By Rebecca Cook
Strathclyde has ranked 46th in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times University League Tables 2016.
This puts the university at seventh in Scotland.
The university’s score for student satisfaction and experience increased from last year’s rankings by nine places. 86% of students are happy with student life at Strathclyde.
Other areas where Strathclyde scored highly were the rate of first-class and 2:1 degrees achieved by students, which has a rate of 78%, and in sports – where the university ranks 42nd.
Strathclyde is also in the top 25 for research submissions, with a high number of submissions and nearly 80% of research since 2008 has been rated world-leading or internationally excellent
Gary Paterson, President of University of Strathclyde’s Student Association said: “We are delighted that Strathclyde continues to rise in satisfaction rankings, recognising the great quality education and student experience on campus.”
“We have noted areas for development in other satisfaction surveys around assessment and feedback, which – when resolved – will improve education and experiences for students on campus. We are looking forward to working with the university on new learning, teaching, sports, support services, and student union builds on campus which will meet students’ needs and expectations, and continue to see Strathclyde as a great place for study and student life.”
Strathclyde ranks in the top ten in a variety of subject areas, including Education, Psychology and Accounting and Finance.
It is particularly noted by The Times that they rank Strathclyde within the top 40 business schools in Europe, which is helped by becoming a research partner of Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The latter has been given the award of the number one university in the world.
The highest student satisfaction rates for individual subjects come from Physics, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Tourism subjects and Sociology. The lowest rate of satisfied students were studying Chemical Engineering, Biological subjects and Pharmacology/Pharmacy.
The Times rank the 127 universities in the UK in categories such as teaching quality and completion rates of courses. These points are combined to give an overall score.
They also rank universities around the world, where Strathclyde have placed 249th.
2016’s rankings are a slight drop on performances from years before, as the university has fallen from 39th to 46th in the UK, and 246th to 249th in the world.