Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education and Humanities, has been ranked first in Wales for a number of key subject areas.

The university was the top-ranked Welsh institution for education, history and forensic science and archaeology in the prestigious Guardian University Guide.

Overall, UWTSD was ranked 15th in the UK for education – to continue its upward trend from 43rd in 2020 and 50th in 2019.

The university was 11th in the UK for history and 16th in the UK for forensic science and archaeology.

There was also a significant rise up the rankings for psychology, which was ranked 67th in the UK – up from 81st last year.

The university itself rose to 56th in the 2021 table of all 121 UK universities included.

The Guardian ranks universities according to nine different measures: including how satisfied final-year students are with their courses, teaching and feedback, spending per student; the student/staff ratio; graduate career prospects; what grades applicants need to get a place; a value-added score that compares students’ entry qualifications with their final degree results.

The results of the Guardian University Guide re-enforce those of the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, which saw UWTSD win the main award in the ‘Courses and Lecturers’ category for the second year in succession.

Dr Dylan Jones, Deputy Vice-Chancellor with oversight of UWTSD’s Institute of Education and Humanities, said: “We are delighted that the institute’s hard work has been recognised in one of the UK’s most respected league tables.

“We are grateful to our team of talented and committed staff, who have continued to support students diligently and with great care during a tremendously challenging time for everyone.

“That so many of our subject areas have been recognised as being the best in the country is just reward for a collective effort involving a number of partners across the public sphere.

“We are not complacent and there is still plenty more to do to fulfil our shared National Mission for education in Wales, but these league tables are a clear indication that we are moving firmly in the right direction.”

The Institute of Education and Humanities combines the disciplines of education, psychology, social policy, youth and community and humanities.

UWTSD is also one of Wales’ leading providers of Teacher Education, delivered through the Athrofa: Professional Learning Partnership (APLP).

The APLP is a unique collaboration involving UWTSD teacher educators and more than 100 schools from across South Wales.