London School of Economics (LSE) and Imperial College remain in the top five among big rises and falls in the capital – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

LSE (fourth) and Imperial (fifth) both fall by one place but remain in the top five UK universities, according to TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019). 

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London School of Economics is the highest
ranking of 22 London universities in the
main table.

University College London (UCL) maintains tenth place, meaning the capital continues as the only region in the UK with more than one university in the overall top ten. King’s College London (25th) rises one place, partially making up for the loss of five places last year.

The capital has 22 universities in the Main Table – more than any other region – and there are significant movements for several. Three universities move up the rankings by ten or more places: University of the Arts, the city’s biggest climber, gains 23 places to go 61st. Greenwich (=83rd) moves up 13 to achieve its highest ever ranking. Middlesex, the biggest faller in last year’s table, jumps 16 places to 89th.

The other London universities on the up are: SOAS University of London (=44th); St George’s, University of London (47th); City, University of London (57th); London South Bank (87th); Kingston (93rd); St Mary’s, Twickenham (=97th); and London Metropolitan (126th).

In contrast, five universities fall by more than ten places. Brunel sees the largest drop of 19 places to rank 69th, and the University of West London falls 11 places to 90th. Goldsmiths (72nd), Roehampton (=81st) and Westminster (92nd) all fall ten places. Queen Mary (41st) and East London (116th) suffer smaller drops of three and seven respectively. Ravensbourne (131st) is new to the Main Table having gained university status – previously appearing in the specialist Arts, Drama and Music table.

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. After a small decline in Graduate Prospects last year, London as a region still scores slightly lower than the UK average (74.9). However, St George's has the highest Graduate Prospects score in the UK (94.0), while Imperial College (90.4) ranks second for this measure. South Bank (87.7) comes fourth and LSE (86.1), eighth.

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 subject tables, LSE is the only London university to take a top spot, ranking first in Social Policy. Out of its 12 appearances, LSE features ten times in a subject top ten. Other notable performers are Imperial College, which makes the top ten in 13 of the 14 subjects tables it features, and UCL, which ranks in the top ten in 25 of 37 possible tables.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. Eight of these institutions are in London. Courtauld Institute of Art moves up two places to regain first place, replacing the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (fifth) which drops four places. The rest of the top five – Royal College of Music (second), Guildhall School of Music and Drama (third) and Royal Academy of Music (fourth) – are all London institutions.

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