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ECS in UK's top four in The Guardian University Guide

Published: 12 May 2009

ECS comes in the top four in the UK for all its subject disciplines in The Guardian University Guide, published today (Tuesday 12 May).

The Guardian University Guide is particularly aimed at first-time students and concentrates heavily on teaching quality rankings and student satisfaction rather than research ratings.* Other elements used in constructing The Guardian rankings are employment prospects, spending per student and staff-student ratio – all aspects of student life which affect the quality of the student experience.

The School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton comes third for Electronic and Electrical Engineering, after Glasgow and Edinburgh, and fourth in the UK for Computer Science and IT (after Oxford, St Andrews, and Cambridge). ECS scores well across the board, but receives particularly high ratings for job prospects, underlining the strength of its degree programmes and their appeal to graduate recruiters.

Dr Andrew Gravell, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School, commented: ‘These rankings confirm our long-standing position as the premier School in the country offering, as we do, degrees in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Engineering, Information Technology and Software Engineering.

‘The factors leading to this success are, I believe, are our hardworking, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and students, our leading-edge courses, and our excellent educational facilities. Our graduates are sought after by companies across a range of relevant engineering and technology sectors, and we are proud of their achievements not only in securing employment but also the contributions they make throughout their careers.’

The next University Open Day on 3 July provides the opportunity to see the School’s labs and teaching facilities, and to hear presentations on all our degree programmes, as well as to meet staff and students. Bookings are now open for the Open Day. There will also be further opportunities to visit the School during the September Open Days (4 and 5 September).

Find out more about student life in the School by reading our student blogs, and watching our video podcasts. All these are available on our Undergraduate Admissions web site, as well as full course listings and module information for all our courses.

*Find out more about ECS research rankings in the Research Assessment Exercise.

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