University of Gloucestershire defends league table ranking
STAFF at the University of Gloucestershire have defended their performance after coming bottom of a South West league table.
According to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, the University of Gloucestershire has come last out of 11 universities in the region, and 91st out of 124 nationally.
In 2012, it ranked 63rd nationally.
A university spokeswoman insisted it retains quality members of staff.
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She said: "Clearly we are disappointed with our position in the Times and Sunday Times Guide.
"But the most recent Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey showed the University of Gloucestershire rose from 55th to 47th place, highlighting our commitment to a great student experience.
"Judging the quality of a university is a complex process. Different universities have different strengths and characters, and will suit different types of students.
"There is a wide range of league tables that pick up different features.
"We are one of the top universities in the country for the number of our staff who have been recognised for teaching excellence in the National Teaching Awards.
"We are also one of the best for sustainability, having been shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award."
More than 2,000 students flocked to Gloucestershire earlier this week for the start of the new academic year.
Aside from the overall score, student satisfaction was rated at 78.4 per cent, the third lowest in the South West.
Graduate prospects, the percentage in professional jobs or graduate entry study, came in at 61.1 per cent, compared with the University of Cambridge's 81 per cent.
The University of Bath came first in the South West, coming in seventh nationally and had a student satisfaction rating of 87 per cent.
The University of Exeter came in second in the south west, and eighth nationally.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide comes out annually, and ranks various aspects of each university.
League standings: University of Bath, University of Exeter, University of Bristol, Arts University Bournemouth, University of the West of England, Bournemouth University, Bath Spa University, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, Plymouth University, Falmouth University, University of Gloucestershire