Durham remains top in the North East while all others in the region climb – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Tom Allingham
26 April 2017

Durham pic (North East release)
Durham's Music Department (pictured) is top of
our Music subject table

Durham has held onto sixth place in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table, published today (Wednesday 26 April), while all four of the remaining universities in the North East have risen in the rankings.

Newcastle has risen for the second consecutive year, climbing two places to 23rd to secure second place in the region once again.

Teesside was the biggest climber in the region, rising six to 101st, while Northumbria has improved four places to 55th. Sunderland’s rise, albeit one place to 102nd, means that the North East is the only UK region where none of the universities that fell in the rankings.

For the North East as a region there is yet more good news in the mean scores recorded for many of the measures used to rank universities. The region’s mean scores for Entry Standards, Student-Staff Ratio, Facilities Spend, Good Honours (percentage of graduates awarded a 1st or 2:1) and Graduate Prospects are all better than the average recorded in both in England and the UK as a whole.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Durham makes the Top Ten for 32 of the 33 subjects it offers, finishing first in three (Education, English, and Music). Newcastle features in 40 subject tables, making the Top Ten for 18 and finishing first in two (Art & Design, and Communication and Media Studies), while Northumbria finishes in the Top Ten for three of the 37 subjects it teaches.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author 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.”