Subjects climb Guardian League Table at Newman University

04/06/2018 by Sinead Staunton

Newman University, Birmingham has seen itself climb the table in the 2019 Guardian University guide league table.

The Humanities subjects in particular have made their mark in the tables for Newman University, performing well against local competitors.

The highlights for Newman University include subjects such as Criminology (30th) in the UKs league tables and 3rd in the West Midlands, Drama (32nd), History (45th) and Theology (10th) all featuring within the top 50 universities nationally for their subject area. As well as this other areas including Education, which includes Teacher Training, Early Years and Education and Multi Professional Practice; English and Creative Writing; and Social Work courses have climbed the table by 14, 23 and 2 places respectively.

The Guardian tables provide a guide for students looking to find the university which best suits them and the results are informed by questions from the National Student Survey (NSS) which is completed by graduates of universities.

The guide looks at things such as how much students benefit from the teaching, whether students liked the university and the subject as well as questions focusing on the chance of graduates gaining a good job after their studies. As well as this, for the first year, the table includes details of the percentage of first-year students successfully transitioning into second year, giving an indication of the support available to students who may be struggling.

Newman University prides itself on the support offered to students and through initiatives such as HEADstart and HEADlight which provides students with the tools needed to make the transition from A Levels to university and also between academic years whilst at university, students’ progress well at Newman ensuring smooth transition, and support from numerous teams within Newman should any student need extra help.

The NSS results, which feed into the Guardian league table, also show that the teaching style at Newman University is something which is valued by students. Teaching takes place mostly in small sized classes rather than large lecture theatres, with lecturers encouraging the development of students through discussion and debate, encouraging a deeper understanding of the topics, as well as building confidence and life skills of individual students.

Newman University will be holding open days on Saturday 23rd June and Saturday 7th July, 10am – 3pm for those wishing to find out more about the university. The open days provide an opportunity to meet staff and students to find out about the full range of courses on offer as well as finding out what being a student at Newman University is really like.

For further information visit the open days page.