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Which is the 'worst' university in the UK?


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The Guardian’s University League Table 2014 was released yesterday. So, has your uni taken the honour of being named the most ineffectual of them all?

The Guardian has judged the country’s universities based on various criteria, including career prospects, entry tariff, student/staff ratio and various results taken from the National Student Survey.

It might not be the same criteria that you judge your university experience on. Maybe you want somewhere you can relax, have an amazing social life, not worry too much about the workload - and still come out with a degree at the end of it. Sounds good to us...  

So, the bottom ten universities in the country, according to the higher beings at the Guardian. Who wins?

Well, it’s (graduation) caps off to Bucks New University, where the ‘average teaching score’ is 30.1/100 and students have got a 48% chance of having ‘career prospects’ – whatever that means.

(All stats are taken from the Guardian, FYI. Views expressed do not represent what we at TNS actually think. We’re just reporting the news.)

Nestling just above Bucks New University in the list of 119 UK institutions is Trinity Saint David, part of the University of Wales. At number 117 is London Met, whilst last year’s winners, Bolton, are creeping up the table to number 115.

Here’s the bottom ten in full:

110. Bedfordshire

111= Leeds Trinity/Southampton Solent

113. London South Bank

114. Abertay Dundee

115=  Bolton/East London

117.  London Met

118. Trinity Saint David

119. Bucks New University

In fact, it’s almost the same bottom ten as last year – with the exception of Newport, Leeds Met and UC Suffolk, which appear to have taken a running jump and launched themselves to much higher positions in the rankings.

We’re probably not going to tell you about the other end of the scale because honestly, we already know which universities make up the top ten. Congrats on your success Oxbridge, LSE, Warwick, UCL, etc - you’ve done very well.  

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