Student Experience Survey 2017: best UK universities for industry connections

The best universities in the UK for connections to industry, as perceived by current students, have been revealed

March 23 2017

View the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

Many students heading off to university want to be sure that their institution has good connections with industry. Opportunities to secure work placements, and to learn from the expertise of practising professionals in the “real world”, can be invaluable additions to the academic side of a student’s time in higher education.

As part of the 2017 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, more than 15,000 students were asked the extent to which they agreed that their university had good industry connections. 

The table below shows who came out on top according to this particular question.

Rank University name Industry Connections Composite
1 Harper Adams University 93.3
2 University of Bath 89.9
3 Loughborough University 89.5
4 London School of Economics and Political Science 88.7
5 Imperial College London 88.3
6 University of Surrey 86.4
7 Heriot-Watt University 84.2
8 Aston University 83.5
9 University of Cambridge 83.4
10 Robert Gordon University 83.3
11 Royal Veterinary College 83.1
12 Queen's University Belfast 82.2
13 Falmouth University 82.0
14 Norwich University of the Arts 81.3
15 University of Leeds 81.3
16 University of Oxford 81.1
17 Bournemouth University 80.5
18 University of Manchester 80.4
19 University of Warwick 80.2
20 Arts University Bournemouth 80.1
21 St George's, University of London 80.1
22 Coventry University 80.0
23 University of Strathclyde 79.8
24 Brunel University London 79.6
25 University of Birmingham 79.0
26 University of Nottingham 79.0
27 University of Salford 78.9
28 University of Reading 78.7
29 University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) 78.5
30 Edge Hill University 78.5
31 University of the Arts London 78.3
32 University of Portsmouth 78.1
33 Nottingham Trent University 78.1
34 De Montfort University 77.9
35 Teesside University 77.9
36 Edinburgh Napier University 77.8
37 Ulster University 77.5
38 Northumbria University 77.4
39 Bucks New University 77.3
40 University of Derby 77.2
41 Sheffield Hallam University 77.2
42 University of Gloucestershire 77.1
43 University of Huddersfield 77.0
44 Abertay University 76.9
45 Newcastle University 76.8
46 University of Southampton 76.8
47 University of Sheffield 76.2
48 University for the Creative Arts 76.1
49 Liverpool John Moores University 76.1
50 Manchester Metropolitan University 76.0
51 Lancaster University 76.0
52 Cardiff Metropolitan University 75.8
53 Cardiff University 75.4
54 University of Glasgow 75.4
55 Swansea University 75.3
55 University of Bristol 75.3
57 University College London 75.1
58 University of Exeter 75.0
58 Southampton Solent University 75.0
60 University of St Andrews 74.8
61 Glasgow Caledonian University 74.6
62 University of Dundee 74.4
63 University of Stirling 74.3
64 University of Greenwich 74.3
65 University of Chester 74.2
66 City, University of London 74.2
67 Durham University 74.0
68 King's College London 74.0
69 University of Aberdeen 73.9
70 Staffordshire University 73.3
71 Leeds Beckett University 73.2
72 University of East Anglia (UEA) 73.2
73 Liverpool Hope University 73.1
74 Oxford Brookes University 73.0
75 Queen Mary University of London 73.0
76 Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh 72.9
77 University of Edinburgh 72.9
78 Newman  University 72.7
79 University of Liverpool 72.6
80 Birmingham City University 72.4
81 University of Lincoln 72.3
82 University of Central Lancashire 72.0
83 Bangor University 72.0
84 University of Cumbria 72.0
85 University of York 72.0
86 London South Bank University 72.0
87 University of Bradford 71.8
88 University of Hertfordshire 71.5
89 York St John University 71.2
90 Keele University 71.1
91 University of Leicester 70.8
92 Anglia Ruskin University 70.8
93 University of Wolverhampton 70.7
94 University of Worcester 70.5
95 University of West London 70.3
96 Kingston University 70.0
97 Goldsmiths, University of London 70.0
97 University of the West of Scotland 70.0
99 Plymouth University 69.9
100 University of East London 69.9
101 University of Bedfordshire 69.7
102 University of Winchester 69.3
103 University of Hull 69.2
104 Royal Holloway, University of London 68.8
105 University Campus Suffolk 68.8
106 University of Essex 68.7
107 University of Westminster 68.4
108 University of Sussex 68.4
109 University of South Wales 68.4
110 University of Kent 68.3
111 Middlesex University 68.2
111 University of Sunderland 68.2
113 Aberystwyth University 68.1
114 Bath Spa University 67.3
115 University of Brighton 67.3
116 University of Wales Trinity Saint David 67.1
117 University of Roehampton 67.1
118 Canterbury Christ Church University 66.5
119 University of Northampton 66.5
120 Soas, University of London 66.4
121 Open University 63.6
122 London Metropolitan University 61.8

Access the overall results of the 2017 Student Experience Survey

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