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London School of Economics back in top three, but majority of capital’s universities fall – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables #cug2019

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LSE takes back the title of UK number three

Stephanie Butler
25 April 2018

The London School of Economics and Political Science is third in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

It is closely followed by Imperial College London (fourth), which along with the London School of Economics has climbed one place after being overtaken by Scotland’s University of St Andrews in the 2018 table.

The region has the largest number of universities in the Top Ten, and the capital accounts for 22 of the 131 universities ranked in the Main Table. However, out of all London universities featured in this year’s rankings 13 have dropped one or more places.

Middlesex University has had the largest decline, falling 32 places to 105th, and City, University of London (=66th) has fallen 24 places, both as a result of a decrease in Graduate Prospects scores. London’s biggest climber is St Mary’s University, Twickenham (104th), which is up 16 places.

Across the different measures, London universities prove their strengths: Imperial College London ranks the best nationally for Research Quality and is followed by London School of Economics; St George’s, University of London ranks first nationally for Graduate Prospects and is followed by Imperial College London; and University College London has the best Student-Staff Ratio in the UK. Middlesex ranks second nationally for Academic Services Spend.

Furthermore, London has the highest score for Academic Services Spend across the nation, with an average spend of £1,709 per student, compared to a national average of £1,514.

Throughout all parts of the UK the number of students graduating with good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree) has increased year-on-year since inception of the tables. London universities have achieved their highest Good Honours scores to date (74%), despite being below the national average (74.4%).

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 covering 70 subjects, the London School of Economics features in the Top Ten for 10 of the 12 subjects it teaches, taking joint-first position with Scotland’s University of Strathclyde (40th) for Social Policy, and is the only London university to rank first in a subject table. University College London appears in the Top Ten for 29 of the 37 subjects it offers, and Imperial College London appears in the Top Ten for all 14 subjects it teaches.

Additionally, King’s College London is in six subject Top Tens; the University of Westminster is in four; the Royal Veterinary College, Queen Mary, University of London, SOAS University of London, Brunel University London, City, and the University of Greenwich are all in two each; and the Courtauld Institute of Art is in one.

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 – nine are London-based. The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London ranks first in the table, with the Courtauld Institute of Art placing third.

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.”