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Durham tops university quality of life survey
12:10am Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
DURHAM University has topped a student quality of life survey by scoring highly for academic excellence as well as its social life.
Loughborough, Cambridge, Newcastle and Oxford rounded out the top five rankings, according to research by Lloyds Bank which used a range of sources to look at how universities scored against factors such as accommodation costs, sports facilities, students' earnings potential and crime rates.
Nine out of 10 students at Durham were happy with their course according to the research, scoring more highly than the average of 85 per cent across the study.
Durham was also found to hold some of the ''best sporting facilities'' among British universities, while Durham students also rated their social lives as among the best in Britain.
Crime rates in Durham were the lowest in the survey, with a rate of 0.88 incidents per 1,000 residents.
Meanwhile, students living in Newcastle and Sheffield were found to be the happiest with their social lives.
Students at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle were found to have the cheapest institution-owned or sponsored accommodation, followed by the universities of Swansea and Teesside.
Meanwhile, the highest full-time salaries were found to be earned by graduates of the London School of Economics (LSE), where graduates reported an average salary of £27,388 after six months in employment.
Nitesh Patel, an economist at Lloyds Bank, said: ''Durham students are satisfied with the quality of their course, which appears to provide them with excellent employment prospects, but they also rate their social life highly and live in a low crime environment.''
He added ''provincial cities in the North'' tended to rate particularly highly in terms of ''a good social life''.
University rankings according to quality of life survey:
- 1. University of Durham
- 2. Loughborough University
- 3. University of Cambridge
- 4. University of Newcastle
- 5. University of Oxford
- 6. University of Bath
- 7. University of Nottingham
- 8. University of Manchester
- 9. University of Sheffield
- 10. Swansea University
- 11. University of Northumbria
- 12. University of Leeds
- 13. University of Birmingham
- 14. University of Exeter
- 15. University of Warwick
- 16. University of Bristol
- 17. Keele University
- 18. University of East Anglia
- 19. Lancaster University
- 20. University of Southampton
- 21. Cardiff Metropolitan University
- 22. University of Reading
- 23. University of Liverpool
- 24. Sheffield Hallam University
- 25. University of York
- 26. University of Chester
- 27. Leeds Metropolitan University
- 28. University of Kent
- 29. York St John University
- 30. University of Edinburgh
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