Lancaster stays top of the North West university rankings whilst all Manchester and Liverpool universities climb – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables #cug2019

Lancaster Entrance
Lancaster University has ranked highest in
the North West every year

Griffin Shiel
25 April 2018 

Lancaster University has gone up one place to eighth, equalling its highest ever national ranking, to solidify its status as the leading university in the North West in the TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

Lancaster’s small rise in the table is bettered by several universities in the region. The University of Manchester has moved up four places to 18th, entering the top 20 for the first time. The University of Liverpool (=36th) is up five places while Liverpool Hope University (53rd) has built on its 24 place rise last year by a further six places. Manchester Metropolitan University moved up five places to 57th.

Liverpool John Moores University (59th) achieved its highest ever ranking by moving up 16 places. The University of Salford (=79th) was one of the biggest risers in the region, and one of the biggest in the country, going up 19 places in the Main Table. 

In the 70 separate subject tables, Manchester and Lancaster are the region’s two outstanding performers. The former appears in 49 subject tables and is in the Top Ten for 20, whilst the latter appears in the Top Ten for 18 of the 31 subjects it teaches. Liverpool is in seven Top Tens, Manchester Metropolitan is in two and Liverpool John Moores and Salford appear in one each. None of the region’s universities is ranked first for a subject as Lancaster dropped from first to eighth in the table for Drama, Dance & Cinematics, the one subject it topped last year.

As a whole, universities in the North West have the best Student-Staff Ratio of anywhere in the country as they have the fewest number of students for each member of staff. 

Nationally, the awarding of good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree) is on the rise and the North West is no different, showing a small increase on last year’s figure. However, it is still the region with the lowest proportion of good honours awarded. Additionally, Lancaster is one of only two universities in the top 25 of the Main Table to award good honours to fewer than 80% of its students. 

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.”

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. Two are from the North West. The Royal Northern College of Music (seventh) drops one place and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (tenth) moves up two.

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.”