A professor at the University of Bolton has talked of his delight as Psychology courses were singled out for praise in The Sunday Times Good University Guide that was published at the weekend. The guide includes profiles on 132 universities and the most authoritative UK university league table, making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

Psychology at the University of Bolton came first in the country for ‘Teaching Quality’, with a score of 91.2%. The course was placed 52 out of 117 departments across the UK and fifth out of 12 in the North West.

The guide says under the University of Bolton section:

“… it is Bolton’s Psychology courses – ranked just outside our top 50 – that have been winning plaudits. In March, the criminological and forensic psychology degree received the top award for innovative programmes from the British Psychological Society.”

Other notable achievements were:

  • Psychology came 11th in the country in the ‘Student Experience’ category, with a score of 86.6%
  • Under the ‘Graduate Prospects’ category, Psychology scored 64.5%, 62nd in the UK

Highlighted also in the guide is that in the most recent National Student Survey, students ranked the University of Bolton fourth in the UK for satisfaction with teaching quality under a Sunday Times analysis of the outcomes.

Professor of Psychology at the university, Jerome Carson said:

“This is the first time that Psychology as a discipline at Bolton has ever been mentioned in the guide. There are many reasons for our success. There is no doubt that senior management at the university have invested in resources. Moreover, all the staff know their subject extremely well and that comes across in the teaching. We also have some exceptional students and we have an excellent Dean in Gill Waugh, who is tremendously supportive.”

The guide also says that the university

“has recently formed alliances with other regional educational institutions and businesses to help fuel its growth.”

A fully searchable website with university profiles and 67 subject tables is published at www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/gooduniversityguide for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times.

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