UCF ascends the ranks

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University College Falmouth (UCF) has ascended the rankings of the Guardian’s influential University Guide by an impressive 21 places this year, achieving 40th position out of a total of 118 higher education institutions in the UK.

The Guide provides vital information for more than 600,000 university applicants who face the toughest ever competition for places this year.

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It ranks universities according to how satisfied their final-year students are; how much each institution spends per student; the ratio of staff to students; the career prospects of graduates; and the grades that prospective students are required to achieve in order to have the chance of being offered a place.

This year, the Guardian increased the influence of the National Student Satisfaction survey in its methodology to 25% of the total score for each institution.

In the past, UCF appeared in the Guardian’s list of specialist institutions, offering fewer than four subject areas, but now ranks among the best universities in the country as a result of its merger with Dartington College of Arts and the addition of performance courses to its growing portfolio.

“The Guardian University Guide is particularly important because it is the only survey that is heavily weighted towards student satisfaction,” said UCF’s Rector and chief executive, Professor Anne Carlisle. “University College Falmouth achieved excellent results in last year’s National Student Satisfaction survey and this is reflected in our performance in this year’s Guide.

“To have risen by 21 places is testament to the quality and breadth of UCF’s specialist offer in Art, Design, Media and Performance, and our unyielding determination to prepare graduates for success in the creative industries as we progress towards the attainment of Arts University Cornwall by 2013.”