Big rise in university ranking

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

Richard Hoggart Building on Goldsmiths main campus

The climb is the joint-highest this year and takes the College to 52 out of 130 in the analysis. It also sees us make the top 10 universities in London with a rise to number seven in the capital.   

The data also reveals that creative and arts degrees are not a barrier to employment compared to STEM degrees as previously believed. 

The CUG relies on independent measures covering entry standards, staff/student ratios and continuation rates as a tool for prospective students to decide which university is right for them. 

 Student satisfaction at Goldsmiths has increased compared to that of other universities, the Guide reveals, along with a positive improvement in employment. The CUG research shows 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%". 

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

The majority of Goldsmiths’ courses also improved their ranking from last year with Business and Management, Dance, Drama and Music making considerable upward progress.  

This is very welcome recognition of our achievements and as a place where our students can further their ambitions.

Professor Frances Corner, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London

“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. 

“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.”