Goldsmiths jumps 22 places in university league table despite financial shortfall

Goldsmiths University has risen to its highest place for five years in the Complete University Guide (CUG), following a jump of 22 places in the ranking. 

The climb is the joint-highest this year, and takes the New Cross-based university to 52 out of 130 in the analysis. 

It also sees Goldsmiths make the top 10 universities in London, with a rise to number seven in the capital.   

Professor Frances Corner, warden of Goldsmiths, said: “This is very welcome recognition of our achievements and as a place where our students can further their ambitions.

“It’s also very important that the employment prospects of our students are creditably high with those who study STEM subjects, and that studying creative arts, social sciences or humanities is a bridge rather than a barrier to success. 

Richard Hoggart Building in Goldsmiths (Picture: Goldsmiths University)

“I would like to thank all of our students for their hard work over the last year and pay tribute to all staff at Goldsmiths who do so much to support these studies.” 

The CUG considers entry standards, staff and student ratios and continuation rates of the rated universities.

Student satisfaction at Goldsmiths has increased along with a positive improvement in employment. 

The CUG data also showed that studying an arts and design degree in London had “a great impact” on employment opportunities. The research cites that a Goldsmiths Music graduate’s prospects for progression “fly high at 82.8 per cent”. 

Art and Design programmes maintained their strong position, remaining among the top 10 of subjects at eight out of 84 institutions. 

The glowing report comes after Goldmisths announced a “transformation plan” to save £20million due to a financial shortfall from falling student numbers, on April 29.

Pictured top: Professor Frances Corner OBE, warden of Goldsmiths (Picture: Goldsmiths University)

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