Lancaster is region’s top uni for second year

LANCASTER University has been named the top university in the North West for the second year running in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016.
The university has climbed one place to 11th in the UK as it homes in on its target of a top 10 listing.

The guide says that Lancaster is more successful than most research universities in widening participation among under-represented groups.
Nine out of 10 undergraduates are state educated and one quarter come from the four lowest socio-economic classes.  The 10% recruited from areas with little tradition of sending students to university is well above Lancaster’s benchmark level.

Manchester University remains in second place, ranked 28th nationally. The guide analysis of the latest outcomes shows student satisfaction with the wider student experience at Manchester runs considerably ahead of the opinion they hold of their teaching and the quality, promptness and usefulness of assessment and feedback.
The university ranks 90th in Britain on the latter measure. Since the advent of the NSS more than a decade ago, Manchester has struggled to achieve the top-20 status domestically that it previously attained effortlessly.

But Manchester remains the most popular university in the country in terms of total applications. And with more international students than any other UK university, drawn from 154 countries, the university’s international standing appears to trump its domestic travails.

And Manchester’s graduates are in demand. The Times’ top 100 companies named Manchester as their favourite recruiting ground in 2015 — an important accolade when some firms limit their recruiting visits — and they also rate the university careers service highly.
Liverpool University in third has slipped from 36th to 38th and Liverpool John Moores in fifth has also fallen from 71st to 74th.

Edge Hill University in fourth has moved up from 72 to 68 and Manchester Metropolitan is sixth, rising from 89th to 77th in the table.

Liverpool Hope is seventh in the region but 79th nationally, followed by Chester (87th), Central Lancashire (92nd), Salford (98th), Cumbria (119th) and Bolton (123rd).

Published on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the guide 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 and the leading colleges of higher education.