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UK University Ranking 2018

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英國大學排名2018

The Making of UK University Rankings

The Good University Guide published by the Times takes into account of a wide range of criteria (such as student satisfaction, research quality, entry standard, graduate prospects, etc) to evaluate the quality of education in an university. The Guide’s more holistic approach is believed to be able to reflect standards in both teaching and learning, as well as academic researches, which is why we have always recommended the Good University Guide as the quantitative reference when students and parents choose the right university

The Good University Guide is created with secondary school leavers as their target readers. Therefore, in its methodology it also focuses on undergraduate programmes. This year we have produced a simplified version of the methodology behind the university rankings, in order to help students and parents better understand its values:

Ranking Criteria Weighting
Student Satisfaction
Data of the Student Satisfaction score comes from the National Student Survey (NSS), where final-year students are asked to provide feedback on their course before they graduate. The NSS focuses on two main areas of teaching quality and learning experience:

Teaching Quality (representing 67% of the Student Satisfaction score) covers a number of teaching-related ratings from the NSS:

  • Teaching: Did students find their teachers good at explaining things? Did their teachers make the subject interesting?
  • Learning Opportunities: Did the course provide adequate opportunities for students to explore ideas or concepts in depth? Did students have the opportunities to apply what they have learned?
  • Assessment & Feedback: Were marking criteria made clear to students in advance? Did students receive helpful comments on their work?
  • Academic Support: Were students able to contact the teaching staff when they needed support? Did they receive good advice and guidance in relation to the course?

Student Experience (representing 33% of the Student Satisfaction score) focuses on ratings on course organizations:

  • Organization & Management: Was the course well organized and run smoothly? Did the timetable works efficiently for students?
  • Learning Resources: Did IT resources and facilities efficiently support student’s learning? Did the library provide adequate learning resource?
  • Learning Community: Did students feel that they’re part of a community of staff and students? Were students provided with the right opportunities to work with other students?
  • Student Voice: Were students provided the opportunities to provide feedback on their course? Did the students’ union effectively represent students’ academic interests?
17%
Research Quality
The overall quality ratings from the Research Excellence Framework (REF) conducted in 2014 is used to evaluate standard of academic research of an institution. The REF is a national appraisal exercise carried out by UK higher education funding bodies of UK Government, which is conducted about every few years. Result of the next REF will be announced in 2021.
17%
Entry Standard
Mean tariff point scores on entry for first-year, first-degree students based on major public examinations in the UK, such as A-levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB), as well as the Scottish public examinations Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers. The higher the mean tariff point score, the higher the entry standard score in the rankings, which reflects a generally better ability profile of students.
11%
Graduate Prospects
Percentage of graduates who entered full-time professional employment within six months after graduation. The calculation includes UK-domiciled students only.
11%
First/2:1
Percentage of students who graduated with a first or upper second-class degree
11%
Completion Rate
Percentage of students projected to complete their degree, based on the HESA Performance Indicator
11%
Student-Staff Ratio
Total number of full-time students divided by the number of full-time teaching staff (where research-only staff is excluded from the formula)
11%
Services/Facilities Spend
A two-year average of expenditure on academic services and facilities for staff and students, divided by the total number of full-time students
11%

Overall UK University Ranking (2018)

