Published: 28 September 2016

University maintains top 40 ranking in 2017 Times University Guide


Liverpool has maintained its position in top 40 UK Universities in the new Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2017

Lancaster University tops the North West table, with Liverpool in third position behind the University of Manchester. Overall Liverpool was positioned 39th, a drop of one place from last year.

Liverpool has improved overall rank by more than 20 places for both NSS measures (Teaching Quality and Student Experience). The strongest performing measure is Student:Staff ratio, where Liverpool is ranked 10th in the UK.

There is also an improved rank of two places in the Russell Group to 22nd, ahead of Queen Mary and Cardiff.

Top ranked subjects were: Physiotherapy (4th out of 34), Chemistry (7th out of 53), Nursing (10th out of 71), Architecture (9th out of 52), Archaeology (11th out of 56), Animal Science (5th out of 18), Subjects allied to Medicine (20th out of 79), and Communication and Media (23rd out of 91).

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Gavin Brown, said: “It is disappointing that we have fallen one place since last year. However, it is good to see that our sector ranking for both teaching quality and student experience has improved significantly, with us gaining 21 and 26 places, respectively. This reflects the huge amount of work colleagues are investing in providing a first class experience for our students. We will be looking at all elements of this and other league tables to see where we can further improve our performance.”

The Guide includes profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education, and includes a breakdown in performance at subject level.

The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate employment and further study levels, services and facilities spend and university degree completion rates.

To see the full league table, please visit:

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