English universities with the most qualified academic staff

The University of Huddersfield tops list of institutions in England with the highest proportion of qualified academic staff, while London Business School is the worst performer

December 9 2016
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The University of Huddersfield has the highest proportion of academic staff with a known teaching qualification, out of 130 universities in England.

Of its 780 academic staff members, 90 per cent are known to have a teaching qualification. In second position is Teesside University, also in the North of England, with 84 per cent of staff with known teaching qualifications.

The data, collected between 2014 and 2015, were released by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and analysed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).

An academic staff members is counted as holding a teaching qualification if they hold a credit-bearing higher education teaching qualification, or another relevant teaching qualification, or have been recognised in other ways for their teaching expertise, according to Hesa’s definition.

Teaching qualifications are likely to factor in to the government’s teaching excellence framework assessment of UK universities, which will determine funding, tuition fee caps and student recruitment quotas.

At the bottom of the ranking is London Business School, which has no known staff members with teaching qualifications. Only 3 per cent of the academic faculty are known to be qualified teachers at both Soas, University of London and the University of Cambridge.

Hefce states that “information about teaching qualifications has been identified as important to students and is seen as an indicator of individual and institutional commitment to teaching and learning”.

Tim Thornton, the deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, said: “Everyone at Huddersfield puts the experience of our students at the heart of their work. I am delighted that these figures confirm the University of Huddersfield’s position as the sector’s leader in our commitment to high quality teaching and learning.”

Top universities in England with the most qualified academic staff

2014-2015 data from HEFCE. Read the HESA report here.