2018
University Ranking
2017
University Ranking
UK University
1 1 University of Cambridge
2 2 University of Oxford
3 3 University of St Andrews
4 5 Imperial College London
5 4 Durham University
6 9 Lancaster University
7 11 Loughborough University
7 6 University College London (UCL)
9 7 University of Warwick
10 13 University of Leeds
11 8 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
12 12 University of Bath
13 15 University of East Anglia
14 9 University of Exeter
15 16 University of Birmingham
16 19 University of Bristol
16 17 University of York
18 20 University of Nottingham
19 14 University of Surrey
20 29 University of Glasgow
21 24 University of Sheffield
22 30 University of Essex
23 28 University of Dundee
24 37 University of Edinburgh
25 32 University of Manchester
26 22 Newcastle University
27 18 University of Sussex
28 27 King’s College London
28 34 Royal Holloway, University of London
30 21 University of Southampton
31 23 Kent University
32 31 University of Reading
33 36 Harper Adams University
34 25 University of Leicester
35 46 Cardiff University
36 35 SOAS, University of London
36 44 Swansea University
38 26 Queen’s University Belfast
39 37 Heriot-Watt University
40 44 University of Aberdeen
41 48 University of Strathclyde
42 39 University of Liverpool
43 40 Queen Mary, University of London
44 47 Coventry University
45 43 University of Stirling
46 33 Aston University
47 41 University of Buckingham
47 56 Aberystwyth University
47 57 Nottingham Trent University
50 42 Keele University
51 64 Arts University Bournemouth
52 49 Liverpool Hope University
53 59 University of Portsmouth
54 51 Lincoln University
55 61 Bangor University
56 84 University of West London
57 60 University of the West of England, Bristol
58 53 University for Creative Arts
59 54 Brunel University
60 88 Norwich University of the Arts
61 81 University of Chester
61 58 Edge Hill University
63 92 Staffordshire University
63 54 Goldsmiths, University of London
65 77 University of Huddersfield
66 65 Northumbria University
67 96 Leeds Trinity University
67 67 De Montfort University
69 52 Falmouth University
70 86 Liverpool John Moores University
70 79 Sheffield Hallam University
72 82 University of Chichester
73 68 University of Ulster
74 78 Roehampton University
75 76 University of Bradford
75 70 St George’s, University of London
75 65 University of Hull
75 50 City, University of London
79 62 Bournemouth University
80 72 Manchester Metropolitan University
81 83 University of Derby
82 86 Robert Gordon University
83 71 University of Gloucestershire
84 69 Oxford Brookes University
85 72 University of Winchester
86 63 Royal Agricultural University
86 80 Plymouth University
88 98 University of Salford
89 91 University of Hertfordshire
90 89 Cardiff Metropolitan University
91 74 Middlesex University
92 101 Teesside University
93 101 University of Central Lancashire
94 75 Bath Spa University
95 95 Bishop Grosseteste University
96 100 University of Sunderland
97 97 University of Northampton
98 85 Abertay University
99 116 St Mary’s University, Twickenham
100 106 University of the West of Scotland
100 110 Southampton Solent University
102 101 Queen Margaret University
102 90 Worcester University
104 - Trinity Saint David, University of Wales
105 93 Birmingham City University
106 117 University of Westminster
106 120 London South Bank University
108 121 University of Bedfordshire
109 99 Glasgow Caledonian University
109 107 Greenwich University
111 114 Canterbury Christ Church University
112 104 University of Brighton
113 108 Anglia Ruskin University
114 123 University of East London
115 109 University of the Arts London
116 93 Edinburgh Napier University
117 122 Kingston University
118 110 York St John University
119 115 University of South Wales
119 105 Plymouth Marjon University
121 112 Newman University, Birmingham
122 - Birkbeck, University of London
123 112 Leeds Beckett University
124 124 University of Bolton
125 119 University of Cumbria
126 118 Buckinghamshire New University
127 125 Glyndwr University
128 127 London Metropolitan University
129 126 University of Suffolk

The Importance of Subject Ranking

When looking at the university ranking table, students should be aware that it is based on overall performance of the universities, and therefore may not necessarily reflects a university’s strength in a specific subject area. For many reasons, some universities that are leading in a specific subject area might be ranked relatively low in the overall ranking table. This phenomenon is more common in newly developed subjects (such as hospitality & tourism). For students who have chosen a specific subject, subject ranking tables will be a better reference.

Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Accounting & Finance
1 41 Strathclyde
2 12 Bath
3 6 Lancaster
4 10 Leeds
5 7 Loughborough
Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Communication & Media
1 21 Sheffield
1 7 Loughborough
3 10 Leeds
4 26 Newcastle
5 6 Lancaster
Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Hospitality & Tourism
1 15 Birmingham
2 14 Exeter
3 70 Liverpool John Moores
4 54 Lincoln
5 41 Strathclyde
Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Pharmacy
1 1 Cambridge
2 16 Bristol
3 41 Strathclyde
4 18 Nottingham
5 38 Queen’s, Belfast
Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Physiotherapy
1 82 Robert Gordon
2 15 Birmingham
3 75 Bradford
4 30 Southampton
5 18 Nottingham
Subject Ranking Overall Ranking Politics
1 3 St Andrews
2 2 Oxford
3 9 Warwick
4 7 University College London (UCL)
5 22 Essex
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Downloading
the Subject Ranking Tables

In order to help students choose the most suitable university, we have gathered information on subject ranking, entry requirement and pathway programmes for the subject areas below, which you can download for free!

Accounting & Finance
Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering
Animal Science & Vet Nursing
Anthropology
Archaeology & Forensic Science
Architecture
Art & Design
Biological Sciences
Building & Surveying
Business Studies
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Communication & Media
Computer Sciences
Criminology
Dentistry
Drama, Dance & Cinematics
Economics
Education
Electrical & Electronic Engineering
English
Food Science
Geography & Environmental Sciences
History
History of Art, Architecture & Design
Hospitality & Tourism
Land & Property Management
Law
Linguistics
Materials Technology
Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Medical-Related Subjects (such as Counselling, Nutrition & Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Speech Therapy, Chiropractic, Optometry, etc)
Medicine
Music
Nursing
Pharmacy & Pharmacology
Philosophy
Physics & Astronomy
Physiotherapy
Politics
Psychology
Radiography
Social Policy
Social Work
Sociology
Sports Science
Town Planning & Landscape Architecture
Veterinary Medicine

Updated: 2017-12-12

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