Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has moved further up a respected league table.

The Guardian University Guide ranked Yr Athrofa 43rd in the UK – a rise of seven places from rankings published in 2018.

Yr Athrofa was ranked 76 in the UK shortly after its launch in 2016.

Programmes accommodated by Yr Athrofa’s Early Years, Social Justice and Inclusion, and Teacher Education disciplines were included in the rating.

Yr Athrofa’s success is matched by the university itself, with UWTSD rising 29 places – the joint third highest increase of all 121 UK universities included in the table.

UWTSD is now 57th overall in the Guardian University Guide.

Professor Dylan Jones, Dean of Yr Athrofa, said: “Yr Athrofa is an institute on the move and this result reaffirms our strongly-held belief that we are heading in the right direction.

“Our dedicated staff and pioneering colleagues in partner schools are firmly focused on raising standards for all in Wales and these results serve as a significant show of confidence in the work we are doing together.

“Our newly-accredited Athrofa Professional Learning Partnership (APLP) is going from strength to strength, and we are excited by the opportunities presented by our system-wide collaboration.

“We are delighted that our hard work has been recognised in the Guardian University Guide, but there remains much more to be done to achieve our shared goals for education in Wales.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those working with us for their continued support – and we look forward to strengthening our relationships in the years to come.”

Yr Athrofa is Wales’ largest provider of teacher education and is heavily involved in the development of Wales’ new national curriculum and professional learning provision, as part of a series of ongoing projects with the Welsh Government.