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Loughborough’s lead strengthens while the East Midlands has the nation’s most satisfied students –  TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings #cug2019

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Loughborough University is top once again
in the East Midlands

Stephanie Butler
25 April 2018

Loughborough University climbs three places in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018). It is seventh place nationally and remains the East Midlands’ highest ranked university.

Six out of the nine universities from the East Midlands have risen in the nationwide Main Table, while the other three have fallen. De Montfort University (70th) is the region’s biggest climber, up 12 places and partly recovering from its fall of 28 last year.

Nottingham Trent University (42nd) climbs ten places to overtake Coventry University from the West Midlands (47th) to become this year’s top ‘new university’ (post-1992), just pipping the University of Lincoln (43rd).

As a region, the East Midlands is the top performer in the UK for Student Satisfaction with a score of 4.10 out of 5.00, compared to the national average of 4.06. It also has the highest score for Student Facilities Spend with an average of £808 per student, compared to the national average of £621.

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. The East Midlands has recorded its best mean score for Good Honours to date (74.1%), although this is still lower than 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, Loughborough appears in the Top Ten for 14 of the 28 subjects it teaches, coming first in Building and Librarianship & Information Management. The University of Nottingham features in the Top Ten for 19 of the 48 subjects it teaches, ranking first for Agriculture & Forestry. In addition, Nottingham Trent makes the Top Ten for six subjects, Lincoln in two, and De Montfort, the University of Leicester (34th) and the University of Derby (89th) all in one subject Top Ten each.

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 in the East Midlands.

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.”