Guardian University Guide – 2022 Ranking has been published


The Guardian University Guide’s rise has been boosted by student satisfaction throughout pandemic challenges.

The Guardian’s ranking uses nine different criteria, each weighted between 5 and 15%. Unlike other annual rankings of British universities, the criteria do not include a measure of research output. A “value-added” factor is included which compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications, described by the newspaper as being based upon a sophisticated indexing methodology that tracks students from enrolment to graduation, qualifications upon entry are compared with the award that a student receives at the end of their studies. Tables are drawn up for subjects, with the overall ranking being based on an average across the subjects rather than on institutional level statistics.

The 9 criteria are:

  • “Entry scores” (15%);
  • “Assessment and feedback” (10%) – as rated by graduates of the course (data source: National Student Survey);
  • “Career prospects” (15%) (data source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education);
  • “Overall satisfaction” (5%) – final-year student’s opinions about the overall quality of their course (data source: National Student Survey);
  • “Expenditure per student” (5%);
  • “Student-staff ratio” (15%);
  • “Teaching” (10%) – as rated by graduates of the course (data source: The National Student Survey);
  • “Value added” (15%);
  • “Continuation” (10%).


What’s changed for 2022?

The structure and methodology of the rankings have remained broadly constant since 2008 but there have been some seismic changes to the data used in this year’s guide, necessitating some adjustments to their methodology for compilation.


Subject profiles

You might need to know a bit more about the subject’s universities offer because there’ll be lots that you didn’t encounter at school. Have a look at the subject profiles, which were all drawn up with the help of the academics who teach them, and detail how you’ll be taught and what job you could get.


University profiles

Clicking on the name of a university in the tables will take you its profile – you can read about what makes each institution special and get the info you need on fees, accommodation, and bursaries. You’ll see how many students are male/female, and where they come from.


Key to the table headings

1. Guardian ranking for this year.

2. Guardian ranking for last year.

3. Name of the university.

4. The Guardian score, out of 100, is a rating of excellence based on a combination of all the other factors.

5. Course satisfaction: the rating for the overall quality of the course, given by final-year students in the latest NSS.

6. Teaching quality: the rating for the quality of teaching on the course, given by final-year students in the NSS.

7. Feedback: the rating for the quality of feedback and assessment, given by final-year students in the NSS.

8. Staff-student ratio: the number of students per member of teaching staff.

9. Spend per student: money spent on each student, excluding academic staff costs, given as a rating out of 10.

10. Average entry tariff: typical Ucas scores of young entrants (under 21) to the department.

Value-added score: this compares students’ degree results with their entry qualifications, to show how effectively they are taught. It is given as a rating out of 10.

12. Career after 15 months: percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are in further study at professional or HE level, within 15 months of graduation. It reflects how good the university is at employability.

13. Continuation rate: the percentage of first-year students continuing to the second year.


A few points about the methodology

At some universities, there are so few students studying a particular subject that the guardian guide team can’t include them in the statistics. Courses with small numbers of students are listed at the end of each table but are not given a ranking. That should not be taken as any comment on their quality.

In compiling their tables, they have been advised by an expert review group of professionals from UK universities. The group meets regularly to monitor changes in subject areas and the way data is collected and makes sure they produce the best possible guide.

The tables have been compiled for the Guardian by Intelligent Metrix, an independent consultancy that specializes in measuring performance in higher education. The rankings are based on official data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) and the NSS.


The best UK universities 2022 – rankings

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2022 Ranking Institution Guardian score/100
10 Loughborough University 81.5
17 University of Southampton 74.8
18 University of Strathclyde 74.6
18 University of York 74.6
20 University of Aberdeen 74.5
21 University of Chichester 74.3
24 Swansea University 73.5
25 Aston University 73.3
27 University of Sheffield 72.8
30 University of Leicester 71.6
31 University of Dundee 71.5
32 University for the Creative Arts 71.3
34 University of Lincoln 70.6
36 Heriot-Watt University 70.4
36 University of The West of England Bristol 70.4
38 Coventry University 70.2
38 Cardiff University 70.2
40 University of Liverpool 70
41 Northumbria University 69.6
41 University of Plymouth 69.6
45 Kingston University 68.8
46 Oxford Brookes University 68.7
48 Keele University 68.5
49 University of Stirling 68.4
53 University of Hull 67.3
54 University of Huddersfield 67.2
55 Nottingham Trent University 67.1
58 Ulster University 66.9
59 University of Derby 66.8
62 Cardiff Metropolitan University 65.9
62 Manchester Metropolitan University 65.9
64 University of Essex 65.5
67 Birmingham City University 65.2
71 University of Gloucestershire 64.7
72 Staffordshire University 64.6
75 University of Portsmouth 64.3
75 Liverpool John Moores University 64.3
79 University of Bradford 64.1
80 University of Chester 64
80 Teesside University 64
82 University of South Wales 63.9
86 Bangor University 61.6
90 University of Hertfordshire 61
91 Bath Spa University 60.8
92 University of Sunderland 60.6
94 University of Salford 60.5
94 University of Greenwich 60.5
96 University of Roehampton 60.3
97 Anglia Ruskin University 60.1
97 University of Central Lancashire 60.1
102 University of Brighton 59.6
106 University of Wolverhampton 58.7
109 Leeds Beckett University 57.8
112 Middlesex University 56.1
113 London South Bank University 55.9
114 University of East London 55.2
116 Brunel University London 54.7
118 De Montfort University 52.5
119 Canterbury Christ Church University 52.2

N.B: This table was amended on 11 September 2021.


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