Development & Alumni Relations Office 


24 March 2017

Queen's University has been rated 9th out of more than 120 institutions in the United Kingdom, that’s according to the latest Times Higher Education UK Student Experience Survey published yesterday (23.03.17).

The University’s highest ever ranking caps a series of improvements for Queen’s which came 12th in 2015 and 24th in 2014 and represents a remarkable rise of 70 places since the 2011 survey.

Queen's was rated in the Top 20 for facilities (2nd), industry connections (12th), student welfare (16th), academic experience (19th) and social life (20th), with respondents singling out the McClay Library, the Students’ Union and the atmosphere on campus.

And there were Top 40 placings for security (26th) and accommodation (37th), which resulted in Queen’s breaking into the Top 10 overall for the first time.

Professor David Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students at Queen's, said it was a great achievement to land such a high ranking in the prestigious UK listing. "We are delighted to be included in the Top 10 in the Times Higher student experience survey," he said.

"Queen's is committed to creating a dynamic environment that is world-leading and that provides life-enhancing opportunities for our students.

"Over the past 10 years, we have invested £350m in our campus on state-of-the-art facilities and buildings to ensure we provide a world class student experience."

Claire Baxter, head of Eventus, the team that coordinates Queen’s conferences and events, said the timetabling scheme aimed to ensure that all students were taught “close to ‘home’, increasing interaction and creating a stronger sense of identification with their school”.

She added: “The project involved individual consultation with each school, the movement of a designated set of teaching rooms to central management and the implementation of an effective zoning of teaching method for the creation of the academic timetable.”

Satisfaction with industry connections has seen scores improve dramatically since 2011, a result of the creation of the University’s Employer’s Forum. Established in 2012, this internal body maintains links with businesses seeking to recruit Queen’s graduates. The two-way link means that students are taught what employers are looking for, to make the process of equal value to both.

Harper Adams University, an agricultural institution, offers the best student experience in the UK, according to THE, which questioned over 15,000 students about their university experience across 22 criteria including teaching, accommodation, facilities and social aspects.

With Queen’s ranked in the Top 10 and Ulster University being named most improved university of the year, Northern Ireland’s higher education institutions are currently flying high.

Media inquiries to Queen’s Communications Office, tel: + 44 (0)28 90 97 3091.

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