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ABERYSTWYTH University has become the first university to be named the University of the Year for Teaching Quality award two years running in the Times Good University Guide for 2019.

Cambrian News reported “The guide, which was published in the Sunday Times on Sunday, 23 September, named Swansea University as Welsh University of the Year, but Aberystwyth scooped the University of the Year for Teaching Quality award for the second year in succession, the first time that has ever happened.

The university won praise from students with the student satisfaction for the quality of teaching.

Despite that achievement, Aberystwyth dropped one place in the national rankings from 47th to 48th, but was named the third best university in Wales.

Trinity St David University, which has a Lampeter campus, leapt up the national rankings from 104th in last year’s guide to 89 in the guide this year.

The guide praised the turnaround in teaching at Aberystwyth University saying there had been a huge transformation from two years ago.

It says: “Teaching has been transformed across the institution from two years ago when students’ assessment of teaching quality ranked the university outside the top 100 on this measure.

“A surge to fifth place last year was impressive enough, but this year students have put Aberystwyth on top of the pile awarding the university higher scores for teaching quality than any other institution in the UK.

“It earns the university its second successive award for University of the Year for Teaching Quality.

“The university has also picked up a Gold rating in the government’s own scheme to measure teaching delivery, the Teaching Excellence Framework in the past 12 months.”

Alastair McCall, the editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “The three universities at the top of the Welsh rankings are a match for any in Britain.

“Aberystwyth has achieved something no other UK university has done in winning our University of the Year for Teaching Quality award for two years in a row by exceeding already excellent previous results in the annual National Student Survey.

“No university in the UK now has students happier with the quality of their teaching, the product of a concerted effort to put student needs first and last.”

Professor Elizabeth Treasure, the Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, said: “I am delighted that the hard work of colleagues across the university has been recognised with such a prestigious award for an unprecedented second year running.

“We have staff across the institution who work with rigour, vigour and enthusiasm to deliver the highest possible standard of teaching, and I am incredibly proud of them.

“This award demonstrates their commitment to high learning values and their dedication to their students as well as the premium this university places on academic excellence and teaching led by research.

“We listen carefully here to what students have to say and work closely with the Students Union to keep the student voice at the heart of our community.

“As we embark on a new academic year, the work to continually develop and enrich the student experience continues as we empower our students to unlock their potential and develop as independent learners.”

There was also praise for Trinity St David was also named in the top five for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching, rising 11 places in the league table measure for this year” here.