The University of Southampton

ECS success in Times Good University Guide

Published: 3 June 2009

The School has achieved further excellent rankings in university league tables, with the publication today (3 June) of The Times University Guide.

ECS comes second in the UK for Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and fourth in the UK for Computer Science and IT, mirroring the rankings achieved last month in The Guardian University Guide. While The Guardian Guide is particularly aimed at first-time students and concentrates heavily on teaching quality rankings and student satisfaction rather than research ratings,* The Times Guide takes a broader view and looks also at the overall strengths of departments and their research rankings.

While the School warns against an over-reliance on league tables results, Dr Andy Gravell, Director of Undergraduate Studies in ECS, said that it was pleasing to see the School's very positive strengths endorsed by the league tables. 'These results are particularly encouraging for our students just about to graduate,' he said. 'They can see how highly their degrees are regarded, which is also very much endorsed by the number of companies who approach us looking for graduate recruits.'

Dr Gravell also looked forward to the University Open Day on 3 July when ECS will be providing a full range of tours, talks, and demonstrations for prospective students. 'The factors leading to our success are, I believe, our hardworking, knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff and students, our leading-edge courses, and our excellent educational facilities,' he said. 'We look forward to welcoming visitors at the Open Day, and have full programmes planned for our degrees in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electromechanical Systems, Information Technology and Software Engineering.'

The University is holding three Open Days this year: Friday 3 July, Friday 4 September and Saturday 5 September. To book a place on the ECS programme, visit the University's Open Day web site.

The University of Southampton is ranked 15th equal in this year's Times Guide; see the Times Guide's description of the University.

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

For further information, contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0) 23 8059 5453.

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