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Cambridge stays first in the UK as the rest of the universities in the East of England drop down the rankings – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Cambridge tops TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 rankings, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019), extending the streak of consecutive top spots in the national rankings to nine.

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The University of Cambridge is top of the 
UK University League Table for a tenth time

However, the performances of the remaining East of England universities are not as positive as six of the other seven institutions decline in the main University League Table.

East Anglia falls seven places to 21st, its first time outside the top 20 since 2013. Essex fails to build on its climb into last year’s top 30, and loses 18 places to go =44th. This is Essex’s lowest ever UK ranking and is the biggest drop of any university in the top 50.

Norwich University of the Arts, the region’s greatest increase last year, falls 12 places to 76th. There are also smaller movements for Anglia Ruskin (118th), Suffolk (129th), and Bedfordshire (122nd), which lose two, one and four places respectively.

A major success for the region is Hertfordshire, which halts its recent decline in the main University League Table and rises by 12 places to 74th. This is Hertfordshire’s highest ranking since 2015, and the first time it has climbed the table since 2013.

Nationally, Graduate Prospects continue to rise year-on-year, with the average score for the UK now at 75.5, up from 73.0 last year. As a region, the East of England’s Graduates Prospects score is slightly below the national average at 72.6. However, Cambridge (86.7), Hertfordshire (80.4) and East Anglia (77.0) are all above average for this measure.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, commented: “The evidence is clear; the increased emphasis, including funding, on employability and career planning within academic departments and student services is bearing fruit.

“Many institutions now have this as a core element of their strategic plans with the introduction of innovative programmes of subject-specific careers events focussed on embedding and signposting graduate destinations.

“This is being supported through increased links to alumni and outside professionals leading to higher-skilled work experience. Such developments have been strongly encouraged by prestigious annual awards from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and the Institute of Student Employers (ISE).”

In the subject tables, Cambridge performs well again, making the top ten in each of the 41 subject tables it appears. It also tops 27 tables, a small fall from the 32 topped last year, but still considerably more than any other university in the UK. None of the region’s other universities place first in a subject table, and there has been a fall in the overall number of top ten appearances.

East Anglia, which made nine top tens last year, now only appears in five, with Essex being the only other institution to make a top ten as it ranks sixth for Drama, Dance & Cinematics.

As well as topping the overall table, and outperforming all other universities in the subject tables, Cambridge has the highest score for Entry Standards, Research Intensity and the second highest for Degree Completion and Good Honours. Essex and Hertfordshire are both in the top ten universities for Facilities Spend.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. None of these institutions are in the East of England.

Simon Emmett, CEO of IDP Connect, said: “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 IDP Connect.

“It complements the thousands of student reviews, chatbot technology and face-to-face counselling in over 30 countries which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses.”

Fully online and free to access, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk university rankings provide users with independent and trustworthy league and subject tables. Each of the Guide’s tables can be sorted by their individual measures, year, region and mission group (including unaffiliated universities).