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15th September 2009, 9:32am
Lincoln leaps up Sunday Times league table
Students at the University of Lincoln The University of Lincoln has secured its highest ever ranking in a national university guide.

Lincoln ranked 74th out of 122 higher education institutions (HEIs) listed in the Sunday Times University Guide, published this weekend. That was a climb of 13 places from the previous year - one of the greatest increases of any university in England.

The latest guide means that Lincoln has made significant moves up the table in every guide since 2004 – and mirrors the performance in both The Times’ Good University Guide and The Independent’s Complete University Guide – published earlier in 2009.

All three guides point to Lincoln being one of the most improved English universities.

Other notable successes for Lincoln in the Sunday Times guide are a top quarter ranking for student satisfaction and a top third ranking for student retention. The good showing of student satisfaction in the guide follows on from the excellent results in the recent National Student Survey 2009.

Lincoln’s rise up the rankings places it within close reach of a group of strongly performing traditional and post-92 institutions.

Professor Scott Davidson, Pro Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, commented: “The Sunday Times University Guide is further proof that Lincoln is setting itself high standards and expectations as a higher education establishment. Our aim is to improve year on year and to give students an all-round university education that gives them the foothold they need for their chosen career.”

The Sunday Times University Guide 2010 was compiled using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), the National Student Survey, the national funding councils, head teachers, peers and the 122 institutions themselves. Each university and college is ranked according to the total mark it achieved across nine distinct areas: student satisfaction; head teachers and peer assessments; research quality; A/AS-level grades achieved by entrants; graduate employment and proportion of students entering graduate level jobs; percentage of first and 2:1 degrees awarded; student/staff ratios; and dropout rates.

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