Coventry University, our English partener of six years, has risen to the 15th place in the Guardian league table of universities, highest position ever achieved by a modern university.
The Guardian’s league tables, one of the main ones in the UK, rank 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 (NSS).
It was positive ratings from finalists that helped to drive Coventry University’s rise up the rankings, according to the compiler of the tables Matt Hiely-Rayner: “It is particularly in the questions that relate to assessment and feedback that Coventry does well. This is interesting because it is the only area of the student survey where finalists often show dissatisfaction.” The university also has impressive student-staff ratios, he adds. “Few institutions outside the Russell Group manage such a low number of students per member of academic staff – and some Russell Group members don’t either.”
John Latham, vice-chancellor of Coventry University, says the university’s success is down to its focus on students’ needs. “We’re a modern university, but not just in the sense that we haven’t been around for as long – we’re very modern in our approach. We’re challenging the system. We’re bringing in new forms of pedagogy and listening to students.”
The university has three objectives: “teaching students well, making sure that students are listened to, and making sure they get good jobs at the end of their course,” says Ian Dunn, deputy vice-chancellor for student experience at Coventry.
The collaboration between Coventry University and MADE iN Sainte Marie allowed to create the European Bachelor in Management and Development, a degree designed to combine management training with a deep understanding of the world around us, as well as the Master’s degree in Management and Entrepreneurship for Positive Economy, particularly suited for students who wish to combine economic development and social awareness in a meaningful way.
Congratulations Coventry University, we are proud of you !