Wrexham Glyndwr University listed rock bottom in UK of influential student guide


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

Wrexham Glyndwr University (WGU) is fully focused on improving its league table position after a disastrous result in the Guardian University Guide.

While performing well in some areas, the university was ranked last of the 121 institutions listed.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar says academic and operational staff should continue to work hard to increase student satisfaction, while addressing the areas where WGU received below-average outcomes.

“We are disappointed with the overall Guardian University Guide result but are confident that we will improve our position once such league tables have caught up with the huge strides we have made over the last 12 months,” said Prof Hinfelaar.

“Everyone is working hard and our recent NSS and employability scores reflect that, but there are areas where we can make improvements, in addition to the developments already in progress.

“They include the unveiling of our vision for the learning environment under Campus 2025 and looking ahead to the next NSS and employability figures coming out soon, which have seen improvements in recent times.

“We are also eagerly awaiting the outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework in June.

“We are always aiming to improve the student experience and are currently undertaking a curriculum review to ensure our courses remain up-to-date with the demands of modern industry.”

Despite overall disappointment, there are pockets of excellence.

In the teaching category, Computer Science was listed third in Wales, Mechanical Engineering came eighth in the UK and number one in Wales, and Education was third in the UK and top in Wales for satisfaction.

Art was ranked second in Wales overall and 14th in the UK for feedback, and Design and Crafts rose to become best in Wales and 12th in the UK for feedback.

Education was listed fourth in the UK and top in Wales for satisfaction with feedback, Social Work was top in Wales for feedback and graduates entering their chosen career within six months, and the Health professions secured number one position in the UK for satisfaction with feedback.

Sports Science also performed well, and was top in Wales for teaching and feedback – 17th and 10th respectively in the UK.

“It’s heartening to see that we have scored highly for teaching and academic feedback, as these are areas we have looked to improve,” added Professor Hinfelaar.

“We will continue to work hard to bring all schools up to the level of those which have done so well in this league table, and would like to thank everyone for their hard work throughout the year.”

Analysis of the results is continuing, to ensure the university participates fully in next year’s league tables.

See the results in full here: www.theguardian.com/education/universityguide.

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