Leeds remains top in Yorkshire and the Humber while York falls further – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Leeds (14th) loses one place – its first decline since 2013, but remains the highest ranked university in Yorkshire and the Humber in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 rankings, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019). 

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

Leeds has been the top university in the region for the last four years. This was an accolade previously held by York (30th) for nine years in a row. However, York has experienced its largest decline ever in the table, falling nine places, and is now ranked just inside the UK’s top 30. 

Most of the region’s universities fall in the table, albeit by small amounts. Sheffield (33rd) loses three places, while Huddersfield (64th), Sheffield Hallam (73rd) and Leeds Trinity (112th) all fall four. Bradford (63rd) also drops two places. Leeds Beckett is the only institution in the region not to change its rank and remains 121st.

However, there are a few notable changes in the region. Hull (81st) has slightly recovered from its loss of 20 places last year to register a climb of 13. York’s other institution, York St John (111th) recorded its first climb up the table since 2015, going up 12.

Last year, the region had a new entry in Leeds Arts University (previously Leeds College of Arts and listed in the specialist Arts, Drama & Music League Table). After entering the table in =81st place, it dips 13 places to =94th – Yorkshire and the Humber’s largest decline.

Leeds Arts comes sixth for Student Satisfaction in the UK and features in the top ten for Student-Staff Ratio. Leeds is the only other university from the region to appear in a top ten for any measure, coming sixth for Academic Services Spend.

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. Yorkshire and the Humber sees an increase in the regional average from 71.9 last year to 74.6 this year. Six of the region’s 11 universities score above the UK average for Graduate Prospects, with Sheffield ranking first with 84.3.

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 AGCAS (the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services) and the Institute of Student Employers.”

In separate listings for 70 subjects, Leeds is included in 51, more than any other institution in the country, making the top ten 23 times. It also moves up the Food Science and Medical Technology tables to come first in both. Sheffield features in 40 tables and in 12 top tens, coming first for Communication & Media Studies.

Four more universities from the region appear in at least one subject top ten: Bradford; Huddersfield; Sheffield Hallam; and York. However, none of these rank first for a subject.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. None of these institutions are from Yorkshire and the Humber.

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