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Three South West universities in the UK Top 20 with rising scores for the region in many areas – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league tables #cug2018

Bath uni (south west release)
Bath keeps hold of its Top 20 place in the UK
league table, and first place in the South West 

Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

Bath remains the South West’s best, with Exeter and Bristol also placing within the Top 20 in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league tables for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April).

For the third consecutive year, Bath is in 11th position in the Main Table which this year ranks 129 UK universities. Exeter has fallen one place to 14th, and Bristol has climbed seven places to re-enter the Top 20 UK universities following a drop of nine places to 24th in 2017.

Arts University Bournemouth (61st) has risen by 15 places most notably due to a significant increase in the university’s scores for Entry Standards, Graduate Prospects and Academic Services Spend. Fellow climbers in the region include the West of England, Bristol (60th) and Plymouth (77th), both up seven places, and Gloucestershire (86th) up three.

The largest fall for South West universities this year is Bath Spa (90th) which has slipped by 14 places. Other fallers in the region are Falmouth (62nd) and Royal Agricultural University (107th), both dropping four places, Plymouth Marjon (126th) two, and Bournemouth (57th) one.

The South West’s mean scores for Entry Standards, Good Honours (the percentage of graduates awarded a 1st or 2:1), Graduate Prospects and Completions are all higher than the England and UK averages this year.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Bath features in 27 subject tables with places in the Top Ten for 19 of them, coming first in one (Marketing). Exeter appears in 36 subject tables and in the Top Ten for 24 of them, securing top in one (Sports Science). Additionally, Bristol appears in 23 Top Tens, Plymouth in five, West of England in three, and Bournemouth in two.

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.”