In a national survey involving 15,000 students at 113 institutions London universities were in the bottom 6 places, and 15 of the last 20 in the rankings were in London.
Students were asked to look at 21 criteria which included quality of teaching, facilities, community atmosphere and extracurricular actives. London universities scored below average in all criteria and fared particularly badly for sports facilities, societies and social life.
Bottom of the list is the University of East London. UEL is based on 3 sites, 2 in Stratford and 1 in Docklands, and has 19,000 students. It was established as a university in 1992. Just above UEL are 2 other newer universities, London Metropolitan University and the University of West London. Only the Royal Veterinary College (25) and UCL (28) made it into the top 50. Imperial is at number 54.
|Institution||Ranking (out of 113)||Score (out of 100)|
|University of Westminster||108||65.4|
|University of the Arts||110||64.5|
|University of West London||111||62.3|
|University of East London||113||59|
Bath University came top with a score of 83 out of a possible 100. Loughborough, Sheffield, Oxford and Cambridge made up the rest of the top 5.
Campus universities generally did well in the survey but this does not fully explain the poor showing in London as Sheffield, Leeds and Newcastle, all city based, are in the top 10.
While the newer London institutions have done badly in this survey they scored highly in a separate study for awarding places to students from disadvantaged families, as reported here by Urbs.
The Student Experience Survey 2015 was carried out by YouthSight on behalf of Times Higher Education.