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The Times and Sunday Times recognises Royal Holloway as a top five London university

Posted on 23/09/2016
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The Times and Sunday Times recognises Royal Holloway as a top five London university

Royal Holloway, University of London, has risen two places in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, with its positive student experience and teaching excellence making it the fifth highest performing university in London.

The rankings, which will be published this Sunday (25 September), provide a comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain, including an analysis of student satisfaction and quality of teaching. The rankings take account of the performance of universities in the recent National Student Survey (NSS), where students feedback on their experience of university across a number of areas.

Now positioned 34 among 127 universities in the UK, The Times and Sunday Times rankings see Royal Holloway outperform Russell Group universities including Queen Mary, Liverpool and Cardiff. 

The ranking mirrors the university’s performance in the 2016 NSS where Royal Holloway was named London's highest performing university for overall student satisfaction, for the second year running. Student feedback from the NSS means Royal Holloway achieved a higher overall student satisfaction rating than more than half of the Russell Group universities and most non-specialist London universities including King’s College and UCL.

Quality teaching alongside a great student experience

The Times and Sunday Times rankings also recognise the strength of feeling among students for the quality of teaching at the university.

Professor Paul Layzell, Principal at Royal Holloway, said; “This latest achievement is a direct result of our university’s dedication to providing high quality teaching, informed by world class research in a close knit community environment where our students are inspired to succeed.”

A close community with an international outlook

The university was also recognised internationally this week with the publication of the Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings. THE is the professional journal for people working in higher education. The ranking places Royal Holloway within the top 200 universities globally. In particular, Royal Holloway is ranked as the 10th highest performing university in the UK for international outlook. 

Find out more about studying at Royal Holloway and the experiences of international students in the Royal Holloway community. 


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