Coventry ranked top modern university in new Times and Sunday Times league table

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Friday 20 September 2013

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Coventry University received a further boost in the national rankings today with the news that it has been rated the ‘Modern University of the Year’ by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

The University has leapfrogged into 45th place in the overall rankings – up ten places from its position in the current guide and the highest listing ever for a modern university in the history of these guides - to seal its place as the country’s top modern university.

Coventry, which was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ in 2011 by The Times, also made the final shortlist for the title of ‘University of the Year’ in the 2014 guide. 

The University’s enhanced standing in The Times and Sunday Times guide follows on from its improvement in the Guardian newspaper’s university guide for 2014, which saw Coventry climb 13 places to 33rd spot overall – its highest ever position in that publication.

The Times and Sunday Times guide identifies high student satisfaction levels in recent years as a significant factor in the University’s rise, alongside its innovative approach to delivering affordable, alternative routes into higher education through its subsidiary, Coventry University College and the success of Coventry’s London Campus.

Consistently high employment rates in graduate level jobs combined with strong ratings in teaching quality, academic support, and personal development also contribute to the upward movement in the rankings in 2014.

Professor Madeleine Atkins, vice-chancellor of Coventry University, said:

The Times and Sunday Times league table marks yet another significant improvement in our performance in the national rankings and we’re delighted that our continued efforts have been recognised in this latest guide with the award of ‘Modern University of the Year.’

This latest improvement is a reflection of the hard work of our staff in ensuring that we not only meet, but exceed, our students’ expectations.

We do all that we can to ensure our students leave us with good degrees and are thoroughly well prepared for the graduate-level workplace. Excellent teaching, strong levels of support and feedback from tutors, and an array of internships and international placements remain at the forefront of what we offer.

The fact that so many of our students go on to excellent graduate-level jobs at a range of high-profile and desirable destinations is testimony to our forward-thinking focus on employability.

The newly published handbook sees The Times and The Sunday Times join forces for the first time to release a combined guide to higher education institutions in the UK.

The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 will be published on Sunday 22 September 2013 in The Sunday Times and follow-up supplements will appear in The Times every day of the following week.

For further information, please contact Mark Farnan, communications assistant, Coventry University, on +44 (0)24 7765 8245 or email