BOURNEMOUTH’S two universities have both welcomed their rankings in a national league table.

The Complete University Guide rated Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) at number 58, with a total score of 63 per cent.

Although it slipped 10 places in the table, the university’s student satisfaction score of 84 per cent was the fourth highest in the UK.

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Principal and vice-chancellor Professor Paul Gough said: “We’re very pleased to feature in this year’s Complete University Guide 2022, having remained in the top five universities in the South West, and improved our standing in terms of student satisfaction, where we are now positioned fourth of all 130 UK higher education institutions.

“As a creative-sector specialist, AUB is committed to offering a bespoke arts education with excellent graduate employment and career outcomes.

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“In recent years, we’ve been able to demonstrate our community’s outstanding contributions through exciting new creative sector collaborations, our engagement with industry, and our research projects; and we continue to launch ground-breaking new projects like our new Innovation Studio to encourage, enthuse and inspire the creative minds of tomorrow.”

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AUB scored 69 per cent for entry standards, 58 per cent for research quality and 57 per cent for graduate prospects.

Bournemouth University (BU) rose 18 places in the table to number 68, with an overall score of 60 per cent.

BU scored 80 per cent for student satisfaction, 53 per cent for entry standards, 68 per cent for research quality and 78 per cent for graduate prospects.

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Vice-chancellor Professor John Vinney said: “I am proud of our BU community, and this rise is a recognition for all their hard work and dedication, especially through what has been an unprecedented last year.

“My thanks go to all staff for their work, as well as to our wonderful students, and members of the BU community for working together to inspire learning, advance knowledge and enrich society.”

The guide saw Oxford overtake Cambridge as the UK’s top university for the first time in a decade.

Simon Emmett, chief executive of IDP Connect, owner of the Complete University Guide (CUG), said: “Many of this year’s students are expecting higher grades from teacher-led assessments and therefore have higher ambitions for their higher education choices. More prospective students are keeping their options open and leaving their university decision-making to much later compared to other years.

“The 2022 CUG league tables will serve as a valuable guide to even more actively researching students this year. My hope is that these rankings will help them make the right decisions as they consider their higher education options.”