University recognised for subject excellence

25 subjects have been ranked in the top 20 of the league table.

Antonia Velikova
3rd May 2016

Newcastle University has scored top marks in this year’s Complete University Guide, ranking top 10 in the UK for 20 subjects.

Newcastle has climbed up one position in the overall institutions league table, still staying in the top 30 institutions in the country.

25 subjects have been ranked in the top 20 of the league table.

The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The league tables are compiled by Mayfield University Consultants.

Dr. Gareth Longstaff, the undergraduate degree programme director for the department of Media, Culture, Heritage, said in an email to students: “It is due to some of last year’s student responses that your degree is now ranked top / with a 100% rating on The Complete University Guide – it really is due to your effort, integrity and innovative ideas as well as the staff’s passion, commitment and belief in the programme that this can all happen.”

The Media, Culture, Heritage department came first in the Communication and Media Studies category, scoring an impressive 100-point score.

Dr. Longstaff talked to The Courier about the department’s success: “The overall delight and excitement that we felt yesterday when this information came through is in no small part thanks to the students, particularly through their response to the NSS.

“But it’s also thanks to the huge passion which is transferred between staff and students and commitment to innovation – this whole process of trying to install and make media, communication and cultural studies an integral part, not just of Newcastle University, but more so of academic life within the 21st century.”

The media department has been pronounced best in the country before, by The Guardian’s league table in 2014/2015.

“It’s important to know that on The Complete University Guide website you can actually see, quite visibly, how we’ve ascended over seven years, from 25th in 2010 to first in 2016/2017,” Dr. Longstaff explained. “It’s something, through research-led teaching but also through the innovative and committed identity of both staff and students, that we should be very proud of.”

Other subjects, distinguished in the league table, include Agriculture and Forests, Classics and Ancient History, Dentistry, Medicine, Marketing and Sports Science.

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