Strathclyde climbs 36 places to 15th in UK in The Guardian University Guide 2021 rankings

The University of Strathclyde has climbed 36 places in The Guardian’s University Guide 2021 – to 15 in the UK.

The rise from 51 in last year’s ranking to 15 comes after Strathclyde was named UK University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards 2019, the Sunday Times’ Scottish University of the Year 2020 and awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2019.


The Guardian’s league table considers factors such as student satisfaction with courses, teaching and feedback; student to staff ratio, average entry tariff, career prospects and continuation rates.

In the table Strathclyde has seen increases in 21 out of 27 subject rankings, and was ranked:

First for Journalism, publishing and public relations;
Joint-first for Social Policy & Administration;
Fourth for Economics and Accounting and Finance;
Fifth for English and Creative Writing;
Sixth for Mechanical Engineering;
Seventh for Architecture;
Eighth for Social Work;
Tenth for Business, management and marketing;
Tenth for Electronic and Electrical Engineering
The University scored 86.3% for course satisfaction and 86% for satisfaction with teaching and for career prospects after 15 months.


Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “I am delighted to see Strathclyde’s significant rise in The Guardian’s university league tables. This is welcome recognition of the strong performance across all parts our university over recent years.

“As a socially-progressive institution and a leading international technological university we place great importance on the quality of our research-informed teaching and student experience.

“We are also committed to widening access to university education, and are on track to meet the Scottish Government’s target of 20% of new university entrants coming from the 20% most-deprived areas, 10 years ahead of the target of 2030.

“We’re achieving this while having some of the highest entry-tariffs in the UK which goes to show that Widening Access to Higher Education in no way requires lowering standards.

“In addition, our strong links with business and industry means our students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are valued by employers, ensuring our graduates’ job prospects are strong. My sincere thanks go to all of our staff that continue to deliver outstanding outcomes and support our students to have a terrific student experience while benefitting from a great education.”