Education news is top of the agenda this afternoon here at Young Academic as The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 is published. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been named the top university in London according to the survey.
Imperial College also gets top honours for it’s student’s gaining graduate level jobs upon graduation in the 64-page guide, now in its 14th year, which is published this Sunday, September 11 with The Sunday Times. Other highlights include;
- Imperial College has the most students in London with graduate level jobs
- Greenwich leads the way in teaching excellence according to students
Top in London
Sunday Times UK rank
Sunday Times UK rank
Graduate level jobs %
|London School of Economics and Political Science|
|University College London|
|King’s College London|
|School of Oriental and African Studies|
|University of the Arts London|
|University of Greenwich|
|University of Roehampton|
|St Mary’s University College, Twickenham|
|University of Westminster|
|University of East London|
|London South Bank University|
|University of West London|
|London Metropolitan University|
An institution founded in 1895 by, among others, George Bernard Shaw, in little over a century, LSE has become the world-leader in the study of economics, politics and the social sciences. Upon graduation students earn an average salary of £28,594, almost £9,000 above the UK average, and many go on to occupy high positions in governments and civil services the world over. If LSE had decided to charge £9,000 a year for tuition fees, nobody would have batted an eyelid. Displaying the same lateral thinking for which its graduates are renowned, the school has opted to set its fees at £8,500 a year.
The school is in a better position than most to set lower fees thanks to the huge number of overseas students it recruits at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. There will be considerable support for those from poorer backgrounds with at least 37 National Scholarship Programme awards of £3,000 for the first-year, rising to £4,900 in the second and third years and the school will also offer significant bursaries awards ranging from £500 up to £3,500.
The reach of the school’s bursaries will help bring the average level of tuition fees paid down to just over £7,500 — a rate bettered by just 25 universities in England. This — and an extensive outreach programme of mentoring, tutoring, taster sessions and campus visits — should help keep the proportion of working-class students 50% higher than at Oxbridge. Professor Christopher Pissarides won the Nobel Prize for economics last October and is the 16th Nobel laureate from the LSE. Undergraduates enter with straight As at A-level and three-quarters go on to gain either a first or 2:1 in one of the narrow portfolio of degree courses: 35 at present, rising to 36 with the introduction of a BSc in management next year.
Imperial graduates are among the most sought-after in the world, which is probably why 95.7% are in graduate level jobs within six months. They are also among the best paid — earning on average £29,257 in their first job after leaving university. The reason for their success is not hard to fathom. Imperial attracts some of the brightest students. In its specialist fields of science, engineering and medicine it competes directly with Oxbridge, and accordingly, it recruits globally. During the past 14 years, Imperial has never finished outside the top four in The Sunday Times university league table until now.
According to student satisfaction results Greenwich has the best score in the region for teaching excellence. Not surprising when considering that one of the university’s research breakthroughs was recently named by British academics as one of the 10 most important discoveries made by a UK university over the past 60 years. Greenwich’s scientists developed an artificial cow that attracts and kills tsetse flies, which transmit the deadly sleeping sickness. It has led to a dramatic fall in outbreaks of the disease which kills thousands of people in Africa. Greenwich gained university status in 1992 and the curriculum is still focused on vocational courses ranging from traditional programmes such as teacher training to newer occupations such as horticulture and paramedic science.
The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 provides students and their parents with an invaluable first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities and the leading colleges of higher education. The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university dropout rates.