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Kingston University drops drastically on national league tables

By Alia Alansari Oct 19, 2016
Stefan Ghinea, 19 and Enver Rasid, 18 at Penrhyn Road by Kotryna Budriute

Kingston University has plunged to the 122nd spot on The Times’ Good University guide for 2017, dropping 11 places from last year’s result.

The University ranked as being one of the worst in teaching quality coming in at 122nd and 116th for student experience, out of 128.

A KU spokeswoman, said: “Kingston University was ranked 122 in the table. It was commended for working hard to improve its offer to students and for making huge investments in facilities for the benefit of all at the institution.

“The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide features 128 universities and higher education institutions across the UK.”

The statistics were based on data collected by universities and surveys filled out by their students as part of the annual National Student Survey.

Some individual courses at Kingston were ranked at the bottom of the league table.

Kingston currently offers some of the lowest ranked courses in the country. It also competed for one of the worst spots in the country between universities that offered the courses.

The spokeswoman added: “It ranks them according to their performance in nine areas: teaching quality, student experience, research quality, entry standards, graduate prospects, First/2:1s, completion rate, student-staff ratio and spending on services and facilities.”

Its highest score in terms of teaching quality went to sports science, which was ranked at 58 for university performance in that course.

The University spokeswoman added: “Its excellence in graduate enterprise was also recognised, with the newspaper highlighting the fact that the University was first in the UK in this area, accounting for one in 10 of all graduate businesses launched in England last year.

“Kingston University has been among the top two institutions in this key area for seven successive years.”

According to the Ultimate University Guide, which offers a similar research approach to The Times, Kingston University was at the 80th place in 2010, and for 109th in 2017.

The Guardian ranked Kingston University at 88 in its league tables for 2017.

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