Oxford remains top in the South East and second in the UK as the rest of the regional table reshuffles – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 league tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

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

Oxford stays second in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019), as the South East’s universities both rise and fall.

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.

Southampton remains in 20th place, the only university in this region, other than Oxford, not to move in the rankings. Royal Holloway (=23rd) climbs five positions and Surrey (=23rd) drops four places. Along with London, the South East is the only region with four institutions in the top 25.

Sussex (32nd) slides down seven places, dropping out of the top 30, with Reading falling eight to 40th. Kent (49th) falls a further five places after last year’s drop of 11. However, the seven-place rise of the University for the Creative Arts (48th) means the South East now has eight universities in the top 50 – one more than last year.

Oxford Brookes (51st) improves by 15, achieving its best ranking since 2015. Solent (105th) and Buckinghamshire New (115th) are the only other universities in the region to improve, both going up seven places.

Despite these performances, there are some notable falls in the rankings. Brighton (114th) drops again, this time by eight places. Buckingham (=107th) loses 31 places and Winchester moves out of the top 100 for the first time, slipping 15 places to 106th. Portsmouth (=53rd) and Chichester (88th) both fall two places, while Canterbury Christ Church (117th) drops six.

Oxford has the best score in the entire table for four of the ten measures: Academic Services Spend; Student-Staff Ratio, Degree Completion and the awarding of Good Honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree).

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. The South East improves on its score of 71.7 last year to 74.6. Nine universities in the region score above the mean with Portsmouth (85.2) ranking highest in the South East and 16th nationally.

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 separate listings for 70 subjects, Oxford is in the top ten for each of the 37 subjects it offers and increases the number of subjects where it tops the tables from six to nine. Southampton leads the way in three subjects, while Reading is the only other university in the region to place first in the subject tables, topping Land & Property Management for a fifth year running.

Southampton doubles its score of nine top tens last year to 18, while Surrey has seven. Kent makes five top tens, Reading and Oxford Brookes appear in four each, Sussex in three, Royal Holloway in two and Portsmouth one.

For the fourth year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 12 colleges and conservatoires. None of these institutions are from the South East.

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