Warwick stays in Top Ten while one West Midlands university soars – TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings #cug2019

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Warwick is the West Midland's highest
ranking university in the UK in 2019

Stephanie Butler
25 April 2018

The University of Warwick has fallen one place to ninth in the UK but remains first in the West Midlands in the TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings, published today (Wednesday 25 April 2018).

The majority of universities in the West Midlands have seen a decline in this year’s Main Table. The biggest fallers are the University of Worcester (110th) and Newman University (119th), both down six places.

Staffordshire University (=73rd) has had an unprecedented rise of 32 places, the biggest climb of any university in the UK this year, due to an increase in its Graduate Prospects score.

As a region, the West Midlands ranks lower than the national average in the majority of measures used in TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk 2019 rankings. These measures include Entry Standards, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Student-Staff Ratio, Academic Services Spend and Student Facilities Spend. Despite this, Harper Adams University (48th) ranks first in the UK for Student Facilities Spend, with an average of £1,598 spent per student.

In a year where the entire UK has seen a rise in the number of students graduating with good honours (either a first-class or upper second-class honours degree), the West Midlands has recorded its best mean Good Honours to date (72.2%), however it is again below the national average (74.4%).

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, said: “The proportion of good honours has steadily but inexorably increased at almost all universities. Either students are working harder, or they are being better taught, or something else is happening. But it is one of the criteria over which universities have a significant degree of control.”

After an absence of almost a decade, the University of Wolverhampton has decided to re-enter ranking tables and appears 129th in the table, making this year’s Main Table the first one to rank all eligible UK universities.

Dr Kingston observed: “With the inclusion of the University of Wolverhampton, we are pleased to be able to provide the first full ranking of all 131 eligible UK universities. It has been a long and, at times, difficult journey to reach this point, with debate about public interest and commercial sensitivity to the fore. But throughout, uppermost in our stance has been what’s best for university applicants and ultimately, for the universities themselves. The underlying data in our independent rankings are theirs and their appearance gives both the public at large and the universities an opportunity to compare and contrast in an open and flexible way.”

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Warwick ranks in the Top Ten for 19 of the 28 subjects it teaches, placing first in one (Creative Writing). The University of Birmingham makes the Top Ten for 30 of the 48 subjects it offers, finishing top in two (American Studies and Physiotherapy). Aston University and Coventry University both appear in three subject Top Tens, Keele University in two, and Harper Adams, Staffordshire, and Birmingham City University in one each.

For the third year running, TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk has published a ranking of specialist arts, drama and music institutions, with 13 colleges and conservatoires. None is in the West Midlands.

Simon Emmett, CEO of the Hotcourses Group said: “Since joining the Group three years ago, the Complete University Guide has lived up to its name and, with the return of Wolverhampton, has achieved its goal of publishing the first free-to-access complete rankings of all the UK universities. 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 Hotcourses and its parent company IDP. It complements the counselling and insight programmes and thousands of student reviews which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses.”