The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 awarded the prestigious accolade of ’University of the Year for Teaching Quality’ to Aberystwyth University, which marks the first time an institution in Wales has been ranked number one by the Guide for this award. The Guide’s league table also propels the University into the top 50 universities in the UK.
Aberystwyth University is also one among the top ten in the UK and first in Wales for student experience. It was ranked 47th in the UK among 131 higher education institutions.
Why Aberystwyth University?
The Editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide, Alastair McCall, said, “Aberystwyth University had taken strides in recent years to improve the student experience.”
“Students at Aberystwyth know they are on to a good thing and have been swift to acknowledge it. The University has secured some of the most remarkable scores in the UK from students for the quality of teaching it offers. It is one of a very few universities to increase its student satisfaction scores in this area from last year, against a backdrop of a much tougher National Student Survey,” said McCall.
The AberWorks scheme aims to help students gain practical work experience within the University, with the key aim to increase skills and self-awareness to develop employability. Students have opportunities to earn while they learn within the areas of catering, administrative work, Ambassador roles and more.
The AberForward scheme provides a range of work-related training and work experience opportunities to current students and recent graduates. Opportunities range from 5 day training courses to 4 weeks paid placements within University departments, plus weekly skills workshops from the careers team.