COVENTRY’S UNIVERSITIES are both celebrating after scooping more prestigious awards.
Following the publishing of the Good University Guide 2016 in last week’s Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the city’s universities
The University of Warwick has risen two places to be ranked 6th in UK in Times and Sunday Times League table, while Coventry University was named ‘Modern University of the Year’ for an unprecedented third time in a row by the paper.
Coventry also continues to be a hit among students – ranking top in the UK in the guide’s student satisfaction classification which rates higher education institutions by the quality of their teaching and student experience.
The news comes less than a week after the QS annual World University Rankings named Warwick as one of the world’s top 50 universities and follows Coventry’s success in May’s Guardian University Guide 2016 which saw the University break into the UK’s top 15 for the first time.
The Times and Sunday Times described the rankings as marking ‘another stellar year for universities in the West Midlands.’
Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Nigel Thrift, said all the national and international recognition had been ‘even more welcome’ in this the university’s 50th anniversary year.
He added: “This consistent endorsement of Warwick’s achievements as a university are a tribute to the work of Warwick staff and students that has underpinned that success.”
Professor John Latham, Vice-Chancellor at Coventry University, echoed Professor Sir Nigel Thrift and said the recognition of the university was a ‘testament to the wonderful team effort’ of staff and students.
He added: “This latest news is a welcome success story to add to Coventry’s recent achievements, and while rankings such as these are a useful reference point – particularly for students and parents – we are nevertheless determined to define ourselves by what we’re achieving above and beyond our league table position.
“We are helping our students to improve their confidence, communication skills and ability to tackle problems to a greater degree than other universities, and our students are telling us that this means more to them than league table performance.
“As ever, it is the value we’re adding to their experience that is making Coventry stand out.”