May 10 2018
Our top 30 position in another major league table, announced last week, is a direct outcome of the huge amount of work and commitment demonstrated across the College and I want to thank every one of you for your contribution.

The annual league tables reflect all aspects of student life here, and the improvement, [34th to 28th overall in the Times and Sunday Times league table] and [35th to 28th in the Complete University Guide overall league table] is the result of effort made every day by all colleagues within the context of research and teaching and in facilitating our unique student experience. For a second league table to rank us in the top 30 of all UK universities is further independent endorsement that we are delivering on our promise to support our students to succeed.

We cannot underestimate the importance of league tables in our students’ decision-making process. Prospective students, their parents and teachers take an interest. The main league tables are published between now and October and their timing within the recruitment cycle can be particularly influential. Some are published in autumn, just as next year’s prospective students are starting to pull together their ‘longlists’. This year, the Complete University Guide appeared just before the ‘firm/insurance choice’ decision deadline; a key time to persuade as yet undecided applicants to choose us.

Prospective students tell us that ‘reputation’ is one of the key influencers for them in deciding where to study and that a university’s position in a league table is one way they gauge reputation. At every level and across every area it’s important that we maintain our effort so that we can continue to strengthen our reputation for both world class research which underpins our excellent teaching and as a university that supports success for our students.

Professor Paul Layzell