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BNU climbs to record high 11th in 2022 Whatuni rankings

Buckinghamshire New University has climbed 43 places to rank 11th in Whatuni’s 2022 University of the Year, its best performance since the student comparison site launched.

After BNU finished runners-up for ‘Lecturers and Teaching Quality’ at May’s Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUCSAs) 2022, Whatuni has now published the full rankings for all ten award categories, in which we also ranked in the top ten for Student Support (5th), International (7th), Students’ Union (9th), and Career Prospects (10th). We were shortlisted for awards at the WUCSAs in all five categories we achieved a top-ten ranking.

The University rose in seven of the nine categories it placed in for 2022, with Postgraduate entering at 15th for the first time, and Students’ Union retaining ninth place.

Professor Nick Braisby, BNU Vice-Chancellor, said: “We’re delighted that direct feedback from our students has seen BNU achieve its best ever performance in the Whatuni rankings after significant rises in most categories. We’re proud to be a top-ten university for our teaching quality, student support, student career prospects, and for the way we support our international students. It’s also great to see Bucks Students’ Union recognised for its activities that we are very proud to support through our important partnership.

“We always encourage our students to share their feedback with us about what is going well, and where we can do better, to ensure that we provide the best possible student experience.”

The Whatuni Student Choice Awards, hosted by IDP Connect, is an annual event celebrating the hard work of higher education providers across the United Kingdom.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive, IDP Connect, commented: “Being shortlisted for one of our Whatuni Student Choice Awards is exceptional. To be recognised so highly by your students is the pinnacle of excellence. Institutions should be proud of making it to this stage in the process and should celebrate the experience they’ve delivered for their students over the past 12 months.” 

Students give their university an overall rating of one to five, which Whatuni averages to create overall ratings for each university across ten categories of student experiences. Existing students write reviews of their university experiences to help future students find the right university, and to help universities continually improve. You can read reviews about BNU here.