Institution

Teaching qualification held

No teaching qualification held

Not known

Total staff

University of Huddersfield

90%

8%

3%

                780

Teesside University

84%

13%

3%

                715

York St John University

83%

16%

1%

                345

University of Chester

82%

18%

0%

                680

University of St Mark and St John

79%

17%

4%

                105

Edge Hill University

79%

20%

2%

             1,265

Harper Adams University

78%

22%

0%

                150

University College Birmingham

78%

22%

0%

                300

University of Cumbria

76%

16%

9%

                435

Bishop Grosseteste University

75%

23%

2%

                  95

Plymouth College of Art

74%

26%

0%

                140

Plymouth University

73%

23%

4%

             1,175

Royal Agricultural University

73%

26%

2%

                  60

Leeds Trinity University

72%

28%

0%

                165

Anglia Ruskin University

72%

19%

9%

                850

University of Wolverhampton

71%

28%

2%

                900

Liverpool Hope University

70%

30%

0%

                295

Writtle University College

69%

31%

0%

                125

Middlesex University

69%

22%

9%

                995

Roehampton University

68%

4%

28%

                505

University of Manchester

68%

2%

30%

             2,980

Newman University

68%

31%

1%

                160

Canterbury Christ Church University

68%

27%

6%

                745

University of Derby

67%

29%

3%

             1,625

Leeds College of Art

66%

34%

0%

                170

University of Bolton

66%

22%

11%

                355

University of Worcester

66%

34%

1%

                760

London Metropolitan University

65%

23%

12%

                655

Southampton Solent University

63%

37%

0%

                850

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts

63%

31%

6%

                  70

University of Chichester

63%

32%

5%

                610

University of Bradford

62%

28%

11%

                690

Northumbria University

61%

24%

15%

             1,410

Keele University

61%

29%

11%

                805

Royal Veterinary College

60%

25%

14%

                215

Bucks New University

60%

36%

4%

                540

Aston University

60%

2%

38%

                555

University of West London

59%

39%

2%

             1,140

Durham University

59%

31%

9%

             1,335

Kingston University

59%

27%

14%

             1,070

St George’s, University of London

58%

19%

23%

                410

Bournemouth University

58%

41%

2%

                950

Nottingham Trent University

56%

0%

44%

             2,005

Liverpool John Moores University

55%

45%

0%

             1,405

Sheffield Hallam University

55%

16%

29%

             2,525

University of Gloucestershire

55%

25%

20%

                810

Leeds Beckett University

55%

22%

23%

             1,610

University of the West of England

54%

44%

2%

             1,690

University of Hertfordshire

53%

9%

38%

             2,140

University of Sunderland

53%

21%

26%

             1,015

Suffolk University

53%

31%

16%

                200

University of Surrey

53%

38%

9%

             1,290

University of Hull

52%

32%

16%

             1,060

University of Lincoln

52%

22%

26%

             1,105

University of Greenwich

51%

26%

23%

             1,360

University of Exeter

51%

12%

36%

             1,330

University of Westminster

49%

33%

18%

             1,725

University for the Creative Arts

49%

49%

2%

                395

University of Central Lancashire

49%

3%

48%

             1,505

Rose Bruford College

49%

22%

29%

                  95

University of Nottingham

49%

11%

40%

             2,380

Staffordshire University

48%

0%

52%

             1,060

The Open University

46%

21%

32%

             6,435

University of Reading

46%

32%

22%

             1,525

Royal College of Art

46%

54%

0%

                145

University of Brighton

45%

44%

11%

             1,760

University of Birmingham

45%

29%

26%

             2,800

University of Winchester

45%

20%

36%

                840

Norwich University of the Arts

44%

56%

0%

                160

Birmingham City University

44%

15%

40%

             1,790

University of Leicester

44%

52%

4%

             1,320

London South Bank University

44%

18%

38%

             1,470

Oxford Brookes University

43%

10%

47%

             1,560

University of Bedfordshire

43%

0%

57%

                740

Heythrop College, University of London

43%

54%

4%

                  85

Coventry University

42%

9%

49%

             2,800

Loughborough University

42%

15%

43%

             1,350

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

42%

36%

23%

                150

University of Essex

42%

23%

36%

             1,225

University of York

41%

30%

29%

             1,230

Falmouth University

41%

23%

36%

                255

Brunel University London

41%

24%

35%

             1,215

Birkbeck, University of London

41%

56%

4%

             1,240

King's College London

41%

35%

24%

             3,345

Newcastle University

40%

2%

58%

             1,885

University of Leeds

40%

40%

19%

             2,430

Bath Spa University

40%

13%

47%

                840

University of Portsmouth

40%

23%

38%

             2,050

De Montfort University

39%

49%

12%

             1,525

University of East Anglia

38%

40%

21%

             1,745

Royal Holloway, University of London

38%

25%

38%

             1,380

Arts University Bournemouth

37%

61%

2%

                450

University of Warwick

37%

63%

0%

             1,970

St Mary's University

37%

11%

52%

                530

University of Sheffield

37%

53%

10%

             2,035

University of East London

37%

6%

57%

             1,030

Cranfield University

36%

62%

2%

                450

University of Southampton

36%

15%

49%

             2,330

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London

36%

64%

0%

                  75

Manchester Metropolitan University

35%

25%

41%

             2,955

University of Bath

35%

41%

25%

             1,195

University of Northampton

34%

1%

65%

                940

University of Liverpool

34%

40%

26%

             2,195

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

34%

10%

56%

                485

Queen Mary University of London

33%

37%

30%

             1,715

Lancaster University

33%

58%

10%

             1,840

Ravensbourne

32%

62%

6%

                265

University of Sussex

32%

18%

50%

             1,745

University of Bristol

31%

40%

29%

             1,595

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

30%

65%

5%

                295

University of Kent

29%

71%

0%

             2,640

University of Salford

29%

34%

37%

             1,510

Royal Northern College of Music

29%

50%

21%

                345

City, University of London

26%

67%

7%

             1,805

Institute of Cancer Research

26%

41%

33%

                  65

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

24%

17%

59%

                340

University College London

23%

14%

63%

             4,050

Imperial College London

23%

38%

39%

             1,795

University of London

19%

81%

0%

                  55

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

19%

81%

0%

                600

University of Oxford

17%

25%

58%

             2,035

University of the Arts London

15%

1%

84%

             3,110

London School of Economics and Political Science

13%

0%

87%

             1,470

Courtauld Institute of Art

13%

88%

0%

                  40

Royal Academy of Music

10%

81%

9%

                295

Goldsmiths, University of London

9%

12%

79%

             1,155

Royal College of Music

6%

76%

18%

                300

University of Cambridge

3%

2%

95%

             2,045

Soas, University of London

3%

1%

97%

                955

London Business School

0%

100%

0%

                120

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