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Cambridge tops the table once again amid big rises and falls for some in the East of England – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Cambridge uni (East England release)
Cambridge is also top in 34 subject tables

Tom Allingham
26 April 2017

Cambridge has topped TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table, published today (Wednesday 26 April), for the seventh consecutive year, but with many other universities in the East of England moving by significant margins.

East Anglia (UEA) has risen by two places to 12th in the Main Table, which ranks 129 UK universities. UEA’s climb ensures it occupies not only second place in the region but also its best ever national ranking.

Essex was the biggest climber in the UK Top 50, rising nine places to 32nd. This gain can be attributed in part to increases in the university’s scores for Entry Standards, Graduate Prospects, Academic Services Spend and Facilities Spend, the latter being the highest in the region and the third-highest in the UK.

Bedfordshire (109th) saw the biggest rise (11 places) in the East of England, after falling by ten last year – a rise that is thanks in no small part to significantly improved scores for Academic Services Spend and Good Honours (the percentage of graduates awarded a 1st or 2:1).

Norwich University of the Arts was among the biggest fallers in the UK, dropping 18 places to 84th, while Anglia Ruskin slipped eight places to 118th. Suffolk was one of just two new entrants in this year’s Main Table, making its debut at 129th.

Aside from Cambridge, Hertfordshire was the most stable university in the region, rising one place to 78th.

As a region, the East of England has mean scores above both the England and UK average for Academic Services Spend, Facilities Spend and Good Honours.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Cambridge features in the Top Ten for all 44 of the subjects it offers, finishing first in 34 (four fewer than last year). East Anglia makes the Top Ten for nine of the 35 subjects it teaches, while Essex ranks in the Top Ten for three of the 28 subjects it teaches.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said: “It is ten years since TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk launched its online university league tables, and they have proved their accuracy, independence and robustness over the decade.

“This year there is a considerable degree of stability at the upper end of the league table, as in the past. This stability, while it may not attract the headlines, demonstrates that the rankings fulfil our principal objective – to provide credible and freely accessible information for individuals seeking a university place.

“The Government has said that applicants need access to robust, timely and objective information, based on criteria that are straightforward and easily understood.

“We believe that TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk meets these criteria and more and we intend that this will remain the case for the next decade – and beyond. Indeed, we use the same three metrics which the Government plans to include in its much-heralded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).”

For the second year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking table of specialist arts, drama and music institutions. This table shows remarkable consistency, with no institution moving more than two places.

TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk allows greater flexibility than newspaper and book-based guides. All the Guide’s university league tables can be sorted by their individual measures, and also filtered by year, region and mission group (including unaffiliated universities). The league table, full methodology and other information can be found on the website.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of the Hotcourses Group, which acquired TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk in October 2015, said: “The rankings provided by TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk are widely respected and cited both at home and, importantly, overseas.

"The rankings are well known for their editorial integrity and independence, key qualities which we know will remain under the continued guidance of Dr Bernard Kingston. It is a pleasure to work with him and his expert team, to whom I offer my warmest congratulations on this latest release.

“The CUG league tables increasingly enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the very different Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Both exist to help students make one of the most important decisions of their lives – the right choice of subject and the right university for them.”