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Cardiff remains the top university in Wales while others coalesce in the middle of the UK rankings – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Cardiff uni (wales release)
Cardiff University holds on to the top spot for
Welsh universities 

Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

Cardiff has slipped one place to 36th but remains Wales’ top university, according to TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league tables for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

However, for the past three years Cardiff has fallen in the Main Table, which this year ranks 129 universities.

Swansea is Wales’ second-placed university once again after climbing one place to 44th. Aberystwyth is the most significant climber in Wales, moving 19 places to 68th, mostly resulting from impressive improvements in the university’s scores for Student Satisfaction, Graduate Prospects, Student-Staff Ratio and Academic Services Spend. Cardiff Metropolitan (67th) moves up five places, while the University of Wales Trinity Saint David rises four places to 119th.

South Wales has fallen 18 places in 2018 and finishes in 117th place. Bangor (65th) and Wrexham Glyndŵr (128th) both fall three places.

As a nation, Wales’ mean scores for Student Satisfaction and Facilities Spend are above the UK average.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Cardiff appears in the Top Ten for ten of the 46 subjects it offers, topping the table in two (Occupational Therapy, and Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics). Swansea features in the Top Ten for four of the 40 subject it teaches, with a first-place finish in one (Complementary Medicine). In addition, Bangor makes the Top Ten in five subjects; Aberystwyth in two; and Wrexham Glyndŵr and South Wales in one apiece.

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 are available 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.”