University of Portsmouth is in the top 50 universities in the UK

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THE University of Portsmouth is in the top 50 universities in the UK, according to the Guardian University Guide 2014.

Social Work, and Nursing and Paramedical Studies have also been placed in the top five in the country of the subject specific tables.

The University has risen 30 places to be placed at number 48 in the guide, up from 78 last year. This is the second largest rise of all the universities in the table.

The guide is published annually and ranks all UK universities according to teaching excellence. Together with other national guides, it is used by potential undergraduate students, both national and international, to help select their future university.

The marked rise in the rankings was due to an improvement across all eight indicators assessed by the Guide, including expenditure per student and graduate career prospects.

Professor John Craven, vice chancellor of the university, said: ‘I am very pleased with this increase in our position in the league table which reflects solid improvement across all areas of assessment.

‘It is a clear indication of the high standards of our teaching and of all that we do to give our students an excellent experience.’

The ranking of fifth in the country for Nursing and Paramedical Studies includes both the teaching of dental nurses, hygienists and therapists carried out within the University’s Dental Academy, as well as paramedic students.

Last year the University of Portsmouth was placed among the top 400 universities in the world and the top modern university in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.