Roehampton is top new University in London, say Sunday Times rankings

The University of Roehampton is the top new university in London according to the Sunday Times, which published its Good University Guide at the weekend.

Posted: 3 October 2014

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An artist's impression of how the University's new library building will look

The news confirms the University’s status as a heavyweight, research-active institution which places great emphasis on students’ employment skills and is focused on providing the highest quality of teaching.

It comes a decade after the University became an independent body in its own right, although Roehampton’s four founding colleges have provided higher education for well over 170 years.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Roehampton, Professor Lynn Dobbs said: “We’re pleased to have been recognised as a success by the Sunday Times, it is another indicator of our growing reputation nationally and internationally for the quality of our teaching and research. This is a welcome endorsement and is good news for everyone starting a degree with us this week who can be assured a Roehampton qualification stands for a quality academic experience, intertwined with highly satisfied and employable students.”

The London league table places Roehampton significantly ahead of the universities of Kingston, Westminster and London South Bank. In the national league table, Roehampton also rose seven places.

Sunday Times writer Sue Leonard said: “Roehampton, up seven places in our [national] league table this year, is investing in its leafy south west London campus with a new library. Other projects include a centre of excellence for teaching citizenship education, human rights and social justice, and a newsroom for journalism students.”

In the extensive article, Siobhan Kelly, president of Roehampton Students’ Union said the University was outside the hustle and bustle of the capital but still very close to central London, and the collegiate nature of the University ensured everyone felt at home.

In other independent surveys this year, the University was recognised as among the best in the capital for the proportion of graduates being in work or further study by the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education Survey (92.3 per cent working/studying six months after graduation). Participants in the National Student Survey gave Roehampton its best ever results, with 86 per cent saying they were satisfied with its overall performance. The same survey ranked the Roehampton Students’ Union as the second best in London. Meanwhile, the Complete University Guide named Roehampton as the second safest university in the capital.

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