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Riding high in Guardian rankings

7 June 2018

Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning climbs into the top 10 in the 2019 Guardian University subject league tables.

The School achieved ninth place, with a score of 88.1 out of 100, in the Geography and Environmental Studies subject area, related to its BSc Geography (Human) and BSc Geography (Human) and Planning programmes.

Head of School, Professor Paul Milbourne, welcomed the news:

“Not only are we ninth in the UK but we are the best in Wales for Geography. This result is a testament to the innovative curriculum we offer at undergraduate level, how we respond to student feedback when designing our programmes, and the dedication of our staff.”

Professor Paul Milbourne Professor of Human Geography

He added: “While overall student satisfaction is high, we aren’t complacent. We will continue to develop our offering – including international study and professional placement opportunities - to enhance the student experience here in Cardiff and further build our dynamic and diverse community.”

The Guardian subject league tables use nine different criteria to produce a score out of a 100 including:

  • student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback (via National Student Survey);
  • student to staff ratio;
  • spend per student;
  • and, career prospects.

Record of excellence

The School of Geography and Planning has a long and consistent record of student satisfaction and high employability. The 2017 National Student Survey showed overall satisfaction levels of 94%, while the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2015-16) showed that 91% of graduates were in employment or further study six months after graduating.

The School’s undergraduate programmes are recognised for excellence and are all endorsed by the UK’s leading learned societies or professional associations - BSc Geography (Human) is officially recognised by the Royal Geographical Society as an example of good practice in geography learning and teaching; BSc Geography (Human) and Planning is recognised by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI); and the BSc Urban Planning and Development recognised by the RTPI and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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