The city’s two universities both scored low in terms of student satisfaction in the annual Guide to Good Universities.
One is in the top ten nationwide.
In the overall national ranking, the University of Sussex fell from 47 to 50, while the University of Brighton rose 18 places from 116 to 98 in the Good University Guide published by The Times and Sunday Times this year.
But many students at both universities are not satisfied with their experiences.
Sussex recorded 69.6 per cent student experience in 2022 – although this was almost two per cent up on the previous year’s figure of 67.7 per cent.
Brighton is in the bottom ten nationally for student experience at 64.8 per cent and still has work to do to improve this.
Sussex University is ranked 92nd for student experience, while Brighton University is ranked 125th out of 135 universities.
Zoe Thomas, lead author of The Good University Guide, said: “The University of Sussex’s overall ranking is a disgrace as it scores really well on most academic measures.
“It really should do better, but what’s dragging it down is the low student satisfaction rates. It ranks really low for that.
“The University of Sussex has historically been one of the top 20 universities. If student satisfaction improves, we should see it increase.
“The completion rate is one of the best qualities. Last year it was our College of the Year for Student Retention.”
Brighton University was commended for its new Moulsecoomb campus on Lewes Road, as well as for the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, which it runs in partnership with Sussex University.
Brighton has also been in the top 60 for graduate results for the last two years.
Zoe said: “The University of Brighton had a pretty bad year last year and is back to where it was before.
“Brighton improved the quality of instruction in the Student Satisfaction Survey. However, they are in the top ten nationally for Student Experience, which is a surprise given how wonderful Brighton is as a city.
“Students weren’t happy with their broader experience, that may be related to the pandemic and could improve.”
The academic ranking consists of eight indicators, including student satisfaction with the quality of teaching and their overall academic experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entry qualifications of incoming students, academic outcomes achieved, student-to-staff ratio, and graduation rates.
A Sussex University spokeswoman said: “We have invested to improve our student experience, including the opening of a new £28million student center where students can find information, advice and guidance on financial, housing and social issues can be used as an additional quiet study room.
“Improving our student experience is our top priority and we are confident that we have the right plans in place to ensure students in Sussex have the most enriching university experience possible.”
A University of Brighton spokesperson said: “We are delighted that the dedication and hard work of our staff and students is reflected in these latest results.
“The improvements we’ve seen in a number of areas show that the plans we have are working, but we can still do more.
“As in previous years, we will use these findings and share best practices to drive further improvements across the university and ensure our students have the best possible experience.”
The full Good University Guide 2023 is available on The Times website.
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