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Top five changes to the university rankings 2022

Our university league tables for 2022 have arrived, with a number of interesting changes. See what’s happened this year.

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New table-topper for 2022

For the last ten years, Cambridge has topped the Complete University Guide’s rankings. However, in this year’s tables, Oxford has taken the number one spot. There has always been tight competition between the two, and 2022 sees Oxford and its strengths landing the top position.

Four new subject tables

With new and more data available this year, we have four new subject tables: Childhood & Youth Studies, Health Studies, Paramedic Science and Manufacturing & Production Engineering. Several other tables have also changed names. This means they now cover even more specific subjects, helping you find and compare the courses relevant to you more accurately.

Good return for Scottish universities 

Glasgow, Edinburgh, Strathclyde, Stirling and Dundee are just some of the universities that have climbed up the main university league table for 2022. Scottish universities have also performed well in the subject tables – for example, you’ll see Edinburgh appears in 49 subject tables and Glasgow in 45.

Notable improvements further south and in Northern Ireland

Outside Scotland, the biggest risers in this year’s main university league table come from further south. The table shows Brighton climbing 29 places to 83rd, Essex going up 16 to 25th, and Harper Adams in 28th, rising 13 places. Elsewhere, Ulster has gained 16 places to claim 44th position.

Change of measures with a graduate perspective

You may notice this year’s main table has changed slightly. The previous measure for Good Honours has been removed and a new measure for Graduate Prospects has been added. Now, Graduate Prospects has both an ‘outcome’, which explains how successful graduates have been after uni. ‘On track’ shows to what extent recent graduates believe they’re ‘on track’ with their career plans.

Explore the tables now and find out where universities rank in subject and overall. 

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