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UAL rises 19 places in Guardian University League Table 2022

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  • Written byTash Payne
  • Published date 15 September 2021
Smiling UAL student

Vice-Chancellor James Purnell has expressed his immense pride in colleagues and students following the news that the University has risen 19 places in the Guardian University League Table. For 2022, we rank 26th out of 121 UK universities.

The Guardian’s widely recognised rankings are calculated using a range of factors, including:

  • the percentage of students satisfied with their course, teaching and feedback,
  • staff to student ratio,
  • spend per student,
  • the percentage of students continuing from year 1 to 2,
  • and the percentage of graduates who are employed or enrolled in further study within 15 months of graduating.

Out of the top 26 institutions, UAL has the 3rd highest score for the quality of our feedback and assessment. We are joint 1st with 2 other universities in the top 26 for ‘value added’. This metric compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications to show how effectively they are taught. We are joint 6th across all UK institutions in this area. We also score well for student to staff ratio, placing in the top 10 of all institutions with an average of 12.8 students per teacher.

UAL has also performed well in the subject-specific tables. We are in the top 10 UK institutions for art, design & crafts and fashion & textiles.

James Purnell, UAL President and Vice-Chancellor, comments: “It is a wonderful achievement to have risen so many places in the Guardian University League Table, particularly in such a challenging year. I am immensely grateful to colleagues and students; this success is a reflection of their talent and dedication. We have ambitious plans for UAL over the next year which will strengthen our offer even further and ensure we can continue to deliver the best possible teaching and facilities to our students.”

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