The results of the 2014 university league table have been released and regional universities are the main success story, having rocketed up the table at great speed!
Universities in Yorkshire were some of the major ‘high flyers’ within the table, with Sheffield University jumping forward four places to 38th and Sheffield Hallam flying up an almighty nine places in the table, up to 72nd from 83rd.
The story on the other side of the hill is equally as positive, particularly y in Manchester and Liverpool, where Manchester University shot up ten places to 31st, Manchester Metropolitan University jumped 15 places to 93rd and Liverpool John Moores climbed nearly a massive 30 places from 98th to 69th.
Other notable movers included Glaswegian University, St Andrews, who were voted top of the Scottish university table and fourth in the UK rankings. Nottingham Trent also rose seven places up to 73rd and Plymouth University jumped two places from 61st to 59th.
The rankings were based on several factors, including student to staff ratios, career prospects and expenditure per student and were influenced by final year undergraduates who provided feedback on their universities via the National Student Survey.
Manchester Metropolitan University and Plymouth University came out top of the class in a recent study where they were named as the ‘greenest’ universities in the UK.
The regional universities held the top two places in The People & Planet Green League, which ranks 143 universities on their environmental performance.
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) came first in the league table, as a result of their £75m Business School and Student Hub which incorporates rainwater recycling and a borehole heating system, in addition to their All Saints Campus which unites both green roofs and solar panels with student living.
Plymouth University managed to retain their second place standing from last year’s table because of their Centre for Sustainable Futures, which not only embeds aspects of sustainability across the Plymouth campus, but also helps institutions across the country to perform similarly. The university’s green policies covering travel, recycling and waste, as well as energy and water management also enabled them to achieve their high position on the ‘green’ table.
The 143 universities ranked in the table were judged on a number of factors, including environmental policy, carbon management, waste recycling, transport emissions and water consumption.