COVENTRY University has been ranked best in the country for student satisfaction.
A survey of students across the country found those at the city centre university are happier with their experience than those at Oxford, Cambridge and other academically superior institutions.
The feedback earned Coventry the title of University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015. It was also named Modern University of the Year for the second year running.
In the overall league table it ranked 42nd, the highest position ever achieved by a university created since 1992.
Vice-Chancellor, John Latham, said: “For the university to be recognised in this way on the same weekend that we’re welcoming thousands of new students into our vibrant city is fantastic and a wonderful reflection of the hard work put in by all our staff all the year round.
“We look forward to continuing to offer our students a great all-round experience and unrivalled international opportunities as we embark on the new academic year.”
Warwick University also enjoyed success and was named the guide’s University of the Year.
It climbed two places in the league table to 8th – largely due to a sharp rise in student satisfaction scores – earning it the top spot of all the region’s universities.
In the league tables for individual courses it ranked as the best place in the UK to study economics; accounting and finance; communications and media; creative writing; and drama, dance and cinematics.
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nigel Thrift, said: “Our greatest achievement of the past 50 years has been to remain student focussed.
“The four parts of Warwick’s genetic code are: a commitment to outstanding teaching; absolute academic excellence; the economic regeneration of the West Midlands; and Internationalism expressed through partnerships with academic institutions around the world.”
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university drop-out rates.