Essex secures top 40 place in European teaching rankings

  • Date

    Wed 11 Jul 18

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Positive feedback from our students has helped Essex win a place in the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings.

This is the first time Times Higher Education has published the rankings and Essex is ranked 40th overall alongside other leading universities across Europe.

The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators covering engagement, resources, outcomes and environment which are combined to create an overall score which reflects our strengths.

At its heart are the results of the THE European Student Survey, which feed into seven of the 13 performance indicators.

Essex was above the UK average for student feedback on support for critical thinking, internships, access to learning materials and making connections to the world of work.

The percentage of students who said they would recommend Essex to their friends and family if they were considering going to university was also above average.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Anthony Forster said: “This is another endorsement for the transformative educational experience we deliver at the University of Essex. This comes in the wake of our Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework, our placing in the Times Higher Education Golden Age rankings and our 22nd place in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide – our highest ever ranking.

“We are proud to be a truly global university with exceptionally strong links to Europe thanks to our international community of students and academics. We’re working with our partners in YERUN (Young European Research Universities) to innovate and build even stronger international networks in Europe so I’m delighted to see many YERUN members in this new ranking.”

Times Higher Education says the metrics “focus on the student teaching and learning environment and student outcomes, have been designed to answer the questions that matter most to students and their families when making one of the most important decisions of their lives – who to trust with their education.”

The methodology was modelled on those of its previous teaching-focused rankings: the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education US College Rankings and the Times Higher Education Japan University Rankings.