AUB has been ranked fourth in the 2019 regional league tables, achieving the region’s ‘biggest climber’ title.

Published on Wednesday 25 April, the league table sees AUB take the title of ‘biggest climber’ in the South West.

AUB currently ranks tenth on the national ‘notable climbers’ list, having risen 12 places to 49th place in the national rankings. AUB now sits behind Exeter, Bristol and Bath in the rankings.

The league table is based on ten measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards, Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects and Completion. It includes 131 institutions.

This year’s table confirms the South West as the top UK region for Degree Completion, with a mean score of 88.8% compared to a national average of 85.4%.

AUB’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE, said: “We are delighted to have ranked fourth in the regional league table. This result is testament to the dedication and commitment of our staff to our students, as well as their extensive industry experience and impactful research. Furthermore, we are committed to ongoing investment in our state-of-the-art campus and retaining and building on our position as a leading specialist arts university.”

This news follows a year of previous successes for AUB. In addition to obtaining the highest Gold rating by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the University’s graduate employment rate increased to 98% according to the 2017 DLHE Survey – the joint highest employment rate of any English university.

AUB’s Foundation courses were recently awarded ‘Outstanding’ in this year’s Ofsted Review. Meanwhile, the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course was recognised as a centre of excellence by The Queen’s Anniversary Prize 2017, which saw representatives from the course collecting their award at a prestigious ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.