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Ulster climbs the table while Northern Ireland offers highest honours – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League tables #cug2020

1 May 2019

Queen’s, Belfast remains the higher ranked of the two Northern Irish universities in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk2020 rankings, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019).

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Queen's University, Belfast is the top ranked
university in Northern Ireland once again. 

Queen’s (37th) drops one place from last year, but is still comfortably ahead of Ulster (=58th), despite the latter’s rise of 15 places.

Nationally, Graduate Prospects continue to grow year-on-year, with the average score for the UK now at 75.5, up from 73.0 last year. Queen’s scores higher than average with 82.4, while Ulster is slightly below the average with a score of 70.9.

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).”

Both universities help Northern Ireland perform well in Good Honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree), Research Quality and Research Intensity, being the top region in all these criteria. Good Honours continues to increase this year, with Northern Ireland overtaking last year’s number one, Scotland.

The two Northern Irish universities maintain good performances in the separate tables for 70 subjects. Queen’s appears in 41 subject tables and is in the top ten on nine occasions, down from ten last year.

Ulster performs better and is in 41 subject tables, one more than 2019, and maintains its six top ten places. It ranks first for Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics, while Queen’s does not top any subject.

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 the institutions are from Northern Ireland.

Simon Emmett, CEO of IDP Connect, said: “These independent and unbiased league tables are used by almost a million applicants and their advisers monthly and are, as importantly, also well respected by the universities themselves for their accuracy and stability.

“The Guide is an essential element of the wide-ranging portfolio of information, advice and guidance available through IDP Connect.

“It complements the thousands of student reviews, chatbot technology and face-to-face counselling in over 30 countries which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses.”

Fully online and free to access, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk university rankings provide users with independent and trustworthy league and subject tables. Each of the Guide’s tables can be sorted by their individual measures, year, region and mission group (including unaffiliated universities).