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Bedfordshire flying high in English

Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL speaking

Tue 22nd May, 2012

The University of Bedfordshire has jumped a massive 59 places in The Guardian’s University Guide 2013’s league table for English.

The University has been ranked 43 out of 102 published in the daily newspaper and online at The Guardian

The University appears in 15 subject tables and is in a higher position in seven. Its ranking for Education has improved significantly from 63 out of 75 last year to 27 out of 75 this year.

Professor Helen Bailey, Head of Performing Arts & English, said the improvement was the result of extra effort on the part of staff as well as additional investment. “We increased the number of staff and ensured they were more research focused. Both existing and new staff channelled extra time to the support of students,” said Helen.

“For example, with every piece of work that was assessed we combined the feedback with one to one tutorials. That is considerable support that students were being provided, and it really worked – it resulted in a higher proportion of students gaining firsts.

“The level of investment into supporting subjects across the spectrum has also been considerable. “The Junior Research Institute is an example. We are allowing undergraduates to lead research projects that we support beyond the curriculum. It is common in the US and we are pioneering it in the UK. That has played a big part in motivating students, and we have seen the results.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon CBE DL said: “This is an amazing achievement, congratulations to Helen Bailey and the Division of Performing Arts and English. The University’s English provision is located at the Bedford campus. We have ambitious plans to establish a John Bunyan Chair in English Literature to celebrate the great novelist who is synonymous with Bedford.”

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