NCC celebrates University of Bristol being named best university for engineering in the Guardian’s best UK universities 2021 league table

10 September 2020

The University of Bristol was named best university in the UK for both Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in The Guardian’s Best Universities 2021 league table. The university was also ranked 11th overall in the UK, jumping 12 places from the previous edition.

The National Composites Centre (NCC) is proud to be part of the University of Bristol and has strong links to the University of Bath, which held its place in the number 6 spot overall and came 3rd in Mechanical Engineering, and the University of the West of England which also came 13th in Mechanical Engineering and 21st overall, an increase of seven places.

The latest Guardian University Guide measures universities against nine areas including student satisfaction with teaching, courses and feedback.

The overall Guardian league table is accompanied by subject rankings, showing how universities perform across specific areas of study. Sixteen of Bristol’s subjects are ranked in the top ten with nine in the top five including Civil Engineering at number two.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: "Here at Bristol, we strive to offer our students a rich, research-led education with promising career prospects and I'm delighted to see that reflected in this year's results.

"Our excellent performance, and that of our subjects, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our staff, and to the talent of our students."

Dr Enrique Garcia, Chief Technology Officer at the NCC, said: "The NCC is at the forefront of pulling through excellent research to industrial application. Our links to the UK’s universities are strong and we are very much aware of the talented and fulfilled students nurtured by Bristol, UWE and Bath. We congratulate all three universities on their results this year."

Professor Ian Bond, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Bristol, said: "We are immensely proud to see our research-led teaching recognised in the new rankings from The Guardian. We know that our talented students are much sought after when they graduate and our Industrial Liaison Office provides them with a head start in connecting with employers. Staff across the Faculty of Engineering are passionate about what they do, and our students constantly amaze me with their dedication and innovation. I'm personally delighted to see recognition of this collaborative effort reflected in an external assessment of what we do."

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