjects with Welsh, Animal Science, Creative Writing (English), Geography and Earth Sciences, International Politics, Computer Science and Theatre Film and Televisions Studies (Drama, Dance & Cinema) all in the top half of their individual subject categories.

Computer Science, Creative Writing (English) and Psychology have also seen significant improvements in performance.

League tables are in a state of flux particularly at the moment as the new fee regime beds down, and recruitment patterns change from a strictly capped environment in England in 2009 to 2012 to a much more marketised environment from 2013/14 onwards.   This unstable environment has affected some of the metric-driven indicators for Aberystwyth in relation to other universities in the UK;  National Student Survey results across the sector have also seen some remarkable movements up and down, even at some top Russell Group universities.

Aberystwyth students are engaged, vocal and care about their university, and it’s been a privilege to teach the cohort who have just graduated with some of our best ever results and who have collectively contributed enormously to Aberystwyth University and town.  We relish the chance to fix the things that still need sorting for Aberystwyth to be back up where it belongs as a leading university for student satisfaction.

This is why Aberystwyth University is investing over £100m in new facilities that will provide some of the best student accommodation in any university in the UK and some of the most modern teaching and study facilities.”