Student Facebook competition turns Times University League Table upside down
Outstanding student support wins Aberystwyth the first University Face Off
After a dramatic finale, the first round of the student Facebook competition University Face Off has come to an end.
Support was shown for some 130 British universities, yet the winning university may come as a surprise to many.
Over the past few weeks, students from a little known rural Welsh town have shown exceptional support towards their university. Whilst Aberystwyth University may not be topping the likes of the Times Higher Education University table, this social media competition has shown that a sense of community can be just as important to students as academia.
A spokesperson for the University commented:
"We're thrilled to have won and delighted that our students voted for us in the University Face Off. This competition was all about the student voice. Aberystwyth is a unique place to study and provides one of the best student experiences of any British University. Bring on next year for round two!"
The comparatively small university saw off the much larger Open University (2nd), not to mention the likes of the University of Manchester (21st) and Oxbridge (89th/91st).
Students from Keele University (3rd), another community-driven institution, only just lost out on second place by four points after leading the competition for several weeks.
Several students from the 11,000 strong player base on Facebook took away some fantastic prizes for supporting their universities. The prize pool included an Amazon Kindle, £200 worth of proof-reading and trips to both Ibiza and Amsterdam.
University Face Off grew rapidly amongst the UK student community. It was the brainchild of two recent graduates who sought to rekindle positive sentiment towards British universities in response to the recent turmoil. Since its conception in December 2010, the competition’s Facebook page has generated well over 2.5 million hits.
The Face Off team is already planning the next round of the competition for later this year. It is set to be even bigger with the prospect of free student on-campus events.