Portsmouth sees significant rise in national university guide

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The University rises 50 places for student satisfaction in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

  • 15 September 2022
  • 4 min read

The University of Portsmouth has seen a significant rise in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 published today (Friday 16 September 2022).

The University rose 50 places for student satisfaction, which contributed heavily to the University’s 26-place rise to 62nd in the overall table. Portsmouth is ranked eighth of all universities in the South East of England.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide is an established league table that assesses universities based on a number of important criteria, including satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, degree completion rates and graduate employment prospects. It provides rankings for UK universities and is one of the most comprehensive overviews of higher education in Britain.

Professor Graham Galbraith

Continued student satisfaction and excellent graduate outcomes have seen us rise significantly in this nationally recognised and important league table. This demonstrates progress towards our long-term ambition to be the top modern UK university and in the top 100 young universities in the world by the end of the decade.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth saw increases across these key indicators including improved research quality, as demonstrated by impressive results in the latest REF 2021, and student satisfaction following an excellent National Student Survey (NSS), which placed Portsmouth in the top 35 in the sections of the NSS focused on teaching quality

Portsmouth had seven subjects ranked in the top 25 for their subject area:

Hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism (5th)
Information systems and management (6th)
Radiography (16th)
Anatomy and Physiology (17th)
Sports Science (19th)
Building (21st)
Geology (24th)

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “Continued student satisfaction and excellent graduate outcomes have seen us rise significantly in this nationally recognised and important league table.

“Providing the very best for our students is fundamental to everything we do. It has been a very challenging and difficult period for staff and students over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this makes it particularly encouraging to see our recent return to normality, now reflected in today’s ranking and other recent performance assessments. These demonstrate progress towards our long-term ambition to be the top modern UK university and in the top 100 young universities in the world by the end of the decade.”

Providing the very best for our students is fundamental to everything we do. It has been a very challenging and difficult period for staff and students over the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and this makes it particularly encouraging to see our recent return to normality, now reflected in today’s ranking and other recent performance assessments.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth

This improvement in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide follows excellent outcomes in a number of other recent nationally and internationally recognised rankings:

· Impressive Research Excellence Framework (REF) outcomes where Portsmouth was ranked third of all modern UK universities for research power in the Times Higher Education REF rankings.

· Portsmouth was ranked in the top 40 of all universities in England for full-time student satisfaction in the National Student Survey.

· The Graduate Outcomes survey showed an improvement in graduate employment with 94 per cent of Portsmouth graduates in work and/or further study 15 months after they graduated compared to 89 per cent last year.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, a free 96-page supplement, will be published this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 18). A fully searchable website with profiles on 135 universities and 70 subject tables will be published today (September 16) for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times.