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Oxford retains its premier position while others in the South East falter – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table #cug2018

Oxford Uni (South East release)
The University of Oxford once again narrowly
misses out on the top UK spot to Cambridge 

Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

Oxford remains the South East’s number one and the UK’s number two, while the majority of universities in the region have seen a drop in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league tables for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

All four universities immediately below Oxford in the South East have fallen in the Main Table, which this year ranks 129 universities, with Southampton (26th) falling nine places, Surrey (13th) and Kent (25th) falling two, and Sussex (19th) falling one.

This year Buckingham (80th) has dropped 25 places, while Winchester (85th) and Buckinghamshire New (124th) have dropped 11.

Climbers from the South East in 2018 are Canterbury Christ Church (105th), which has risen by seven places; University for the Creative Arts (54th) and Portsmouth (56th), both risen by five; Royal Holloway, University of London (34th) by three; and Brighton (89th) and Reading (26th) by one.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Oxford appears in the Top Ten for all 38 subjects it teaches, topping the table in five (Computer Science, Medicine, Philosophy, Politics, and Psychology). Surrey features in the Top Ten for 17 of the 33 subjects it offers, coming first in two (Food Science, and Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism). Reading appears in the Top Ten for eight of the 34 subjects it teaches, topping the table in one (Land and Property Management). In addition, Southampton appears in the Top Ten for nine subjects it teaches; Sussex in six; Oxford Brookes and Kent in three; Royal Holloway, Brighton and Portsmouth in two; and Canterbury Christ Church in one.

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.”