Aberystwyth best UK university for teaching quality and student experience in Times Good University Guide

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18 September 2020

Aberystwyth University is the best university in the UK for teaching quality and student experience, according to the The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide, as it continues to climb the league tables.

The latest edition of The Times / The Sunday Times Good University Guide is published on Sunday 20 September 2020 and sees Aberystwyth ranked 1st in the UK for Student Experience and for Teaching Quality, up from 2nd last year.

Aberystwyth has now been the top university in Wales for student satisfaction for five years in a row, and is now the top in the UK.

Overall, Aberystwyth has climbed a further three places to 42nd, further consolidating its status amongst the top 50 universities in the country.

In its review, The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide, comments:

“Aberystwyth has topped our analysis of 2020's National Student Survey for both satisfaction with teaching quality and with the wider university experience. It ranked second in the UK on both measures in 2019 and has been the top Welsh university for student satisfaction for five successive years.
“It is rare for a university to achieve this double success in student satisfaction scores ... It’s not just the students who think the teaching is good; the university was awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence FrameworkIts panel found “outstanding levels of stretch” ensuring that all students were significantly challenged to achieve their full potential.”

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Vice-Chancellor of Aberystwyth University, said: “This is really fantastic news. These rankings are a testament to the enormously hard work of colleagues across the University. To be recognised as the best in the UK for teaching quality and student experience is something of which we can all be enormously proud. I would like to thank everyone here at Aberystwyth University for their contribution towards making this happen.”

“As we embark on a new academic year, which will mean challenges and adaptations for the whole sector because of the global pandemic, we will continue to aim to offer students an experience that is as similar as possible to the high-quality experience we always aim to deliver.  It’s an exciting time with key investments coming to fruition, including reopening our iconic Pantycelyn Halls this year and our new veterinary school and the restoration of the Hen Goleg (Old College) over the years ahead. This continued investment will allow us to build on our rich heritage and national commitment to education as we welcome students and staff from Wales, the United Kingdom and across the world.”