The University of Southampton

Physics and Astronomy positioned in UK top 10 in 2019 Guardian University Guide

Published: 29 May 2018
Physics rose six places to be ranked sixth in the 2019 Guardian University Guide

Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton has risen into the top 10 for subject rankings in the 2019 Guardian University Guide. Physics rose six places to be ranked sixth in the guide, with a 99.0 out of 100 score positioning it second in the country – and first in the Russell Group – for satisfaction with the course.

The Guardian University Guide ranks 121 UK institutions and focuses on undergraduate study and experience. Rankings are based around criteria of entry tariffs, student satisfaction, graduate prospects, student-staff ratio and university spend per student.

Professor Jonathan Flynn, Head of Physics and Astronomy, says: “We are thrilled to be sixth in the Guardian league table for Physics, and first in the Russell Group for overall student satisfaction. The Guardian University Guide emphasises the students' perspective and we think our top 10 position reflects the effort we make to support our students. We will not be complacent, however, and will continue to work to improve our students' experience and their future prospects.”

Physics and Astronomy is joined in the top 10 by other subjects in the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering; Computer Science and Information Systems is ranked 8th and Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) is 2nd .

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of Physical Sciences and Engineering, adds: “EEE is consistently ranked among the best departments in the UK and this outstanding result reinforces that the University and Electronics and Computer Science provide educational experience and training of the highest quality to our students. I am also delighted that Computer Science and Physics are among the top 10 in their disciplines, which is a fantastic achievement. Such consistent results are testament to the expertise and commitment of our staff as well as the leadership at a Department and Faculty level.”

The University of Southampton rose 12 places to be ranked 23rd overall in the 2019 guide. The improvement comes a month after the University’s return to the top 20 in the 2019 Complete University Guide.

View the 2019 university league tables in full via the Guardian University Guide website.

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