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Gold, silver & bronze - new grades for region's universities

A new ranking system for universities has been introduced with a more student-centred approached. The previous system gave greater weight to research, but now issues such as teaching, the student experience and graduate employment are deemed more important.

The Universities of Oxford, Portsmouth, Kent and Surrey all achieved 'Gold', the highest category for the quality of their teaching and learning.

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The south east's winners and losers of new university ranking system

Eight weeks today A-level students will find out if they've got into the universities of their choice.

But in the future the quality of higher education will be judged under a new grading system - the first results of that released today with a few shocks and surprises for universities here in our region.

The new system claims to focus on teaching and - not the quality of research - at the institute. It also puts a fair amount of weight on the students' views.

But it's already proving controversial with claims it's flawed and damaging - as our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford explains.

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