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History degree at University of Suffolk ranks fifth nationwide in Guardian University Guide 2019

PUBLISHED: 15:41 01 June 2018

A number of courses at the University of Suffolk have been named as among the best in the country Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBC

A number of courses at the University of Suffolk have been named as among the best in the country Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBC

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A number of courses at the University of Suffolk have been ranked among the best in the country as part of a prestigious national survey.

The university had a number of courses rank in the top 30, and many more in the top 40 Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBCThe university had a number of courses rank in the top 30, and many more in the top 40 Picture: NICOLE DRURY/IBC

Suffolk’s BA (Hons) history degree was ranked fifth out of 96 institutions nationwide in the Guardian’s University Guide 2019 – beating Bristol, UCL, Nottingham and Warwick.

Only Cambridge, Durham, Oxford and St Andrews came above Suffolk in the course ratings – putting the university in the top 6% in the whole country.

The university’s BA (Hons) photography degree also did exceptionally well, ranking 10th out of 67 institutions nationwide.

Other courses featuring in the top 30 included design, which came 26th out of 75; hospitality and tourism, which ranked 28th out of 48, and health profession, which came in at 28th out of 72 institutions.

Mohammed Dastbaz, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Suffolk Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHYMohammed Dastbaz, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Suffolk Picture: JAMES FLETCHER PHOTOGRAPHY

BA (Hons) English rose 43 places in the guide to 33rd out of 105, while criminology was ranked 31st out of 64 and sport sciences ranked 37th out of 76.

Overall the University of Suffolk was ranked 13 places higher than last year, at 102nd in the table.

In its own words, the Guardian University Guide takes into account “all the factors that are most important to students”: How much they will benefit from the teaching, whether other students liked the university and the subject, and their chances of getting a ‘good’ job. It does not include research scores.

The Guardian guide also includes a ‘continuation score’ – indicating how many first-year students have stuck with their studies for a second year.

Professor Mohammad Dastbaz, deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Suffolk, said: “This is the second year that we are appearing as the University of Suffolk on various league tables, which are just one way of measuring a university’s success.

“We are very pleased with the progress we have made in arts, design, humanities, health professionals and some social sciences areas.

“Through offering an excellent student experience, innovative programmes to train the work force of the future for our region, our ambitious plan to develop our research and expand our business engagement, we are confident the University of Suffolk will be one of the key providers of excellent higher education, not only in our region, but nationally.”

You can view the guide here: https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2018/may/29/university-league-tables-2019

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