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UCL continues to climb in a good year for London universities – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

LSE (London release)
The London School of Economics and Political
Science is top in London for the sixth straight year

Tom Allingham and Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

University College London (seventh) has risen three places in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April), with a number of other London-based institutions also climbing.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (fourth) and Imperial College London (fifth) both fall one place each, but remain two of the three London universities that feature in the national Top Ten. This is the most of any region, with the capital also accounting for 22 of the 129 universities ranked in the Main Table – also a national high.

West London is the biggest climber in the UK, rising 26 places to a record-high ranking at 80th. This jump is thanks to its increased scores for Student Satisfaction, Graduate Prospects, Good Honours (percentage of graduate awarded a 1st or 2:1), Degree Completion, Academic Services Spend and Facilities, the latter of which is the second-highest in the UK.

East London is also among the major climbers nationwide, rising 13 places to 113th courtesy of its significantly increased scores for Student Satisfaction, Academic Services Spend and Facilities Spend. Westminster (95th), Kingston (102nd) and London South Bank (108th) have all climbed by seven places, while SOAS (38th), Brunel (47th), Middlesex (73rd) and Greenwich (93rd) have all risen by five.

Only six of the 22 universities in London fell in this year’s overall rankings. St George’s has dropped nine places to 53rd, while Queen Mary (33rd) and City (42nd) have both fallen by two places. Birkbeck is one of only two new entrants in this year’s main table placing 115th, but with three of its subjects in the Top Ten.

As a region, London’s mean scores for Student-Staff Ratio and Academic Services Spend are both significantly better than the average for both England and the UK, with the latter score the highest of any region in the UK.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Imperial features in the Top Ten in all 14 subjects that it offers, topping one (Civil Engineering). UCL makes the Top Ten in 31 of the 37 subjects that it teaches, retaining the top spot in Building, while LSE features in the Top Ten for ten of the 12 subjects that it offers. In addition, King’s makes the Top Ten in seven subjects; Birkbeck in three; SOAS, Brunel, London South Bank, Greenwich and Queen Mary (top for Dentistry) in two; and Courtauld, City, Goldsmiths, Middlesex, Kingston and Westminster in one.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author 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 can be found 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.”