Swansea Law and Criminology climb the Guardian University League Tables

Swansea University has once again achieved high rankings in the Guardian University Guide 2019, climbing fourteen places to 31st in the United Kingdom, making it Wales’ highest ranked university. The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, in particular, has made impressive developments in this year’s league table.

Graduate 1 smallThe criminology department has secured a Top 3 position having jumped seventeen places up the league table. With an overall ‘Guardian Score’ of 95.4, criminology has improved on every component which makes up the rankings.

The law department has also had a successful year, climbing eleven places securing a Top 30 position. Areas where significant progress has been made includes student satisfaction with teaching quality and graduate career prospects after six months.

The Guardian University league table ranks universities on the factors that are most important to students; how much they will benefit from the teaching standard, how satisfied previous students were with course content, teaching quality and delivery of feedback, and also future career prospects.

For the first time, the 2019 table includes continuation scores which highlight the percentage of students who progress from first year into second year. This metric is a good indication of how successful a university is in supporting all students, particularly those who may be struggling. The efforts being made by the School of Law are evident in this metric with both law and criminology receiving a score of 93.6% for continuation.

Head of School, Professor Elwen Evans QC, said: “I am delighted that the Guardian University League Table so evidently recognises the School of Law’s commitment to delivering a supportive learning environment and exceptional student experience. Our excellent league table positions for Law and Criminology are a real testament to the determination of the whole School community to ensure that students are equipped with the skills and experiences they will need to thrive in their chosen careers and which we know employers value. I am enormously grateful to all my colleagues who have contributed to this success.”

Compiled by Intelligent Metrix, an independent consultancy that specialises in measuring performance in higher education, the Guardian rankings are based on official data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the National Student Survey (NSS).

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