IoE leaps up Complete University Guide 2016

The Institute of Education has further strengthened its national and international standing through its excellent results in the recently published Complete University Guide 2016. The IoE is now ranked as 14th nationally, up 18 places from the 2015 table.

Professor Andy Goodwyn, Head of the IoE, commented: “This significant jump up the table demonstrates how hard we are working to ensure our students are successful, secure excellent jobs and are studying in truly supportive and exciting environment.”

The University of Reading as a whole is listed among the top 25% of universities nationally, higher than several Russell Group institutions, including Cardiff, Glasgow and Liverpool. It is now ranked as 29th nationally, up eight places from 2015.

Other news from the Guide reveals that UK universities have increased their spending on facilities during the last five years, while there has also been a sustained rise in the percentage of graduates in professional employment or engaged in further study six months after graduation.

The Complete University Guide, published since 2007, uses nine criteria in its assessment, including:

  • Academic services spend
  • Completion rate of students
  • Average UCAS tariff score of new students under the age of 21
  • Expenditure per student on staff and student facilities
  • Proportion of firsts and upper seconds
  • Graduate prospects – or the employability of graduates
  • Average quality of research
  • Student satisfaction (from the National Student Survey)
  • Student to staff ratio.

Vice-Chancellor Sir David Bell said:

“We are making good, steady progress thanks to the hard work of our staff and students. Reading is a university with international reach, so I am encouraged by our continuing strong global reputation in the latest subject rankings. I am also pleased that our strong REF 2014 results, which reflect our world-class research, have helped to boost our profile in these new national rankings.”

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