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Queen’s, Belfast falls but remains Northern Ireland’s top university – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Queen's Belfast (NI release)
Queen's University, Belfast is still the top
university in Northern Ireland 

Tom Allingham
26 April 2017

Queen’s, Belfast has once again been ranked as the top university in Northern Ireland, despite falling two places in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk’s league table, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

Although it climbed three places last year, Queen’s, Belfast (35th) has now fallen in the rankings in four of the last five years. Northern Ireland’s only other university, Ulster, drops one place to 71st.

Despite both of the region’s institutions falling in the Main Table, which this year ranks 129 UK universities, Northern Ireland as a nation has improved in a number of measures. The region’s mean scores for Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Facilities Spend and Degree Completions were the highest of any country in the UK.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Queen’s, Belfast makes the Top Ten for nine of the 41 subjects it teaches, while Ulster features in 41 subject tables, finishing in the Top Ten in four.

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.”