University of Northampton in the UK’s top 60

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Nick Petford

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, Nick Petford

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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 has revealed the University of Northampton is ranked 59th in the UK, rising 40 places against last year’s position.

The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spending and university dropout rates.

The university is ranked 17th nationally for facilities spending per student and for the first time it is in the top 30 overall in the UK for student satisfaction.

Vice-Chancellor, Nick Petford said: “When I joined the university back in 2010, I was clear in my intention to develop the University of Northampton into a leading institution committed to delivering outstanding life-changing opportunities in education.

“The academic and professional services staff at the university have been teaching excellent courses and inspiring our students and we now have The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table success to support this.

“Looking to the future, we have ambitious plans to continue developing our offering to students, staff and our local community through the development of a brand new campus in the heart of Northampton town.

“The Waterside Campus, located next to the River Nene, will be a state of the art campus which will set the tone for the future of the university as a leading higher education institution, not only in the UK, but internationally, really putting Northampton on the map.”

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities.

In line with the release of The Good University Guide, The Sunday Times will also launch a competition giving current students the chance to win £5,000 towards their living expenses at university, as well as the opportunity for the winner to have their views on university life published in The Sunday Times.