Exeter ranked 12th best uni in the UK in The Times Good University Guide!

We also ranked fifth for sport


Exeter University has been ranked 12th best university in the UK, maintaining its 2019 ranking.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide ranked Exeter the 12th best university in the UK, with 86.7 per cent of students receiving a First or a 2:1 at the end of their degree, and a completion rate of 94.6 per cent, which was ranked the 11th highest in the UK.

Other key factors contributing to the ranking include teaching quality, which ranked 84th, whilst student experience ranked 44th. This also included research quality which ranked 18th, and Graduate prospects which ranked at 19th.

The most popular subjects for student satisfaction of teaching standards included: Geology with 92.7 per cent, Sports Science at 86.4 per cent and Communication and Media Studies at 84.9 per cent. The subjects with the least student satisfaction were: Middle Eastern and African Studies at 71.4 percent, Civil Engineering at 69.6 per cent, and General Engineering being the lowest at 67.5 per cent.

Exeter ranked the sixth worst in England and Wales for social inclusion. The social inclusion mix demonstrated that admissions were made up of 35.3 per cent Independent schools, 11.9 per cent Grammar schools, and the remaining 52.8 per cent being that of state school admissions.

Ethnic minority students made up 11.3 per cent of the student body, with the Black attainment gap being -16.2 per cent.

Students from deprived areas made up 6 per cent of the student body, whilst EU students made up 5.8 per cent, and other overseas students made up 19.5 per cent.

Other contributing factors to Exeter’s position included: Sport, which ranked at fifth in the UK, and the overall offer rate being 88.7 per cent.

Exeter was also given an overall world ranking of 164.

A spokesperson from the university told The Exeter Tab: “The University of Exeter has retained its position amongst the best universities in the UK, according to the latest influential rankings.

“The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place.

“For individual subjects, four appear in the top five rankings (Anthropology, Radiography, Sports Science, and Classics & Ancient History), 17 in the top 10 and 37 in the top 20.”

Lisa Roberts, Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is excellent that Exeter has retained its ranking, maintaining its position as being amongst the very best universities in the UK.

“The University has a steadfast commitment to ensuring both students and staff can thrive in the very best teaching and research environments.

“This, coupled with our work with industry and businesses, and our local and global partnerships play a crucial role in boosting both the regional and national economy, is reflected in this latest ranking.”

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