Leeds leads the field by a good margin in Yorkshire and the Humber – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

The Great Hall, Leeds
The University of Leeds is up two places in the
2018 CUG league table

Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

Leeds has retained its title as the top university in Yorkshire and the Humber in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

Leeds has climbed two places to 14th, whereas York – the university it replaced as top in the region last year – remains in 20th. Both remain the only two universities from the region to appear in the Top 20 of the Main Table, which this year ranks 129 UK universities.

The majority of universities in Yorkshire and the Humber region have fallen in this year’s rankings, with York St John (122nd) down 15 places, Leeds Trinity (111th) down eight, Leeds Beckett (121st) down seven, Hull (74th) down six, Bradford (58th) down five, and Sheffield (31st) down four.

Only two other universities in the region have risen this year: Huddersfield (72nd) and Sheffield Hallam (69th), which have climbed nine and three places respectively.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Leeds is in the Top Ten for 22 of the 52 subjects it teaches, coming first in Accounting & Finance for the first time. Elsewhere, York and Sheffield feature in the Top Ten for eight subjects, Bradford in four, Hull in three, Sheffield Hallam in two and Huddersfield in one.

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 are available 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.”