Durham continues to dominate the North East – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Durham keeps its position as the highest placed university in the North East, ranking sixth in the UK for the fourth year running in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019).

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Durham University is the highest ranked
university in the North East

Newcastle (22nd) remains second in the region. Like Durham, there is no change to its ranking from last year’s table. Northumbria (50th) comes third with a rise of six places, entering the top 50 for the first time ever.

However, there is less positive news for the other universities in the region. Teesside (100th) and Sunderland (=107th) both rose previously but instead experience falls of eight places this year.

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. Last year, the North East had the highest score for this measure, and the region continues to perform well, having the second highest score of any region at 78.5.

In addition, Newcastle is in the top ten for Graduate Prospects, scoring 85.5. Elsewhere, Durham makes the top ten in four measures: Entry Standards, Facilities Spend, Good Honours and Degree Completions.

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, Durham is once again one of the outstanding performers in the UK. It appears in 33 tables, placing in the top ten on 30 occasions, and taking first place in two tables: English and Music. While no other North East universities come top of a table, Newcastle appears in 16 top tens, Northumbria in two and Teesside one. 

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 North East.

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).