The Times and the Sunday Times published their combined Good University Guide 2018 at the end of last month. Cambridge and Oxford once more filled the top two spots, with Cambridge having topped the league table for the past five years.
The papers also identified centres of excellence in individual subject areas, based on outcomes, student opinion and other criteria. Cambridge came first in 30 subjects, including Maths, Chemistry and History. Their nearest rival, Oxford, finished top in only five subjects. Cambridge also had the highest course completion rate in the UK, with 98.9% of students finishing their degrees.
The top ten universities in the guide (and their positions last year) are as follows:
- Cambridge (Ranking in 2016: 1)
- Oxford (Ranking in 2016: 2)
- St Andrews (Ranking in 2016: 3)
- Imperial College London (Ranking in 2016: 5)
- Durham (Ranking in 2016: 4)
- Lancaster (Ranking in 2016: 9)
- = University College London (Ranking in 2016: 6)
- = Loughborough (Ranking in 2016: 11)
- Warwick (Ranking in 2016: 7)
- Leeds (Ranking in 2016: 13)
Lancaster named University of the Year
First opening its doors in 1964, Lancaster was the highest placed university of the 1960s generation of academic institutions and was also named University of the Year by the paper.
Editor of the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide Alastair McCall said: “Rising to its highest ever ranking in our league table this year, Lancaster is at the top of its game. It knows the university it wants to be and as a result makes a distinctive offer to students.
“The modern interpretation of a collegiate structure, coupled with flexible degree programmes and academics committed to teaching as well as research has been recognised in consistently good outcomes in the annual National Student Survey. Students love Lancaster.”