University rises in national rankings

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THE University of Portsmouth has risen six places in The Guardian University Guide.

The independent ranking of quality in higher education has placed Portsmouth in 49th place, following the university’s ranking of 55th in last year’s guide.

The university’s health professionals subject area was in the top five in the country, sports science was in the 
top 10 and economics, 
building and town and 
country planning, mathematics, psychology, and hospitality, event management and tourism were all in the top 20.

The guide is published annually and ranks all UK universities according to 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; and how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, based on results from the annual National Student Survey.

The university’s rise in the guide’s rankings is due to an improvement across the three key areas of improved graduate career prospects, improved student/staff ratios, and higher spending per student.