STUDENT LIFE / JAN. 16, 2015
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Top 10 UK Universities for Chemistry 2015

Finding the right college for your specific field of study is important; especially since you want to excel in your studies and pave the way to a successful career. TheGuardian.com recently published their listing of the top 51 UK universities for chemistry for 2015. This article will discuss the top 10 UK universities from that listing. TheGuardian.com utilized the following data measuring factors to rate the universities. Each of these factors will be addressed as the top 10 universities are listed.

  • Guardian Score (out of 100): Rating is based upon all factors combined.
  • Satisfaction with course: Based on the National Student Survey (NSS) the percentage of final-year students and their satisfaction level with overall quality.
  • Satisfaction with teaching: Again based on the NSS, this score is related to the percentage of final-year students and their satisfaction with the teaching quality.
  • Satisfaction with feedback: This score is based on the NSS and the rate of satisfaction of the final-year students and their assessment of lecturers.
  • Student to staff ratio: This ratio pertains to the number of students per each member of the teaching staff.
  • Spend per student/10: This amount relates to the money that is spent on each student and the rating is out of 10.
  • Average entry tariff: The entry tariff is the typical UCAS score of the students who are studying in that department.
  • Value Added Score/10: The score is based on a rating out of 10. It compares the degree results of individual students with their qualifications for entry. This shows the effectiveness of the teaching.
  • Career after 6 months: This score takes into account the percentage of graduates who have obtained graduate-level jobs or are pursuing further study within six months of their graduation.

Top 10 UK Universities for Chemistry

For more information on each of the universities listed below, you can visit the University Guide published by TheGuardian.com.

1. Heriot-Watt University

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The Heriot-Watt University has a campus in Edinburgh and one in Dubai.

  • The Guardian score is 100.
  • Students were 100% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 96.5%.
  • The feedback score was 92.2% and the student to staff ratio is 12.2.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 10.
  • The average entry tariff is 434.
  • The value added score was a 9, and 77% of students found a career after graduation.

2. Oxford University

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Oxford has a long and prestigious 900-year history. They have many traditions which began in the 17century.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 96.8.
  • Students were 91% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 89.6%.
  • The feedback score was 70.3%, and the student to staff ratio is 15.7.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 10.
  • The average entry tariff is 618.
  • The value added score was a 9, and 79% of students found a career after graduation.

3. University of St Andrews

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St. Andrews is the oldest university located in Scotland, as well as the third oldest in the entire English-speaking world. Oxford and Cambridge are the first and second oldest.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 92.
  • Students were 94% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 95%.
  • The feedback score was 81.1%, and the student to staff ratio is 10.5.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 8.
  • The average entry tariff is 505.
  • The value added score was a 5, and 83% of students found a career after graduation.

4. Durham

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Durham is one of the UK’s top universities. It is a collegiate university where student life has a honed focus and cultivated community.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 90.7.
  • Students were 93.1% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 92.3%.
  • The feedback score was 78.2%, and the student to staff ratio is 14.2.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 6.
  • The average entry tariff is 572.
  • The value added score was a 7, and 86% of students found a career after graduation.

5. Imperial College

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Imperial College has a reputation as being one of the best academic institutions globally.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 90.6.
  • Students were 86% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 89.5%.
  • The feedback score was 66.3%, and the student to staff ratio is 14.6.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 9.
  • The average entry tariff is 549.
  • The value added score was a 9, and 86% of students found a career after graduation.

6. University of Sussex

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The University of Sussex was founded 50 years ago. It is the only UK university surrounded by a national park.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 90.1.
  • Students were 97% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 96.3%.
  • The feedback score was 70.7%, and the student to staff ratio is 14.1.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 8.
  • The average entry tariff is 403.
  • The value added score was a 9. and 85% of students found a career after graduation.

7. Manchester

Manchester is a large university with over 30,000 undergraduates and a staff of 10,000. It is the largest UK university besides the Open University.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 89.4.
  • Students were 96% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 94.5%.
  • The feedback score was 87.2%, and the student to staff ratio is 13.7.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 9.
  • The average entry tariff is 430.
  • The value added score was a 6, and 77% of students found a career after graduation. 

8. University of Liverpool

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The University of Liverpool is considered the redbrick university, a term that was coined to describe the various local red-bricked Victorian architecture.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 89.2.
  • Students were 92% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 89.4%.
  • The feedback score was 71.7%, and the student to staff ratio is 9.4.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 10.
  • The average entry tariff is 401.
  • The value added score was 8, and 77% of students found a career after graduation. 

9. University of York

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The University of York was established in 1963 and was part of an initiative to open several new British universities during that time period. Its collegiate system is similar to that of Oxbridge.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 87.6.
  • Students were 96% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 92.3%.
  • The feedback score was 75.2%, and the student to staff ratio is 13.7.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 6.
  • The average entry tariff is 479.
  • The value added score was 7, and 87% of students found a career after graduation.

10. University of Warwick

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The University of Warwick is not actually located in Warwick, but rather several miles outside of Coventry, and on the border of Warwickshire. It has consistently been rated as one of the best universities in the country.

  • The Guardian score for the university is 86.9.
  • Students were 91% satisfied with the course.
  • Satisfaction with teaching was 90.7%.
  • The feedback score was 81.9%, and the student to staff ratio is 13.8.
  • The spend-per-student factor is 9.
  • The average entry tariff is 456.
  • The value added score was 2, and 85% of students found a career after graduation.

Obtaining a degree in chemistry can afford you a wide variety of employment opportunities and a solid foundation for your professional career.

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