23rd Oct, 2020

Warwick rises to 8th while Coventry falls to 26th in Guardian's University Guide 2021

Catherine Vonledebur 11th Sep, 2020 Updated: 11th Sep, 2020

WARWICK University has risen one place to eighth best UK university in the Guardian University Guide 2021, while Coventry University has slipped from 15th to 26th place.

It follows last Wednesday’s news that the University of Warwick retained its top 100 position of 77th overall in the World and 9th in the UK in the THE (Times Higher Education) 2021 World University Rankings.

And in the subject rankings, Coventry secured first place for Building and Town and Country Planning and second for Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations. A further five Coventry University courses were ranked in the top ten of their subject areas, namely: Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism – 5th; Social Work – 6th; Nursing and Midwifery – 7th; Film Production and Photography – 9th and Architecture – 10th.

Warwick has 13 subjects listed in the Guardian’s top ten in the UK. The highest ranking was Film and Television Studies, which was placed at 3rd overall in the UK. Head of the Film and Television Studies Department, Professor Rachel Moseley, said: “‘We’re really delighted to see this ranking, which is undoubtedly the result of the ongoing collaboration between exceptional students and our incredibly dedicated, passionate and hard-working academic and professional services colleagues in Film and Television Studies at Warwick. Congratulations and thanks to all!'”

The other 12 subjects included: Business, Management and Marketing (Warwick Business School) – 4th; Engineering – 5th, Sociology – 5th; Economics, Philosophy, Physics, Politics (PAIS) – all 6th, Classics and Ancient History – 7th, Modern Languages and Linguistics (Modern Languages) – 8th and in ninth place – Accountancy (Warwick Business School) History of Art and Mathematics and Statistics.

Coventry also celebrates its ranking as joint top modern university in England for graduates’ career prospects as well as the top modern university in the Midlands and second highest modern university overall after UWE Bristol.

The Guardian University Guide determines career prospects based on the national Graduate Outcomes Survey, to indicate the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs or are in further study at professional or HE level 15 months after graduation.

Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University Vice-Chancellor, said yesterday: “The latest Guardian rankings contain plenty of positive news for Coventry University and we are proud that we are the top modern university in the Midlands, the second highest performing modern university in England and the (joint) top modern university for career prospects. This metric is based for the first time on the new Graduate Outcomes survey and sees Coventry performing so well in a most important area. To cap off an impressive performance, seven of our courses are ranked in the top ten in their subjects, and we could not be prouder of our colleagues and students who contributed to these successes.”

This September as students return following lockdown, Coventry University has introduced a new digital learning platform across all its courses after a successful pilot project. Aula offers a mobile-first, virtual environment designed to look and feel like a social media platform, which enhances and strengthens the way the university continues to deliver teaching and learning, whether this is digital, face-to-face or a blend of both.

The university’s Coventry campus is home to the UK’s first Standalone 5G network, with the Vodafone technology enabling lecturers in Health and Life Sciences to push the boundaries of VR teaching.

Speaking on the world university rankings last week University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft said: “I could spend time celebrating the fact that we have retained our top 100 position in this table in what continues to be a turbulent year for our whole world. However, particularly as the start of new academic year is so close, I would instead like to take more time to focus on celebrate the resilience of all our staff and students in this most challenging of years, and to thank all of them for the work they are doing to enable our teaching and research, and services to our staff, students and visitors, to continue in this most challenging of times.”

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