ONCE again the English department at Buckingham has been ranked in the top ten departments in the UK.
Of the 100 English departments at universities across the country, Buckingham is ranked in 7th place, ahead of departments like Queen Mary (9th), Exeter (10th), Bristol (13th), and York (20th).
Teaching quality lies at the heart of Buckingham’s success, though the league table compiled by The Guardian newspaper takes into account a range of indices. These include a ‘value-added’ score, the staff/ student ratio, and students’ feedback.
The dean of arts and languages, Julian Lovelock, offered his congratulations to all who have made the result possible, including the students, whose progress across their degrees is an element in how the rankings are calculated.
Needless to say UCL, Oxford, and Cambridge are in the top three spots, but departments like Warwick, St Andrews, and Buckingham, are now snapping at their heels.
“We want this success to be as widely recognized as possible”, said the dean, “and very much hope that both staff and students will keep up the good work.
“We are now recognized as one of the best departments in the country, but we want to stay working at this high level. Our developing research profile, with the Dickens Online Project, will ensure that further.”
For the full table of all 100 departments, see The Guardian University Guide at www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide. The guide will also be available shortly in bookshops.
Top 10 departments (score out of 100): UCL, 100; Cambridge, 97.6; Oxford, 95.3; Durham, 90.2; St Andrews, 87.6; Warwick, 87.6; Buckingham, 84.7; Sussex, 83.7; Queen Mary, 80; Exeter, 78.6.