FALMOUTH University has dropped 22 places in the latest edition of an influential guide.

The institution, which has campuses at Tremough in Penryn and in Falmouth town centre, is ranked at joint 94th in the country in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, having been at 72nd last year, and was ranked ninth in the south west.

A spokesperson for Falmouth University said: “We were disappointed with this year’s results in the league tables but at Falmouth University we are proud of our TEF Gold standard teaching, world-class professional facilities and access to industry partners.

"From day one Falmouth students are doing it for real and this approach to the student experience continues to produce future-proofed entrepreneurs.”

The University of Exeter, which shares the Tremough Campus with Falmouth University, remained 12th nationally and was second in the south west.

Professor Lisa Roberts, the University of Exeter’s Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive said: “It is excellent that Exeter has retained its ranking, maintaining its position as being amongst the very best universities in the UK.

"The University has a steadfast commitment to ensuring both students and staff can thrive in the very best teaching and research environments.

"This, coupled with our work with industry and businesses, and our local and global partnerships play a crucial role in boosting both the regional and national economy, reflected in this latest ranking.”

The new edition of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 will be published this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 20).

University of Bath is top of the south west university rankings and sits in ninth place nationally.

The guide includes profiles on 135 universities and what it calls the "definitive UK university rankings", making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

A fully searchable website with university profiles and 67 subject tables will be published online today (Friday). 

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021 provides students and their parents with a first reference point on the path to finding a university place.

It contains full profiles of all universities.

The academic league table is made up of nine indicators, including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.

Falmouth scored 81.7 per cent for student satisfaction with teaching and 77.2 per cent for the wider student experience.

The University of Exeter scored 78.4 per cent and 79.3 per cent respectively.

A social inclusion ranking rates universities in England and Wales, with a separate Scottish ranking, on key measures to reflect the diversity of their intake and subsequent success when attending university.

The league table is made up of eight indicators, seven in Scotland, covering the proportions of entrants recruited from non-selective state schools, ethnic minorities, and areas of low participation in higher education (high social deprivation in Scotland); those who are first generation students, mature or disabled; the black attainment gap; and in England and Wales, the gap between the dropout rate of students from the areas of the country with the lowest participation rates in higher education, compared to the rate for students from the rest of the country.