Leeds remains top in Yorkshire and the Humber amongst a mixed bag of performances for the region – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables

Griffin Shiel
25 April 2018 

The University of Leeds (13th) has continued its recent rise up the university league tables by achieving its highest ever rank in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019rankings, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

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The University of Leeds has achieved its
highest ranking in the Main Table 

Leeds has now improved its ranking in the Main Table for six consecutive years and for the last three has been the highest ranked university in Yorkshire and the Humber. This was an accolade previously held by the University of York (21st) for nine years in a row. However, York has experienced contrasting fortunes to Leeds and is now ranked outside the UK’s top 20 for the first time ever. 

The region as a whole has experienced minimal change in the rankings, with the majority of universities moving by less than five places in the Main Table. The University of Sheffield (30th) and Leeds Trinity University (108th) moved up by two and four places respectively, with the University of Bradford (61st) dropping three spots and York St John University (=123rd) one. Sheffield Hallam University (69th) and Leeds Beckett University (121st) saw no change to their rank.

However, there are a few notable changes in the region. The University of Huddersfield (60th) has built on its nine place rise last year by moving up a further 12 places, and the University of Hull has dropped 20 places to 94th. The region also has a new entry as Leeds Arts University (previously Leeds College of Arts) has moved from the specialist Arts, Drama & Music table into the Main Table at 81st.

As a whole, the region’s universities perform particularly well for Student Satisfaction having the second highest score out of all the UK’s regions. Furthermore, they awarded a slightly above average proportion of good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree). The awarding of good honours has been on the rise in recent years and this year is no exception.

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.”

In separate listings for 70 subjects, Leeds is included in 50, which is more than any other university in the country, and it also makes the Top Ten 23 times. Sheffield is second in the region for both subject table and subject Top Ten appearances, appearing in 40 tables and in 11 Top Tens.

Six more universities from the region appear in at least one subject Top Ten: Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds Beckett, Sheffield Hallam and York. However, only Huddersfield rank first for a subject as it have moved up 12 places in the Occupational Therapy table to joint-first alongside Cardiff University (33rd).

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. None is from Yorkshire and the Humber.

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.”