WINCHESTER University has moved up in an established national league table.

It is now ranked as the 96th best in the UK, according to the Sunday Times Good University Guide. This is two higher than last year.

The Sparkford-road based centre has also finished higher in the south east regional rankings – from 14th to 12th.

Despite improvements in almost every category, its score in student experience has dropped from 78.5 per cent to 75.9 per cent.

A spokesperson said: "The University of Winchester is delighted to see the institution climbing in the overall rankings of the 2021 Sunday Times Good University Guide.

"This is a testament to the quality of teaching and learning here at Winchester and our focus on shaping a better world, driven by the ambition, wisdom and impact of our students and staff.

"Last academic year we know the unprecedented challenge of the global Coronavirus pandemic, and a short period of industrial action, had an impact on our student community. "We have worked extremely hard to mitigate these issues and it is for this reason that we are particularly proud that despite these challenges, our students and staff have helped us improved in so many categories of the Sunday Times Good University Guide.

"We are on a continued journey to improve all elements of the student experience. We use the information from league tables to help us drive enhancements across the university.

"We are continually investing in resources and facilities for students, our teaching and learning resources, student support and employability services and culminating in projects such as the new landmark West Downs Centre at the beginning of September."

In 2018, the university ranked 79th nationally.

Following a fall from grace in 2019, it seems to be on a steady path of improvement.