Latest league table reinforces top university position

Gary Hughes
Canterbury campus

Kent’s position as one of the UK’s leading universities has been reinforced by the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2016.

For the second year running Kent has been ranked 22nd out of 126 institutions by the Guide. It also has four entries in the top 10 subject tables: Architecture (7th); Social Policy (9th); Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism (9th); and American Studies (10th).

Kent also achieved a top 20 position in a further 12 subject areas: Drama, Dance & Cinematics (11th); Marketing (12th); Theology & Religious Studies (13th); History of Art (14th); Sports Science (14th); Iberian Languages (15th); Anthropology (15th); Psychology (15th); Linguistics (17th); Sociology (19th); Politics (19th); and Italian (20th).

Complete University Guide logoThe CUG table is based on 10 measures that include research quality, research intensity and student satisfaction. Over the past nine months, Kent’s strengths in these areas have been reflected by outstanding results in the:

  • Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, where it was ranked 17th in the UK for research intensityand achieved the third largest increase of the top 50 research intensive universities for research power. Kent also achieved one of the largest increases in research funding following its REF success
  • National Student Survey (NSS) 2014, where it was placed joint third in the category ‘overall satisfaction’ alongside universities such as Cambridge, Durham, Essex, Glasgow, Oxford and Surrey

For the CUG 2016, Kent also performed well in relation to entry standards, staff/student ratio, completion rates, good honours, graduate prospects, spending on academic services and campus facilities.

The University’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor David Nightingale said: ‘Kent’s strong league table results continue with this latest announcement, which comes during what has been a highly successful year for the University. This result is also further good news for our students and staff, all of whom have helped establish Kent’s excellent reputation on the regional, national and international levels.’