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Fourth in the UK for economics – we’re up in the Guardian 2024 league tables

The results are in and the School of Business and Law has climbed up the Guardian University Guide 2024 league tables.

The university overall now stands at 70 in the Guardian’s national league table, up from 92 last year. In the past five years we’ve moved up by more than 40 places.

Subject specific results

Accounting and finance

Our accounting and finance courses are ranked joint second in the UK for value added. This category compares degree results with entry requirements to show how effectively students are taught, and we scored 9/10.

We’re also ranked 35th out of 100 institutions overall, jumping more than 20 places since last year.

Business and management

Our business and management courses are ranked 17th in England for quality of feedback and assessment, and 25th in England for teaching satisfaction.

Overall for business and management, we’ve moved up by almost 40 places to 50th out of 118 institutions.


We’re ranked fourth in the UK for economics – just behind the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and St Andrews. This is a jump of eight places from our ranking at 12th in last year’s league table.

We’re also third in the UK for teaching satisfaction, second in the UK for quality of feedback and assessment, plus joint first for value added – scoring 10/10 in this category.


Our law courses are ranked 12th in England for teaching satisfaction and 29th in England for the quality of feedback and assessment.

Overall we’ve jumped up seven places from last year’s law subject league tables.


Our marketing courses scored 8/10 in the value added category that shows how effectively students are taught – putting us at joint third for this category.

Celebrating success

Professor Toni Hilton, Dean of the School of Business and Law, said: “It is wonderful to note the excellent performance of our business and law subject areas in this year’s Guardian University Guide, including being ranked fourth in the UK for economics. These outcomes are consistent with gaining AACSB accreditation, which we achieved in July.

“We continually review and enhance our courses, ensuring that the content stays up-to-date and relevant to the current job market. We also ensure teaching and learning reflects the three pillars of our School of Business and Law mission – employability, societal impact and inclusivity.

“Thank you to our dedicated colleagues for all of their hard work in achieving these results.”

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Zoe Cassell • September 13, 2023

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