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Good University Guide 2022

Strong BNU performance at institutional and subject level in Good University Guide 2022

Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) has performed strongly at institutional and subject level in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Key achievements

  • BNU ranks 10th in the UK for the amount spent on services and facilities, up 27 places on last year. 
  • In England, BNU ranks 25th for its student-staff ratio and is 36th in the UK
  • BNU ranks 39th in England for teaching quality (out of 105 institutions) and nine of its course clusters are in the top quartile for Teaching Quality:
    • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (1st); Accounting and Finance (2nd); Business, Management and Marketing (3rd); Sport Science (7th); Psychology (8th); Sociology (11th) Criminology (12th); Art and Design (13th); Computer Science (16th)
  • Five of BNU’s course clusters are in the top quartile for Student Experience in England:
    • Drama, Dance and Cinematics (1st); Accounting and Finance (3rd); Sports Science (7th); Psychology (10th); Business, Management and Marketing (14th)
  • BNU was the highest UK climber for the student experience in Art & Design with a rise of 64 places, with a further rise of 33 places for Teaching Quality.
  • In England, BNU’s Nursing courses are 20th for the Student Experience.
  • For Graduate Prospects, Sports Science increased 12 places to 10th and Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism rose four places to 6th.
  • Highest in the UK for the number of mature students in its diverse community
  • 21st lowest dropout rate for students from deprived areas. This achievement highlights BNU’s strength in supporting all students to succeed, underpinning its mission to widen participation through the transformative education it provides. 
  • BNU has the 23rd lowest black attainment gap across UK universities. 
  • In England BNU ranks 25th for its student-staff ratio and is 36th in the UK.
  • For social inclusion, BNU rose 8 places to rank 26th in England.

Subject level successes (across the UK)

For teaching quality:

  • 1st for Dance, Drama and Cinematics
  • 2ndfor Accounting and Finance
  • 2nd for Business, Management and Marketing
  • 2nd for Computer Science
  • 8th for Sport Science
  • 11th for Psychology
  • 17th for Criminology
  • 18th for Art and Design
  • 18th for Sociology

For student experience:

  • 1st for Drama, Dance and Cinematics
  • 3rd for Accounting and Finance
  • 9th for Sports Science
  • 11th for Art and Design
  • 15th for Psychology
  • 17th for Business, Management and Marketing

 Graduate Prospects:

  • 5th for Hospitality and Leisure (Hospitality, Leisure & Tourism)
  • 10th for Sport Science

Professor Gavin Brooks, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at BNU said:


“I’m proud to see our staff’s commitment to put students at the heart of all that we do at BNU reflected in our strong performances at subject level in this year’s Good University Guide. It’s testament to the hard work that goes on every day to ensure our students reach their full potential and succeed in their chosen careers.”

Earlier this month, BNU climbed 15 further places in the latest Guardian University Guide (GUG) which represents the 18th highest rise across all UK universities. This is the University’s third consecutive rise in the GUG with a 44-place ranking improvement since 2019. The University, which is now ranked 77th overall in the UK, continues to be rated highly for the resources it invests to support its students, and was 16th highest in the UK for expenditure in this area. On average, the University climbed in the GUG rankings by almost 11 places at subject level, improving its performance in 8 out of the 12 Guide’s subject areas in which BNU featured in both 2020 and 2021.