New figures out today show that Swansea University has jumped up 11 places in The Complete University Guide 2013, confirming its position as the most improved University in Wales over the last three years.

The guide, which covers 116 universities in the UK, proves Swansea has improved consistently and has risen from 60th place in 2011 to 49th in 2013. Swansea now stands as the second highest ranked Welsh University in the guides league table.

The Complete University Guide is based on nine measures compiled from comprehensive information by which university applicants can base one of the most important choices of their lives. Data for the rankings has been derived from official sources and meticulously checked with the universities themselves to create an independent and authoritative league table designed to match applicants’ needs.

The guide points out that the impact of the economic downturn on graduate employment prospects is continuously reflected in many of the changes in relative position in the table with major falls for some universities, while others have had some success in bucking the trend.

Pro Vice-Chancellor Hilary Lappin-Scott welcomed the new figures.

“We are pleased with our improvement in the Complete University Guide,” he said.

“We have been working hard across a number of areas to improve our performance and are happy that we are beginning to see these pay off. In particular improvements in the employment prospects of our graduates has been a key contributing factor.

“We have also seen improvements in the standards of students on entry and an increase in those going on to excel at their studies and receive excellent results on completing their course. We look forward to further improvements in the coming years.”