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Cambridge ranks first in the UK with considerable improvement among other East of England universities – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables #cug2019

Cambridge _Peterhouse _Old Court
The University of Cambridge has topped the
Main Table ranking for eight years running

Griffin Shiel
25 April 2018

The University of Cambridge has once again topped the national rankings for the eighth consecutive year in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

Elsewhere in the East of England, the University of East Anglia (UEA) dropped two places to 14th whilst the University of Essex moves up six places to joint-26th. This is the first time since 2010 that Essex has ranked in the top 30.

Norwich University of the Arts, appearing in the Main Table for the third time, has made up for its fall last year by rising 20 places to 64th. This surpasses its 2017 ranking of 66th. In contrast, both University of Hertfordshire (=86th) and the University of Bedfordshire (118th) fell in this year’s table by seven and nine places respectively.

In the subject tables, Cambridge is once again the standout performer, appearing in the Top Ten for all 41 of the subjects it teaches and taking the top spot on 32 occasions. No other university in the UK is in as many Top Tens or achieves as many top spots, and only three other universities (the University of Oxford, Imperial College London and the Royal Veterinary College) are in the top ten for all the subjects they teach. Whilst none of the region’s other universities top any subject, UEA makes nine Top Tens, Hertfordshire two, and Essex and Anglia Ruskin University (116th) one each.

In this year’s table, Cambridge also has the highest Entry Standards and Degree Completion for the entire country, as well as the second highest proportion of Good Honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree) awarded.

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.”

Dr Kingston observed: “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 from the East of England.

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.”