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UCA named Modern University of the Year

UCA has been named ‘Modern University of the Year’ in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, announced today (Friday 21 September).

Rising an impressive 25 places, UCA has secured the joint highest ranking ever achieved by a modern university. At 33rd, it has also seen the biggest rise of any university in the elite top 40 and confirmed its place as the country’s top specialist arts institution.

The Modern University of the Year title was awarded to UCA for the ground-breaking work that the University is doing through its newly-established Business School for the Creative Industries, in addition to its excellent graduate employment record and levels of student satisfaction.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times University Guide 2019said: “The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has achieved a number of notable feats this year, including the joint highest rank ever achieved for a modern university, the joint highest rank for a specialist university and the biggest rise of any university in our elite top 40.

“This has been achieved by improvements in virtually all our key performance indicators, most notably with greatly increased student satisfaction, better employment prospects and an improved completion rate. UCA challenges all the conventions surrounding specialist arts institutions and is breeding a new generation of arts graduates ready to face the challenges of the modern working world. They thoroughly deserve recognition as our Modern University of the Year.” 

Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of UCA, said: “I am thrilled that UCA has been named Modern University of the Year, recognising the quality of teaching, the opportunities available to students, and the pioneering work being done to support and enhance our thriving creative industries.”

UCA gained full University status in 2008, but has a long and proud history spanning more than a century and a half of offering exceptional art and design education. It has helped launch the careers of Oscar and BAFTA winning filmmakers and animators, renowned fashion designers, Turner-prize nominated artists and award-winning architects.

While still offering traditional creative education, the University has frequently voiced the important role that creativity plays in pioneering technology and was praised by The Times for its high levels of personalised learning. 

In addition to opening its Business School for the Creative Industries, UCA has expanded its portfolio to offer courses in subject areas including Computing, Coding and Technology, and Games Arts.

“Despite the huge contributions that our world-leading creative industries make to the overall economy, the value of creative education is not always given the recognition it deserves. As the needs of the modern workplace evolve, so too does the need to equip graduates with the skills and confidence to flourish in today’s workplace,” Professor Makhoul added.

“Our broad portfolio, close relationship with industry, and drive to nurture creative passion and talent form the foundations of the education we offer, and are absolutely fundamental to creating modern graduates who are well-placed to tackle the challenges of the modern workplace. I would like to personally thank the UCA community for making us such a thriving hub of creativity and the top specialist arts institution in the UK."