14th June 2012, 0:00am
Lincoln's considerable progress recognised in new Times Good University Guide
Times Good University Guide 2013 The University of Lincoln has continued to rise up the Times’ university league table achieving the most progress of any institution over the last two years.

It is now ranked 52nd out of 117 universities in the UK, placing it well in the top half of all institutions in the latest edition of the Good University Guide, featured in today’s Times newspaper.

The Times Good University Guide attributes ‘much-improved graduate employment, higher entry standards, better staffing levels and extra spending on student facilities’ as producing the latest rise.

The Guide also comments on the University’s appeal to both high-quality academic staff and to students. It reports on the ten-fold increase in professors now teaching at the University and the continuing rise in applications from higher achieving students.

Research quality was also a feature of the Times’ ranking and the University’s successful return in the last national research assessment exercise (RAE) contributed to the improvement. The University received a £2 million boost in research funding, reflecting the volume of research judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

The University’s vice-chancellor, Professor Mary Stuart, said:
“I am delighted that Lincoln continues to move up the UK rankings. I believe that we are investing in the future of this institution by developing our staff and our campus. Our excellent relationship with our Students’ Union contributes to ensuring that our students have the best experience with us they can.

We are very aware of today’s economic environment. By listening to and working with business leaders, we are responding by enabling our students to be ready for the world of work. Our award-winning collaboration with global giant Siemens on the School of Engineering – the first new such school in the UK for more than 20 years - is just one excellent example of that.”

The Times Good University Guide has been published annually since 1992. It ranks 116 UK universities according to eight criteria, including student satisfaction, research quality and degree results. For the 11th successive year Oxford heads the table, with Cambridge coming second and in third place the London School of Economics. The guide is published by HarperCollins. Full details can be found at www.thetimes.co.uk/gug and in a print supplement in The Times today (June 14).
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