The Times Higher Education (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2018 are the first to focus solely on teaching and learning.
They are put together based on student responses to questions such as ‘Would you recommend your university to friends and family?’ and ‘If you could start again would you still choose to go to this university?’.
The metrics also look at the opportunities available to prepare students for life after university and analyse the different ways in which courses are delivered including how they develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and applying learning to the real world.
Professor Sarah O’Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at the University of Nottingham said: “It is very encouraging to see that students enjoy the way we deliver our teaching and, more importantly, find the skills and opportunities we provide relevant for life after graduation.
“This builds on our gold standard Teaching Excellence Framework award and reflects the hard work of our dedicated staff and investment to ensure that students get the best possible experience while at Nottingham.”
The THE’s top-ranked European universities by teaching excellence focus on four key areas:
- Engagement - does the institution effectively engage with its students?
- Resources - does the institution have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?
- Outcomes - does the institution generate appropriate outputs for students?
- Environment - is the teaching and learning environment inclusive?
The University of Nottingham scored particularly highly in metrics around recommending their experience to friends and family, access to learning materials and the quality of the learning environment.
The University is set to open a Teaching and Learning Hub on University Park Campus ready for the 2018/19 intake of students.
The building, close to Hallward Library, will further boost state of the art teaching facilities and provide a performing arts space, social learning hub and a 300 seat lecture theatre.
The ranking includes universities in countries that are a full member of both the European Higher Education Area and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and that are classified as a “developed economy” by the United Nations.