USW climbs in the Guardian League Table 2023

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The University of South Wales (USW) has risen to 53rd in the UK in the Guardian League Table 2023 (published today, Saturday 24 September).

USW has seen a rise of 29 places (from 82nd last year), now placing it at fourth in Wales.

In this latest survey, USW has seen improvements in the rankings for entry tariffs and value added (the improvements in educational attainment whilst at university).

There have been significant rises in a number of subject areas, with the following subjects placing in the top 20 in the UK:

  • Aerospace Engineering – 12th in the UK (top in Wales)
  • Chemistry – 20th in the UK (top in Wales) 
  • Fashion and Textiles – 8th in the UK (top in Wales, as well as top five in the UK for teaching, course satisfaction, as well as assessment and feedback)
  • Forensic Science – 15th in the UK 
  • General Nursing – 17th in the UK 
  • Geography – 15th in the UK (top in Wales)
  • Health Professions – 7th in the UK 
  • Marketing and Public Relations – 14th in the UK (top in Wales, and top 10 in the UK for course satisfaction, and second in the UK for assessment and feedback) 
  • Mathematics – 17th in the UK (top five in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction)

Professor Donna Whitehead, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of South Wales, said: “I am delighted to see USW climb 29 places in this year’s Guardian League Table. These results build on so many successes this year, including our recent review by the Quality Assurance Agency where we received a number of commendations; our Research Excellence Framework (REF) outcomes from earlier this year, where we saw significant increases in the volume of world leading research; and improvements in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS).

“These results are a result of the hard work of our USW staff and students, and I want to say thank you and congratulations. I’m proud to be part of our USW family! We are all looking forward to enhancing the learning and teaching experience for our learners even further to ensure that they all achieve the very best outcomes.”

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