Lancaster retains title as North West’s top university as Manchester records its best rank in a decade – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Lancaster image (North West release)
Lancaster has never missed out on the top spot
in the North West

Tom Allingham
26 April 2017

Lancaster has ranked as the top university in North West once again, while second placed Manchester continues to climb in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

Lancaster (ninth) has held on to its position from last year and is the only institution in the region to make the Top Ten in the Main Table, which this year ranks 129 UK universities. Manchester has climbed by three places for the second consecutive year, and finishes a record-high 22nd this year.

Liverpool Hope recorded the biggest rise in the North West and the second-highest nationally, leaping 25 places to 58th. This climb may be attributed to the university’s Student Satisfaction score, the second-highest in the UK, and its noteworthy Graduate Prospects outcome, which in the space of a year has gone from the lowest in the region to the third-highest.

Edge Hill (64th) continues on its upward trajectory for the third straight year, climbing seven places, while Central Lancashire (95th) rises by four and Chester (91st) by three.

Having climbed 16 places last year, Manchester Metropolitan falls back six places to 63rd, while Liverpool (41st), Salford (98th) and Bolton (125th) all drop by three places, and Liverpool John Moores (76th) and Cumbria (123rd) drop by two.

As a region, the North West’s mean scores for Student Satisfaction, Student-Staff Ratio and Facilities Spend are all better than the average in both England and the UK.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Lancaster makes the Top Ten for 13 of the 34 subjects it offers, finishing first in one (Drama, Dance and Cinematics). Manchester appears in 50 subject tables, finishing in the Top Ten in 19, while Liverpool makes the Top Ten for five of the 46 subjects it teaches. In addition, Manchester Metropolitan appears in the Top Ten for three subjects, while Chester and Liverpool John Moores both appear in one Top Ten 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 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.”