University of Bedfordshire plummets to bottom of league table

University of Bedfordshire
University of Bedfordshire's Polhill Campus

The Guardian published its University Guide 2020 supplement today (Saturday 8 June), with the University of Bedfordshire (UoB) ranked in the lowest place.

Scoring just 27.9 out of 100, it was placed 121st in the league table.

The university, which has campuses in Bedford and Luton, was ranked 113th last year.

Now in its 20th year of publication, The Guardian University Guide is highly regarded within the sector.

According to The Guardian’s website, “The rankings are based on a complex compilation of data related to institutional performance and student outcomes in each subject offered by a UK university.”

The table takes into account student:teacher ratios, satisfaction with teaching and the number of students that continue into their second and third years.

With average maintenance and tuition debt at £50,000, students are under pressure to ensure they’re getting value for money when choosing a university.

Guardian University Guide 2020

“The 2020 edition comes at a time when universities in England are under assault over perceptions that student debt levels may be outweighing the benefits of a undergraduate degree,” said The Guardian’s report.

However, a University of Bedfordshire spokesperson said reports like this were unfair and not an accurate reflection of a university’s quality: “Tariff entry points should not determine a university’s ranking in a league table.

“It penalises universities like Bedfordshire which relentlessly pursue widening access to Higher Education.

“Our rising student satisfaction, a rise of 11 places for student’s satisfaction with their course, is testament to our excellent teaching, our commitment to low student: staff ratios, our investment in student support services and our determination to offer students the very best facilities.

“These are what matter to our students.”

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