Students vote for Britain’s worst universities

AFS Team·27 April 2012·3 min read
Students vote for Britain’s worst universities
While Dundee University celebrates topping a student poll as the most popular university in the UK, we take a look at the other end of the table. The student experience survey is carried out every year by the Times Higher Education Supplement, and grades teaching, facilities, the university community and social life among other factors. Dundee scored 85, knocking last year’s winner, Loughborough, in to second place. The other end of the table scored much less favourably than the winners. Bottom - taking 105th place - was London Metropolitan University with a score of 60.7, sharing the lowest ratings for just about every lifestyle factor with the University of East London at second bottom with a score of 63.7. London supplied seven of the bottom 10 universities - with Edinburgh Napier (67.5) tenth from bottom sharing 94th place with Birmingham City and Kingston University. The University of Wolverhampton dropped three places from last year to 97th with a rating of 67, while the University of West of Scotland also slumped three places from last year to 96th (65.8). Most of the bottom placed universities were at the bottom of the league last year. The University of Westminster leapt several places from 113th last year to 98th this year. Jim Dickinson, director of policy and delivery at the National Union of Students, stressed that it was vital to deliver promises, whether that relates to courses or facilities. "People want what they are promised," he said. "If a university said it would fix the heating and, when I turn up on Saturday morning, it's not working, then I am going to be annoyed all day."