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Warwick drops out of the top ten as other West Midlands universities gain ground – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 rankings #cug2020

1 May 2019

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Warwick is the West Midland's highest
ranking university in the UK in 2020

Warwick falls three places to 12th in the UK, but remains top of the West Midlands in the TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2020 University League Tables, published today (Wednesday 1 May 2019). This marks the only occasion Warwick has not appeared in the top ten.

The majority of universities in the West Midlands see an increase in this year’s Main Table. The only institutions to decline, apart from Warwick, are Coventry (=53rd) and Newman (125th), both down six. 

By contrast, Harper Adams (27th) gains 21 places this year, the most in the region and third biggest rise overall, making it the highest ranked ‘new’ (post-1992) university in this year’s table. Two other large increases come from Aston (34th), jumping 11, and Staffordshire (=58th), up 15. Both Birmingham (13th) and Keele (52nd) climb two, while Birmingham City (91st) and Wolverhampton (124th) increase six and five respectively, and Worcester (109th) rises one.

As a region, the West Midlands ranks lower than the national average in the majority of measures used in the table. These measures include: Entry Standards; Research Quality; Research Intensity; Student-Staff Ratio; Degree Completion; Academic Services Spend; and Student Facilities Spend.

Despite this, Harper Adams continues to rank first in the UK for Facilities Spend, with an average of £1,908 spend per student, a large increase on last year’s spend of £1,598. Even Essex is a distant second, spending £1,442 per student.

Along with the rest of the UK, the West Midlands has improved its Graduate Prospects score (77.0) and remains above the national average of 75.5. Seven of the region’s 11 universities score above average, with Birmingham ranking first in the region with a score of 85.3.

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).”

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Warwick ranks in the top ten for 17 of the 28 subject tables it appears in, but has lost its only first place (in Creative Writing) to Lancaster. Birmingham makes the top ten for 27 of the 49 subjects it offers, finishing top for American Studies. This is the only UK number one spot for any university in the region.

Coventry has increased its appearances in the top tens from three to five, while Keele gains one to feature in three. Aston loses a top ten spot in two of its three subjects from last year, sharing a single one alongside Harper Adams, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton.

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 these institutions are in the West Midlands.

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