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UCL climbs Complete University Guide table

26 April 2017

UCL has risen another three places - from 10th to 7th - in The Complete University Guide's main league table for 2018, published today.

Students on portico steps

The Complete University Guide offers comprehensive rankings of over 140 UK universities in one main table and in 70 subject tables.

As well as being 7th in the Guide's main table of UK universities, in the subject-specific tables UCL is in the top ten in 31 of the 37 subjects that it teaches.

The main table is based on ten measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards, Student: Staff Ratio; Spending on Academic Services; Spending on Student Facilities; Good Honours Degrees; Graduate Prospects and Completion.

The 70 subject tables are based on five measures: Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Entry Standards and Graduate Prospects and include 143 universities, university colleges and specialist higher education institutions.

Three London universities feature in the Guide's top ten this year. This is the most of any region, with the capital accounting for 22 of the 129 universities ranked in the main table.

As a region, London's mean scores for Student-Staff Ratio and Academic Services Spend are both significantly better than the average for both England and the UK, with the latter score the highest of any region in the UK.

The Complete University Guide has been publishing university and related league tables online since 2007. The league tables are compiled by Mayfield University Consultants.

The National Student Survey and the 2014 Research Excellence Framework are key data sources for the tables and The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) provides data for entry standards, student-staff ratios, spending on academic services, facilities spending, good honours degrees, graduate prospects, completion and international student enrolments. HESA is the official agency for the collection, analysis and dissemination of quantitative information about universities.


UCL students on the steps of the Portico (Credit: UCL Creative Media Services)