Is your university one of the top ones for student experience?

Never mind the performance rankings, what about the stuff that really matters – like how cheap the NUS bar is?

Thanks to the Times Higher Education (THE) now we know. The education supplement has published its annual league table for “university experience” and top of the list is the University of Bath.

Measures for the survey include high quality staff/lectures, good sports facilities, cheap shop/bar/amenities, good industries connections and good community atmosphere

After Bath came Loughborough University, up from eleventh place last year, while Sheffield took bronze – despite being top of the list in 2013.

Interestingly, five of the top 10 institutions are campus universities, as are 11 of the top 20. Sussex University, famous for being one of the first USA-styled campuses fails to make the top 50 and comes in at a dismal 61.

“This year’s results reinforce how much can be achieved by those universities most committed to improving the student experience,” says James MacGregor, director of YouthSight, which provided the data for THE’s Student Experience Survey.

“The relative stability of rankings between years highlights the remarkable gains made by a few.”

Did you go to one of these universities?


Rank 2014Rank 2013University name
12University of Bath
211Loughborough University
31University of Sheffield
46University of Cambridge
5=4University of Oxford
=634University of Surrey
=63University of East Anglia
87University of Exeter
99University of Leeds
10=16Newcastle University
1112Falmouth University
=12=4University of Dundee
=1210University of Nottingham
14=18Bangor University
15=16Lancaster University
1623University of St Andrews
1726University of Warwick
=18=18University of Birmingham
=1814University of Southampton
208Durham University
2113Keele University
=2233University of Reading
=2237University of York
24=31Queen’s University Belfast
25=44Royal Veterinary College
2642University of Leicester
27=29Edge Hill University
2843Imperial College London
=29=18University of Winchester
=2915Cardiff University
=3140Nottingham Trent University
=3121Northumbria University
3322University of Manchester
34=24University of Glasgow
35=57University of Chichester
36=62University of Kent
37=35University of Stirling
3841University of Aberdeen
39=31University of Strathclyde
40=29University of Lincoln
41=65Robert Gordon University
=42=24Heriot-Watt University
=4249Teesside University
=4254Coventry University
=45=80University of Bradford
=45=62University of Huddersfield
47=50Plymouth University
=4870University of Central Lancashire
=48=65University of Bristol
=50=65Aston University
=5047University of Edinburgh
=52=27Swansea University
=5246Aberystwyth University
5471University College London
5561University of Portsmouth
=56=44University of Hull
=5648Sheffield Hallam University
58=35York St John University
59=27Brunel University London
60=59University of Sunderland
6138University of Sussex
62=50University of Chester
6339De Montfort University
6473University of Worcester
65=57Liverpool John Moores University
=6679Abertay University
=66=94Cardiff Metropolitan University
68=65University of Essex
=69=55University of Hertfordshire
=6953Royal Holloway, University of London
=69=59University of Liverpool
7290University of Roehampton
73=86Oxford Brookes University
74=83Manchester Metropolitan University
75St Mary’s University, Twickenham
=76Soas, University of London
=76=62Bournemouth University
7876Canterbury Christ Church University
79=86University of the West of England
80=55King’s College London
=8182University of Wolverhampton
=8178University of Derby
=8377St George’s, University of London
=83=86Queen Mary University of London
8591Glasgow Caledonian University
86=65Leeds Beckett University
8775Goldsmiths, University of London
=8897Staffordshire University
=8896Birmingham City University
9085Southampton Solent University
9174Ulster University
92University of South Wales
93=83Bath Spa University
94=50University of Gloucestershire
95=92Edinburgh Napier University
96108University of Cumbria
9798University of Brighton
98=94University of Salford
99=92London School of Economics and Political Science
100=80University of Northampton
101100Kingston University
102=101University of Greenwich
103104Middlesex University
104=86Anglia Ruskin University
105=101University of Bedfordshire
106106London South Bank University
107107University of the West of Scotland
108105University of Westminster
10999City University London
110109University of the Arts London
111University of West London
112111London Metropolitan University
113103University of East London


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