Falmouth University has retained its place as the UK’s leading arts university for the third year running in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Falmouth is now in the top 20 (17th) for teaching quality in the whole of the UK and has climbed four places to 52 in the overall ranking.

Professor Anne Carlisle, vice-chancellor and chief executive, said: “I’m delighted that Falmouth is once again the UK’s leading University for the creative industries.

“It’s also great news for Cornwall as we welcome more students from the county than ever before. Our combination of continued investment in students, teaching and facilities along with our record of getting our graduates great jobs has seen a steady and sustainable rise up this respected league table.”

Falmouth currently has 700 Cornish students studying at its campuses and aims to have 25% of its UK undergraduate student population recruited from within the county by 2020.

Falmouth has also continued to improve in the latest National Student Satisfaction (NSS) Survey and is sixth in the UK for graduate employment, scoring an impressive 96.5% in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE).

The Times and Sunday Times league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.