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AUB climbs 17 places to be named a ‘Top 50 UK University’ in Complete University Guide 2021


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The specialist arts university has risen 17 places to 48th in this year’s Complete University Guide, ahead of other arts-based universities, including University of Arts London (UAL), Falmouth and Goldsmiths.

The ranking comes as the university continues to celebrate its retaining of TEF Gold for Teaching Excellence, highlighting outstanding outcomes for students from all backgrounds, and high levels of satisfaction in teaching, feedback and academic support.

AUB’s Creative Events Management course saw its highest-ever subject ranking (4th) in the Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism table, while remaining in the top 20 UK universities for Art & Design and Dance, Drama Cinematics (18th), and ranking 9th of all UK institutions for Student Satisfaction.

AUB Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Gough said: "AUB has a reputation for outstanding teaching, learning and graduate outcomes, and as always, we remain fully committed to our students, who are very much at the heart of our university experience.

"We're delighted to be ranked again in the top 50 of the Complete University Guide. Our teaching and research undertaken is recognised as excellent, and the exceptional careers that our students go on to enjoy as a result, are testament to the brilliant learning environment, academic provision and facilities we are proud to offer at AUB."

This year also marks the arrival of a new Innovation Studio at the front of the university’s Wallisdown campus, designed by renowned alumnus and architect Sir Peter Cook, which will invite emerging local businesses and creative entrepreneurs to engage with cutting-edge fabrication technologies housed in the university’s industrial workshops.

Sir Peter Cook also designed the campus’ award-winning Drawing Studio, the first purpose-built studio in an arts school for more than 100 years.

Last year, AUB gained its first EcoCampus Platinum certification, recognising its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability and performance, and this year, the institution continues to build on its commitments around student accommodation, with the completion of a new on-site Halls of Residence building for around 300 first year students.

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