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Warwick remains top in West Midlands alongside substantial downward movement within other universities – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2018 league table #cug2018

Warwick uni (west midlands release)
The University of Warwick is top in the region
once again 

Stephanie Butler
26 April 2017

Warwick retains eighth place and its title as the top university in the West Midlands, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk league table for 2018, published today (Wednesday 26 April), reveals.

Birmingham has dropped one place to 16th but remains the second-best university in the region for the seventh consecutive year.

Other universities in the West Midlands that have fallen in this year’s Main Table – which ranks 129 universities – are Aston (49th), which has fallen 19 places; Worcester (104th), which has fallen seven; Birmingham City (99th) and Staffordshire (105th) which have fallen four; and Keele (48th), which has fallen two.

Coventry (43rd) has overtaken Harper Adams, Keele and Aston this year after climbing seven places. In doing so, it replaces Lincoln as the UK’s highest ranking ‘new university’ (former polytechnic), an accolade it relinquished to that same university only last year. Harper Adams stays in 46th place, while Newman climbs five places to 112th.

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Warwick makes the Top Ten in 23 of the 29 subjects it offers, topping one (Creative Writing). Birmingham ranks in the Top Ten for 30 of the 49 subjects it offers (finishing top in American Studies and Physiotherapy), while Keele makes the Top Ten in five of the 31 subjects it offers, topping one (Forensic Science). Elsewhere, Coventry makes the Top Ten in five subjects, Aston in three and Harper Adams in one.

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.”