BY LIZZY BUCHAN
Cambridge University is top of the class once more after being named the best university in the country by an education guide.
The prestigious institution retained first place in the Complete University Guide’s 2015 ranking of UK universities for the fourth year – pipping rivals Oxford University to the post yet again.
The ‘other place’ was ranked second with the London School of Economics (LSE) placed in third position.
A Cambridge University spokesman said: “This ranking, like all the others, reflects the fact that the University of Cambridge is one of the most respected and influential higher education institutions in the UK.”
In separate listings covering 67 subjects, Cambridge took top place in 29 subjects out of the 46 it offers, and was also in the top 10 for 45.
Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) has fallen 11 places since last year to be ranked 116th in the table, which was published today (Monday).
Professor Michael Thorne, Anglia Ruskin University’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “The evidence is when choosing a university most potential students look to the Guardian University Guide, where we are 67th. We can see why.”
Different factors were considered for the rankings, including student satisfaction, research assessment, student to staff ratios, graduate prospects and entry standards.
It also considered spending on academic services, spending on student facilities, good honours degrees achieved, and completion.
The data for the rankings, which is published online, was obtained from the 123 universities themselves.
Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of the Complete University Guide, said: “The league tables, taken with the rankings for specific subjects, offer would-be students an accurate and independent guide to the UK university system.
“They should not be used in isolation but alongside all the other advice and information in the Guide.”
Dr Kingston added: “Its tables are recognised for their stability and consistency, and this year once again demonstrates this.”
Nationally the top 10 universities are Cambridge University, Oxford University, London School of Economics (LSE), St Andrews, Durham, Imperial College London, Warwick, Bath, University College London (UCL) and Exeter. (Cambridge News)