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lowest res student centreBournemouth University (BU) has jumped 11 places in The Complete University Guide league table, to a high of 54th nationally.

The league table, published annually, uses measures such as staff-to-student ratios, facilities spending and graduate prospects to come up with the final league positions.

BU’s rise to 54th in the league tables, up from 65th the year before, reflects the university’s ambition to become a top 50 university by 2018.

Professor John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor of Bournemouth University, said, ““I am absolutely delighted that Bournemouth University has rocketed 11 places in this year’s Complete University Guide rankings to 54th in the UK.

“It is an excellent reflection of the hard work and commitment of the whole of the BU community and of our continued investment in academic and professional talent. Over the past year we have also been busy transforming our two campuses to ensure that we have world-class facilities as we pursue our ambition of becoming a top 50 university.”

As well as climbing the national table, Bournemouth University also rose in the South West rankings, becoming the 4th best university in the South West based on final league table position, behind Exeter (11th), Bath (12th) and Bristol (15th) respectively.

BU was among 11 universities to climb by ten places or more in the Complete University Guide table.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of, said, “UK students seem to be getting a better deal for their higher tuition fees in almost every area. It remains to be seen how far this trend can continue but in the short term at least, students are benefitting from spending on facilities that affect them directly.

“There is significant evidence that universities’ efforts to develop employability skills have had a knock-on effect on graduate prospects.”

The league table, full methodology and other information are available at

Originally published on BU News.

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