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UCA named as one of UK’s top universities for teaching quality

We are pleased to announce that we have been identified as one of the country’s leading universities – and the UK’s top arts university – for teaching quality, after being ranked 14th in this category by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

In addition, UCA has also entered the top ten in the Guide’s Modern Universities table, climbing five places to be ranked sixth. In the overall league table, we have risen an impressive nine places to 53rd nationally.

The Sunday Times said: “[UCA] has seen a near-60 place rise in our league table since ranking 111 in 2012, a rise that has coincided with a sharp improvement in scores in the annual National Student Survey (NSS). Our new indicator on teaching quality, published for the first time last year and based on a dozen questions related to course delivery, assessment and feedback in the NSS, saw UCA rank just outside the top 10 this year, remarkable for an arts institution.”

Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is an incredible achievement for UCA – as a specialist arts university – to be named in the top 15 for teaching quality. We are ambitious for the future and are on a journey to be recognised internationally as one of the most important specialist creative arts universities, as we expand our portfolio to include performing arts, music and a range of technology and coding degrees.”

In May, we were named in the top 40 of all UK universities in the Guardian University Guide league table, with our School of Architecture positioned in the top five in the subject listings. We also bucked the national trend for a third year running in the NSS this year, posting significant gains in student satisfaction to rank highest of all specialist arts universities.

The second largest provider of creative arts education in Europe, we have campuses in Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham and Rochester, as well as teaching bases at Maidstone Television Studios and the Royal School of Needlework. Alumni include Dame Zandra Rhodes, Hollywood director Gareth Edwards and Turner Prize nominee Tracey Emin.