A review of City’s performance in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and The Times Good University Guide 2024.

By Eve Lacroix (Communications Officer), Published (Updated )

City, University of London gave a strong showing in both The Guardian University Guide 2024 and The Times Good University Guide 2024, which were released in September.

The Guardian University Guide 2024

Several key disciplines saw exemplar results in The Guardian University Guide 2024.

Maintaining its status as a top programme in the country, journalism was ranked 1st in London and 3rd nationally. A renowned area of study at City, many journalists at the forefront of British media are alumni, such as Pippa Crerar, political editor of the Guardian and journalist who broke the Partygate news which revealed that former Prime Minister Boris Johnson had hosted a Christmas party during lockdown.

Dr Glenda Cooper, Reader in Journalism and Programme Director for the BA in Journalism, said:

City has always been – and remains – the place that students come to for the best journalism education.

They’re taught by brilliant staff who’ve worked as senior journalists, get access to industry leaders and enjoy the benefits of being in a dynamic city with a huge array of media organisations nearby.

That’s why we are top of the rankings again.

Bayes Business School (formerly Cass) also saw leading results. Programmes in Marketing and Public Relations were ranked 1st in the UK and degrees in Business and Management reached 4th place in London and 22nd nationally.

Dr Martin Rich, Dean of the Undergraduate Programmes at Bayes, said:

This is a very pleasing result and reflects the work of our dedicated course directors, teaching colleagues, careers team and support staff in delivering an engaging, enjoyable and rewarding student experience to our undergraduates.

A huge amount of credit and thanks must also go to our excellent set of students and alumni, who themselves have helped to create a vibrant and enriching student experience.

The School of Health & Psychological Sciences (SHPS) saw some of the biggest improvements in rankings, with degrees in the health professions moving up 23 places to reach 3rd nationally. In London, degrees in the health professions remained 1st in London. This ranking includes optometry, radiography, and speech and language therapy.

Professor Debra Salmon, Dean of the School of Health & Psychological Sciences said:

Our students in the School of Health & Psychological Sciences are the health professionals of the future. Whether they will be nurses, optometrists, radiographers or speech and language therapists, our graduates will be providing a vital service to their communities in London, the UK and beyond.

We work hard to ensure our students receive the best possible learning opportunities during their time with us at the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, so we are delighted to see the fruits of our efforts have been recognised by these rankings.

The full rankings and results of the guide can be found on the Guardian website.

The Times Good University Guide 2024

City also ranked positively in The Times Good University Guide 2024 and moved up three places compared to last year, ranking 66th top university in the UK. The University showed a strong performance for several subject areas and was ranked in the top half of providers nationally for 11 out of 21 subject tables.

Ranking in the top quartile were subjects Business, Management & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, subjects allied to Medicine, Communication & Media Studies and English. In particular, English was a standout performer, moving up 19 places to 22nd nationally.

City is a socially engaged institution committed to enabling social mobility and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion among its community.

The University was ranked 2nd for the racial diversity of its student population, which was measured by the proportion of students from Black, Asian, mixed or other ethnic minority backgrounds.

City was also ranked 9th in the UK for its deprived areas dropout gap. This means City is one of the best universities in helping students who come from areas with low rates of participation in higher education, ensuring they are not more likely to drop out of university and can maximise their potential.

Finally, the University was ranked 17th nationally for its proportion of first generation students, which refers to students who are the first in their families to go into higher education and earn a graduate degree.