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Nottingham closes in on Loughborough but elsewhere it’s a mixed picture in the East Midlands – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Loughborough (East Midlands release)
Loughborough has now been the top university
in the East Midlands for six straight years

Tom Allingham
26 April 2017

Nottingham has entered the Top 20 universities in the UK and narrowed the gap between itself and Loughborough in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk’s 2018 rankings, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

At 10th place nationally, Loughborough remains the East Midlands’ top ranked university, despite falling three places. Following its jump of four places last year, Nottingham has risen by three to rank 18th, closing the gap between itself and Loughborough to just eight places.

Nottingham Trent (52nd) is the region’s biggest climber, rising 11 places thus regaining from the fall by ten last year. The university has improved in a number of measures in this year’s table, most notably in Degree Completion, Graduate Prospects and Academic Services Spend. Bishop Grosseteste also climbs, jumping five places to 114th, while Leicester rises two places to 30th.

De Montfort is the biggest faller both within the East Midlands and in the nationwide Main Table, which ranks 129 UK universities. De Montfort this year drops 28 places to 82nd, while Northampton (110th) suffered the UK’s third biggest fall, dropping 23 places and exiting the Top 100 in the process. Derby has fallen six places to 97th, while Lincoln drops one place to 50th and is replaced by Coventry as the UK’s top ‘new university’ (former polytechnic).

As a region, the East Midlands has recorded mean scores for Student Satisfaction, Facilities Spend and Degree Completion all above the averages for both England and the UK.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Loughborough features in the Top Ten for 14 of the 29 subjects it teaches, finishing first for Librarianship & Information Management. Nottingham appears in 51 subject tables, making the Top Ten in 22 and topping the table in two (Agriculture & Forestry, and Social Work). In addition, Lincoln makes the Top Ten for three subjects, with Leicester in two, and Nottingham Trent, De Montfort, Derby and Northampton all in one Top Ten apiece.

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said: “It is ten years since TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk launched its online university league tables, and they have proved their accuracy, independence and robustness over the decade.

“This year there is a considerable degree of stability at the upper end of the league table, as in the past. This stability, while it may not attract the headlines, demonstrates that the rankings fulfil our principal objective – to provide credible and freely accessible information for individuals seeking a university place.

“The Government has said that applicants need access to robust, timely and objective information, based on criteria that are straightforward and easily understood.

“We believe that TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk meets these criteria and more and we intend that this will remain the case for the next decade – and beyond. Indeed, we use the same three metrics which the Government plans to include in its much-heralded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).”

For the second year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking table of specialist arts, drama and music institutions. This table shows remarkable consistency, with no institution moving more than two places.

TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk allows greater flexibility than newspaper and book-based guides. All the Guide’s university league tables can be sorted by their individual measures, and also filtered by year, region and mission group (including unaffiliated universities). The league table, full methodology and other information are available on the website.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of the Hotcourses Group, which acquired TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk in October 2015, said: “The rankings provided by TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk are widely respected and cited both at home and, importantly, overseas.

"The rankings are well known for their editorial integrity and independence, key qualities which we know will remain under the continued guidance of Dr Bernard Kingston. It is a pleasure to work with him and his expert team, to whom I offer my warmest congratulations on this latest release.

“The CUG league tables increasingly enjoy a symbiotic relationship with the very different Whatuni Student Choice Awards. Both exist to help students make one of the most important decisions of their lives – the right choice of subject and the right university for them.”