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UEA climbs up the Guardian University Guide to 17th place

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has been ranked 17th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide - the most respected and widely read university ranking.

UEA has jumped seven places from last year’s 24th position in the table, which ranks 119 universities in a range of categories including teaching, student-staff ratios, entry tariffs and career prospects.  This year’s announcement includes significant rises in individual subject rankings at UEA, including law, which climbed 17 places and mathematics which improved by 24. Three subjects appear in the top five institutions in the UK, with pharmacy placed third, American studies fourth and nursing fifth.

The result is the latest league table success for UEA, which was revealed as the number one university for student experience in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2013, and ranked in the world top 100 for research excellence by the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2013. UEA also achieved another seven-place rise in the Complete University Guide, climbing from 27 to enter the top 20 in this league table for the first time.  Prof Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor of UEA, said: “Our consistently strong performance in league tables in this, our 50th anniversary year, is testament to our commitment to improving and supporting all aspects of the university, from top-class research and academics to a student experience that is second to none.

“I am extremely proud of all UEA staff, students and the students’ union for all they do to make UEA such a splendid place to live, work and study.”

Union of UEA Students communications officer Matt Myles said: “The Union of UEA Students is incredibly proud of UEA’s achievement in the league tables this year; we are excited about what the future holds for UEA and will continue to work in partnership with the university to offer the best student experience possible.”

Located at the heart of the thriving Norwich Research Park (NRP), UEA has invested not only in excellent research but in quality, small group teaching – reducing the staff-student ratio significantly over recent years. The university has a close partnership with the city of Norwich and students benefit significantly from this relationship. A high proportion (55 per cent) of home/EU students remain in the region after graduating.

The social, cultural and sporting experience on campus is also second to none. The Student Union attracts some of the biggest acts on the circuit – recently including Coldplay, The Killers, The Streets, Ed Sheeran and Primal Scream. The landmark Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts houses the collection of Robert and Lisa Sainsbury and will feature works by Constable and Gainsborough in its ‘Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia’ exhibition this autumn. And the £26 million Sportspark is one of the most extensive state-of-the-art university sports facilities in the UK.

Photo of UEA students on graduation day