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New university rankings reveal best places to study

Published: Thursday, 28 April 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

The University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have taken the two top spots for overall excellence, according to the latest ranking from the Complete University Guide (CUG).

Number specialists at CUG looked at a wide range of data sources to produce a score out of 100 for each institution in the UK.

Universities were then ranked in order from one to 127 to create the University League Table 2017, with the highest figures representative of better performance.

Students and parents have always placed value in knowing where a university stands in the pecking order of higher education, and in particular with regards to the quality of their chosen course.

Many of those at the top of the table have built their reputation and developed expertise over a considerable period, whilst those at the bottom are still building their name in the higher education system.

Overall score

The overall score for universities was calculated by comprising entry standards, student satisfaction, graduate prospects, research assessment (quality and intensity), student-staff ratio, academic services spend, good honours, facilities spend and degree calculations. 

After University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford – which is the oldest university in the English-speaking world – came the London School of Economics and Imperial College London.

It is not surprising to see Oxbridge and Universities within London remain dominant forces in British higher education, partly due to how the table was measured and how newer universities tend to have different priorities to what the table takes into account, demonstrating strengths in other areas.

Making up the rest of the top ten were St Andrews University, Durham University, Loughborough University, Warwick University, Lancaster University and University College London, in that order.

All of the top five were unchanged from a year ago. Loughborough meanwhile climbed from eleventh to seventh, with Durham and Warwick dropping a place each to six and eighth respectively.

The biggest jump came from the University of Buckingham, which is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and Harper Adams University, both of which rose 14 places in the rankings. 

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