The University has been placed 1st in Wales in 8 subjects and in the UK’s top 15 in 6 subjects in the Guardian University League Table 2021 published today (5 September).

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The University Group, which includes Coleg Sir Gâr, is positioned joint 56th overall out of the 121 featured institutions from across the UK and is 2nd in the UK for the quality of feedback and assessment, a score given by final year students in the National Student Survey (NSS).

The Guardian ranks universities according to nine different measures: including how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, teaching and feedback, spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results.

The subjects which are ranked 1st in Wales are Art, Design & Crafts, Fashion & Textiles, Film, Production and Photography, Forensic Science & Archaeology, History and Education and Engineering: Mechanical.

Art and Engineering: Mechanical are also ranked 1st in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching and with feedback.

Barry Liles, OBE, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the Wales Institute of Science and Art (WISA) said:

"We are delighted that 5 of the top subjects in Wales are within WISA in today’s Guardian University League Table.  As an Institute we are committed to maintaining a strong focus on delivering the very best experience for our students. All our staff are passionate about teaching and providing a supportive and employment-focussed experience to all our students.”

Dr Mirjam Plantinga, the University’s Associate Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Experience, said:

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) celebrates the news that we have achieved a solid performance in this year’s Guardian University League Table.  It shows consolidation of the significant rise achieved in the last year’s league table and we are delighted with being 2nd in the UK for satisfaction with feedback as well as the excellent results achieved by individual subjects.

This latest league table confirms the results of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2020 which saw the university win the main award in the ‘Courses and Lecturers’ category for the second year in succession.

Our strong emphasis on personalised learning, small classes, student support and working together with our students in close partnership has been crucial to achieving these results.”


Note to Editor

University of Wales Trinity Saint David is part of the UWTSD Group, a confederation of several institutions, which includes the University of Wales, as well as Coleg Sir Gâr and Coleg Ceredigion as constituent colleges. The Group offers a continuum from FE to HE for the benefit of learners, employers and communities. 

UWTSD’s vision is to be a University with a commitment to the well-being and heritage of the nation at the heart of all its activities. Central to the vision is the promotion and embedding of a dual-sector educational system which educates learners of all ages and backgrounds, and stimulates economic development in the region, across Wales and beyond

The University was founded in 1822 and will celebrate its bicentenary in 2022.  Its 1828 Royal Charter is the oldest of any university in Wales.  The University’s campuses are located in Swansea Carmarthen, Lampeter, Cardiff and London and it has a Learning Centre in Birmingham. 

UWTSD is committed to placing students at the centre of its mission by providing a relevant and inspiring bilingual curriculum, providing a supportive learning environment, investing in its campuses and facilities and ensuring that students, from all backgrounds, are given the opportunity to achieve their potential.  

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