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Oxford remains top in the South East and second in the UK as region shows the strength of its universities – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables #cug2019

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Oxford is top again in the South East and
second for the whole of the UK

Griffin Shiel
25 April 2018 

The University of Oxford stays second in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 league tables, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018), as the South East’s universities demonstrate their strength.

Oxford has continued its impressive streak of finishing in the top two in 11 out of 12 of the Guide’s Main Tables since the first publication.

The University of Surrey and the University of Sussex both dropped six places to 19th and 25th respectively. The University of Southampton made up for last year’s fall in the rankings by moving up six places to 20th meaning the South East has four universities inside the top 25. This is more than any other region, with Royal Holloway, University of London not far off, having moved up seven places to joint-28th.

The University of Portsmouth (51st) also continued its improvement in the recent rankings. It has now moved up 38 places since the 2011 table to become one of the highest ranked ‘post-1992’ universities in the country.

Despite these impressive performances from some of the region’s highest-ranking universities, there are some notable falls in the rankings. The University of Reading fell five places to 32nd and the University of Kent (44th) dropped 11 places, a fall which has been attributed to a significant increase in the student-staff ratio. The University of Brighton (106th) fell 17 places, dropping out of the top 100 for the first time.

Oxford also leads the way for Academic Services Spend and the awarding of good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree).

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 for 70 subjects, Oxford is in the Top Ten for each of the 37 subjects it offers and takes the top spot in six. Reading is the only other university in the region that places first for a subject, ranking first for Land & Property Management for the fourth year running, whilst making the Top Ten in five other subjects. Southampton and Surrey both make nine Top Tens, Kent, Royal Holloway, Portsmouth, Oxford Brookes University (=66th) and Sussex all appear in at least 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, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 13 colleges and conservatoires. None is from the South East.

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.”