UWIC tops the tables as best new university in Wales – twice! 

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has been ranked as Wales’ top new university by an essential national guide.

The Sunday Times University Guide 2008, published with the newspaper yesterday (Sunday 21 September), shows that UWIC is Wales’ top new university, and also achieves one of the highest levels of student satisfaction, according to this month’s National Student Survey (NSS).

This achievement for UWIC follows on from the success of being named as Wales’ top new university in another important guide - The 2008 Complete University Guide published in the Independent - earlier in the year.

Richard Moremon, UWIC’s Director of Marketing and Communications said: “This is fantastic news for UWIC and puts us amongst the top new universities in the UK. It caps a great month for UWIC coming on the back of excellent student satisfaction results shown in the NSS published recently. Together these external assessments highlight the huge effort UWIC has made to improve every aspect of the student experience and are further evidence of the high regard in which the university is held.”

The Sunday Times University Guide 2008, described as “the definitive guide for prospective students”, 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, ratings from head teachers’ and academic peer review, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university dropout rates.

Notes to Editors

A new university is defined as being established or awarded new university status since 1992.

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) is a Constituent Institution of the Federal University of Wales.

Taught degree-awarding powers were attained in 1996, but under the terms of UWIC’s membership of the University of Wales, these powers are held in abeyance and students receive University of Wales awards. UWIC is currently in the process of attaining Research Degree Awarding Powers.

UWIC has around 1,500 staff and 10,000 students and an annual turnover of approximately £70 million.

UWIC has Centres of Excellence in every School, offering applied research and consultancy to business and industry, and local and national government across the UK and throughout the world.

UWIC currently operates from four teaching campuses within the City of Cardiff

For further information contact Sarah Huckson, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: shuckson@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/