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UWTSD participates in many surveys and league tables; the results of the most recent releases can be seen below.


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UWTSD received some excellent results in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019.

UWTSD ranked:

  • 8th in the UK for university of the year
  • 1st in the UK for course & lecturers.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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The Government has introduced a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) with the aim of recognising and rewarding excellent learning and teaching.

UWTSD received a Silver award which means that the TEF Panel judged that UWTSD delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

The TEF Panel noted particular evidence of:

  • Course design and assessment practices providing scope for high levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are highly valued by employers
  • Optimum levels of contact time, including outstanding personalised provision, that secure engagement and active commitment to learning and study from students
  • Clear investment in high quality physical and digital resources that is showing impact upon student learning
  • The use of research and scholarship to enhance curriculum design, strengthen student engagement, and enrich the student experience
  • A strong sense of regional and civic mission, a commitment to student engagement with industry, and a clear strategy for improving graduate prospects within a challenging employment context.

National Student Survey

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The National Student Survey (NSS) gathers opinions from final year students regarding the experience of their course.

UWTSD was awarded its highest ever student satisfaction score in 2018, obtaining a joint 36th position in the UK. Highlights included:

  • 1st in Wales for ‘learning community’ 
  • 2nd in Wales for ‘learning opportunities’ 
  • 4th in the UK for ‘assessment and feedback’
  • 6th in the UK for ‘Staff value students’ views and opinions about the course’ 
  • 11th in the UK for ‘academic support’.

Guardian League Table

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UWTSD jumped 29 places to =57th in the Guardian League Table 2020, with additional highlights including ranking:

  • =8th in the UK for satisfaction with teaching
  • =5th in the UK for satisfaction with feedback
  • 8th in the UK for Art
  • 7th in the UK for Design & Crafts
  • 1st in the UK for Fashion & Textiles
  • 1st in the UK for satisfaction with feedback in Business, Management & Marketing
  • 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching in Classics & Ancient History.

The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide

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The Times & Sunday Times rankings provide the information to allow students to make an informed choice about their higher education.

UWTSD ranked 8th in the UK for student satisfaction with teaching quality in the 2020 results. 

Furthermore, UWTSD ranked:

  • 11th in the UK for Art & Design.
  • 2nd in the UK for teaching quality in Computer Science.
  • 2nd in the UK for teaching quality in Mechanical Engineering.
  • 11th in the UK for teaching quality in Sports Science.
  • 13th in the UK for teaching quality in Business Studies.

Complete University Guide League Table

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The Complete University Guide produce annual league tables and rankings by university and subject.

UWTSD received some excellent rankings in the Complete University Guide 2020; the highlights were:

  • An increase of 13 places from 2019
  • =8th in the UK for student satisfaction
  • 21st in the UK for Art & Design
  • =5th in the UK for student satisfaction in Anthropology
  • =7th in the UK for student satisfaction in Building
  • =4th in the UK for student satisfaction in Psychology
  • =7th in the UK for student satisfaction in Social Work.

The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey

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UWTSD received excellent results in The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018, reinforcing the personal teaching and learning experience the University offers:

  • 7th in the UK for Academic Experience
  • =10th in the UK for high-quality staff/lectures
  • =6th in the UK for helpful/interested staff
  • =8th in the UK for good support/welfare
  • =4th in the UK for good personal relationships with teaching staff
  • 4th in the UK for tuition in small groups.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation.

In the 2016/17 DLHE survey:

  • 96.8% of UWTSD’s full-time UK undergraduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.

United Kingdom Engagement Survey

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The United Kingdom Engagement Survey (UKES) is the only nationwide UK undergraduate survey to focus on student engagement.

In the 2018 UKES, UWTSD ranked:

  • 4th overall in the UK
  • 4th in the UK for retention
  • 5th in the UK for assessment
  • 7th in the UK for employability.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.

In the REF 2014, 60% of UWTSD’s research work was judged to be either outstanding (23.3%) or very considerable (36.7%) in terms of its reach and significance. This demonstrates the strength of the University’s research work and the contribution it makes in seeking solutions to real-world challenges.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

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The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only UK higher education sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.

In the PTES 2018, UWTSD ranked:

  • In the top quartile in the UK for overall satisfaction
  • In the top quartile in the UK for satisfaction with retention
  • 6th in the UK for satisfaction with assessment
  • 9th in the UK for satisfaction with employability.

People & Planet University League Table

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The People & Planet’s University League is the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.

UWTSD was awarded ‘First Class’ status in the People & Planet University League Table 2017.