Bournemouth University has jumped 20 places in the Times and Sunday Times annual Good University Guide, published this weekend.

The university ranks 6th in the south-west and 62nd nationally. 

Exeter, Bath, Bristol, Falmouth and the UWE were the top five in the South West. 

Bournemouth University has risen 20 places in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table.

The researchers for the guide highlighted graduates employment prospects and the percentage of research judged as 'world leading'.

The guide says: "Designated as England’s only centre for excellence in media practice, the university hosts the National Centre of Computer Animation.

"Such is the university’s strength in media subjects that 60 animation graduates worked on special effects for the Oscar-winning film Gravity; another won a Bafta for special effects on Star Wars: the Force Awakens; while Mark Ardington collected a 2016 Oscar for visual effects in person as part of a team for their work on the film Ex Machina.

"There have also been successes in other areas, however. The university’s decision to invest £1m a year on academic appointments and the fusion of teaching and research paid off in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, when 60% of the university’s entry was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

"All honours degree students have the opportunity to do work experience as part of their courses. In 2013, almost 90% of undergraduates took up the offer, the highest proportion in the UK.

"The policy has improved graduates’ employment prospects, one of the strongest areas for Bournemouth in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide league table."