Lancaster stays top of the North West university rankings while the region’s top universities climb – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Lancaster rises one place to rank seventh, its highest ever national ranking, solidifying its status as the North West’s leading university in the TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019).

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Lancaster University has achieved its 
highest ever ranking of seventh

Lancaster is joined in climbing the table by several other universities in the region. Manchester moves up three places to 15th, continuing a steady rise in the rankings over the past three years. Liverpool (28th) is up eight, while Manchester Metropolitan (56th) gains one place.

The region is home to the UK’s biggest increase for this year as Central Lancashire rises 27 places to 75th, making up for its decline of the last few years. Edge Hill continues its upward trajectory and gains 13 places to its highest ever ranking of 58th.

Despite rising last year, Liverpool John Moores (66th) and Liverpool Hope (62nd) both fall by seven and nine places respectively. Salford (80th) also loses one place, with Chester (101st) going down three and Bolton (128th) two.

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. Universities in the North West score an average of 75.9, with Lancaster (89.2) scoring the highest in the region and third highest nationally. Five other institutions in the region are above average for Graduate Prospects: Liverpool (85.3), Liverpool Hope (83.7), Manchester (80.4), Central Lancashire and Edge Hill (both 76.9).

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 70 separate subject tables, Manchester and Lancaster are the region’s top two performers. The former appears in 49 subject tables and is in the top ten for 19. Meanwhile, Lancaster also appears in the top ten for 19, teaching far fewer subjects – 31. Liverpool is in seven top tens, Manchester Metropolitan is in two, along with Liverpool John Moores, with Salford and Central Lancashire in one each. Only Lancaster is ranked first for a subject, topping the Creative Writing table.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk publishes a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. Two are from the North West. The Royal Northern College of Music retains seventh place and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts drops one to 11th.

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