Bath maintains strong position as South West universities achieve the UK’s best Degree Completion score – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings #cug2019

Bath University stays best in the
South West

Stephanie Butler
25 April 2018

The highest ranked universities in the South West are on the rise, whilst the lowest ranked universities in the region have fallen in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

The University of Bath remains the South West’s top university at 11th place nationally, whilst the University of Exeter (12th) and the University of Bristol (=15th) both climb two places, securing their positions in the top 20. Arts University Bournemouth is the region’s biggest climber in this year’s rankings, rising 12 places to 49th.

Six of the universities in the region have dropped one or more places, most significantly Falmouth University (90th), which has fallen 27 places due to a decline in its Graduate Prospects score.

This year’s Main Table shows that the South West is the strongest region in the UK for Degree Completion, with a mean score of 88.8% compared to the national average of 85.4%.

In a year where the entire UK has seen a rise in the number of students graduating with good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree), the South West has achieved its best Good Honours mean score to date (75.6%), scoring above the national average (74.4%).

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said: “The proportion of good honours has steadily but inexorably increased at almost all universities. Either students are working harder, or they are being better taught, or something else is happening. But it is one of the criteria over which universities have a significant degree of control.”

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Bath appears in the Top Ten for 18 of the 27 subjects it teaches, coming first nationally in both Architecture and Marketing. Exeter features in the Top Ten for 26 of the 36 subjects it teaches, topping the Sports Science table. Bristol appears in the Top Ten for 21 of the 39 subjects it teaches, placing first for General Engineering.

Additionally, the University of the West of England, Bristol features in the Top Ten for five subjects, the University of Plymouth four, and Bournemouth University two.

Dr Kingston said: “With the inclusion of the University of Wolverhampton, we are pleased to be able to provide the first full ranking of all 131 eligible UK universities. It has been a long and, at times, difficult journey to reach this point, with debate about public interest and commercial sensitivity to the fore. But throughout, uppermost in our stance has been what’s best for university applicants and ultimately, for the universities themselves. The underlying data in our independent rankings are theirs and their appearance gives both the public at large and the universities an opportunity to compare and contrast in an open and flexible way.”

For the third year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 13 colleges and conservatoires. None is in the South West.

Simon Emmett, CEO of the Hotcourses Group said: “Since joining the Group three years ago, the Complete University Guide has lived up to its name and, with the return of Wolverhampton, has achieved its goal of publishing the first free-to-access complete rankings of all the UK universities. These independent and unbiased league tables are used by almost a million applicants and their advisers monthly and are, as importantly, also well respected by the universities themselves for their accuracy and stability.”

“The Guide is an essential element of the wide-ranging portfolio of information, advice and guidance available through Hotcourses and its parent company IDP. It complements the counselling and insight programmes and thousands of student reviews which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses.”