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AUB named the UK’s top specialist art and design university in the Good University Guide 2021


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Arts University Bournemouth has been ranked the UK’s top specialist art and design university in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

The arts institution is celebrating a strong set of sector-leading results, after being named a Top UK modern university and the UK’s top specialist art and design university by The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Retaining its TEF Gold rating, the highest ranking Teaching Excellence award available to UK higher education institutions, AUB was also named a top 50 UK university this year by The Complete University Guide.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide ranked AUB top five of all UK universities for Teaching Quality and Student Experience, rising more than 50 places, with both its Architecture and Creative Events Management degrees scoring 11th and seventh in the UK.

AUB’s successful National Student Survey (NSS) results this year contributed to substantial score rises, with overall Student Satisfaction placing AUB 20th of all 158 UK universities, and Acting, Creative Writing, Dance and VFX programmes scoring 100% for Student Satisfaction too.

The report praises AUB's status as a small, specialist art design, media and performance institution that "packs a big punch in terms of student satisfaction with teaching quality and the wider university experience."

Professor Paul Gough, Vice Chancellor at AUB, said: “These fantastic results come at a challenging time for students, who will enter an increasingly competitive jobs market, so we’re very pleased to see our rankings improve in a number of areas, but most importantly in terms of our teaching quality and student satisfaction.

“At AUB, students are empowered to find creative ways to develop their knowledge; being led by innovative and world-class teaching which is informed by our staff’s strong connection to the creative industries.

“We’re excited to welcome very soon a new cohort of students, who’ll benefit from our high quality teaching, facilities and unique creative environment.”

AUB is the first specialist Art and Design institution ranked on the table. Universities positioned ahead of AUB (1-53) are multi-disciplinary institutions, or specialists in other subject areas.

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