UWS'overall UK rankings went from joint 100th previously to 92nd in the latest edition of the league table, which has also seen the university placed ninth in Scotland, making it the country's highest ranking post-1992 university
Last year Coventry achieved the highest position ever in the guide's league table by a post-1992 university
, and remains ahead of its peer group as well as several older foundations.
A spokesman for the Welsh Government added: "The policy of the government remains that we wish to see a single post-1992 university
in South-East Wales."
"The minister is cherrypicking data which shows Cardiff Met in a bad light and ignoring the overwhelming and consistent evidence showing the institution to be the top ranked post-1992 university
"But to receive the highest ratings for a post-1992 university
in the whole of the North of England is indeed an accolade."
Their polemical piece, which constructs an ideal type new higher education institution based on their experiences as lecturer and dean respectively in a post-1992 university
, is largely silent on resistance to, and questioning of, managerialism and the McUniversity.
Sir Steve said: "In my view, Wales needs one successful Russell Group university and one successful post-1992 university
in South-East Wales.
"It is simply ridiculous and damaging to the sector to claim one post-1992 university
is superior to the others when on so many different factors, other institutions could make the same claim."
They appear to be a pretty successful post-1992 university
and if it ain't broke, why try and fix it?
"The minister is cherry-picking data which shows Cardiff Met in a bad light and ignoring the overwhelming and consistent evidence showing the institution to be the top ranked post-1992 university
The report said: "In my view, Wales needs one successful Russell Group university and one successful post-1992 university
in South-East Wales.
"The current reconfiguration proposals present an opportunity for the development of a strong, competitive, post-1992 university
in South East Wales," she said.