Durham reigns in North East where universities have the best graduate prospects – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings #cug2019

Durham holds on to its top spot in the UK

Stephanie Butler
25 April 2018

Durham University remains top in the region and sixth nationally in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

Elsewhere there is little change in the North East’s national rankings, except for Teesside University rising nine places to 92nd – the biggest climber in the region.

As a whole, the region has shown an improvement in graduate employment prospects, with an average score for the Graduate Prospects measure higher than all other regions in the UK (76.9%, compared to a national average of 73%).

Additionally, in a year where the entire nation has seen a rise in the number of students graduating with good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree), the North East has scored its highest mean average to date for the Good Honours measure (76.4%), which is higher than the national average score (74.4%).

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.”

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Durham appears in the Top Ten for 31 of the 33 subjects it offers, placing first in English and Music. Newcastle University features in the Top Ten for 17 subjects, and Northumbria University for two.

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 in the North East.

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.”