Published: 25 May 2016

University maintains position in Guardian rankings

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The University’s position in the 2017 Guardian University Guide remains unchanged at 59th.

The table is based on the performance of institutions in subject tables, which are put together using eight measures. Measures relate to both input (for example, expenditure per student) and output (for example, graduate employability). Three of the eight measures are taken from the National Student Survey.

For the third year running, the Guardian has ranked Liverpool as the top place in Britain to study Anatomy/Physiology. Other notable subject rankings include Nursing & Midwifery (5th), Dentistry (6th), and Philosophy, Forensic Science/Archaeology and Earth/Marine Sciences (7th).

Liverpool is ranked 24th in the Russell Group of institutions. Eight Russell Group institutions have improved their rank, 12 have dropped their rank, and four remain unchanged. Leeds has climbed seven places to 16th, while Newcastle has dropped eight places to 37th. The top performer is Cambridge.

Anita Wright, Director of Strategic Planning, said: “Whilst we would have liked to see our performance in this league table improve, it is good news to see a number of our subject areas continuing to perform well. Our strengths remain in staff-student ratio and spend per student but to make a significant impact on our future position we need to focus on the National Student Survey and value-added.

“Improving subject performance against our peers is a key element to delivering our new Strategy 2026, and as such the areas that need to improve will feature in plans for the coming years.”

The full league table is available at:

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5 thoughts on “University maintains position in Guardian rankings

    1. Joanna (Administrator) Post author

      The story actually refers to the 2017 ranking, rather than the 2016 one you have highlighted.
      I’ve updated the story to make this clear and added a link to this year’s ranking on the Guardian website.
      Apologies for the confusion!
      Best regards,

  1. Anon

    59th isn’t exactly celebratory news. Quite frankly falling below Oxford Brookes this year and John Moores last year is pretty insulting. If the university were ‘maintaining’ a position in the top 5 or top 10 in the UK that would be one thing, but this only points out how those in charge are not fit for purpose. Also, do not suppress this message as you have done in the past. If you have a response, submit it below.

    1. Joanna (Administrator) Post author

      Thanks for sharing your opinion.

      We are working in partnership with our student community to identify areas for improvement and expect our investment in the Guild of Students, graduate careers programmes, and new student accommodation to be reflected in future league tables.

      Rankings are only one way for us to judge the success of the institution. Applications to study for a University of Liverpool degree are at an all-time high and we will continue to work hard to give our students the very best academic and social experience to ensure they are properly prepared for the graduate job market.

      Please note all comments are checked before publication, but are only ever blocked where they contravene our community standards. This would include material which misrepresents the University or is offensive or threatening. It also includes racist, sexist or homophobic material and other forms of hate speech, as well as libellous or defamatory postings, personal attacks or abuse, and obvious spam and advertising.

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