Top University in Wales

Cardiff University is officially Wales’s top ranked university according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Whilst Cardiff UK’s ranking remains the same at 34th, other changes means it takes over at the top spot.

Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and Students, Claire Morgan said: “I’m delighted we’ve regained our status as the number one ranked university in Wales in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

“This means in recent weeks we’ve retained our spot as number one university in Wales in The Complete University Guide 2021 and seen, albeit small but important, rises in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (up to 191st in the world) and Guardian University Guide (37th in the UK) - which includes being ranked first in Wales for career prospects.

“The last year has unquestionably been one of the most challenging for our staff and students - and continues to be so.

“To witness sustained performance as well as improvements is testament to the commitment and expertise of our staff and means that we continue to move in the right direction.

“However, we’re not complacent. We know that we still have work to do and are keen to deliver improvements. We will continue to work with our staff and student community to ensure we do everything possible to deliver the best teaching and learning outcomes for all.’

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.

We have a significant economic and social impact on Wales and the UK, contributing in areas such as employment, research funding and teaching and learning activities.


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