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UEL achieves impressive rise in the Guardian University Guide league table

UEL’s score is among the most improved in the country

The University of East London (UEL) is among the biggest climbers in the UK in the latest Guardian University Guide league table, which was published today.

UEL rose 19 places in the 2019 rankings. Its overall score was the third most improved, by percentage, among London universities and the eighth most improved of any university in the country.

This is the second year in a row UEL has increased its position in the Guardian Guide, having risen eight places in the 2018 league table. This year, UEL improved in measures including course satisfaction and employability after graduation. 

The impressive performance continues UEL’s upward trajectory in recent higher education rankings. In March, UEL was hailed as the UK’s most improved university over the past decade in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey. THE praised UEL as a “rising star” of higher education.

UEL also improved its ranking in the 2019 Complete University Guide for the second year in a row. The University has also seen large increases in the last two years in the National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction. 

Dean Curtis, UEL’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, said, “UEL’s rise of 19 places in the Guardian Guide league table is a great achievement.” 

“The improvement here and across a number of national surveys demonstrates that the hard work we’re doing to improve our students’ experience is generating results. We are achieving our goal of delivering high-quality courses that prepare students for the world of work or further study. 

“Overall, this has been a strong year for UEL, with nearly all of the major national rankings showing substantial improvement across a number of indicators.”

Professor Hassan Abdalla, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching, attributed UEL’s progress to years of hard work by staff and students.

He said, “It’s been a collective effort on the part of many people. Our shared values, our common purpose, and our passion for UEL have brought us to where we are today and will continue to lead us in a positive direction.”

The Guardian says its league tables focus on “the university activities that matter most to young people: quality of teaching, student satisfaction and employability.”

The guide ranks universities according to spending per student; the student-to-staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual NSS. 

This year, for the first time, the guide included a new continuation measure which reflects students’ chances of finishing their degrees.