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Cambridge University is number one

The Pepys Library at Magdalene College Cambridge Photo: sxc.hu

Cambridge has taken the number one spot in a university league table. The London School of Economics and Political Science came second, and Oxford took third place.

It is the second year running that Cambridge has topped the annual Complete University Guide, which ranks 116 universities on student satisfaction, research, entry standards, student to staff ratio, spend on academic services, spend on facilities, graduate prospects, good honours degrees and completion rates.

Cambridge took first place for entry standards, and completion rates, as well as joint first for research, along with Oxford and LSE. It also scored highly on many of the other categories.

Overall, the top 10 universities this year were Cambridge, LSE, Oxford, Imperial College London, Durham, Warwick, St Andrews, University College London, Lancaster and Bath.

At the other end of the scale, Bolton University and the University of East London were bottom.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of the guide, said it is helpful to students choosing a university for several reasons.

"Entry standards, what the Ucas tariff is, is one that's very important, because they can use the table to look at those universities which they are likely to be able to get into. They can use it as a criterion for pulling together a shortlist on the basis of the A-levels they're likely to get."The other area of the spectrum is graduate destinations and graduate prospects...Students are looking to find out how many people at a university got a graduate job after finishing their degree".

– Dr Bernard Kingston. Principal author of the Complete University Guide

The rankings of 116 universities are listed below. Their positions in last year's guide are included in brackets.

  1. (1) Cambridge

  2. (4) The London School of Economics and Political Science

  3. (2) Oxford

  4. (3) Imperial College London

  5. (5) Durham

  6. (8) Warwick (6) St Andrews

  7. (7) University College London

  8. (9) Lancaster

  9. (10) Bath

  10. (11) Bristol

  11. (12) York

  12. (15) Exeter

  13. (20) Loughborough

  14. (14) Southampton

  15. (13) Edinburgh

  16. (21) Glasgow

  17. (16) King's College London

  18. (17) Nottingham

  19. (23) Leicester

  20. (19) Sussex

  21. (28) Surrey

  22. (24) Newcastle (22) Birmingham

  23. (31) Queen's University Belfast

  24. (33) Royal Holloway

  25. (27) East Anglia

  26. (26) Sheffield

  27. (29) Manchester

  28. (18) School of Oriental and African Studies

  29. (30) Liverpool

  30. (34) Reading

  31. (35) Kent

  32. (32) Leeds (25) Aston

  33. (37) Cardiff

  34. (40) Strathclyde

  35. (41) City

  36. (39) Essex

  37. (38) Heriot Watt

  38. (50) Brunel

  39. (36) Queen Mary

  40. (43) Dundee

  41. (47) Aberdeen

  42. (46) Oxford Brookes

  43. (44) Keele

  44. (48) Hertfordshire

  45. (59) University of the Arts, London

  46. (54) Swansea

  47. (45) Stirling (57) Goldsmiths

  48. (51) Robert Gordon

  49. (66) Lincoln

  50. (60) Northumbria

  51. (42) Buckingham

  52. (64) Hull

  53. (58) Huddersfield

  54. (49) Aberystwyth (61) University of the West of England

  55. (52) Ulster

  56. (63) Bournemouth

  57. (55) Nottingham Trent

  58. (67) Birmingham City (53) Plymouth

  59. (72) Coventry

  60. (78) Bangor

  61. (56) Chichester

  62. (80) Chester

  63. (65) Central Lancashire

  64. (68) Brighton

  65. (73) Bradford

  66. (62) Sheffield Hallam

  67. (77) Westminster

  68. (75) Gloucestershire

  69. (85) Bath Spa

  70. (70) Winchester

  71. (82) Portsmouth

  72. (97) Salford

  73. (69) Cardiff Metropolitan

  74. (81) De Montfort

  75. (76) Glasgow Caledonian

  76. (103) Bedfordshire

  77. (71) Middlesex

  78. (87) Queen Margaret

  79. (88) Kingston

  80. (100) Canterbury Christ Church

  81. (93) Manchester Metropolitan (74) Roehampton

  82. (91) Sunderland

  83. (101) Liverpool John Moores

  84. (84) Edinburgh Napier

  85. (83) Glamorgan

  86. (107) Buckinghamshire New University

  87. (96) Leeds Metropolitan (79) University for the Creative Arts

  88. (90) Teesside

  89. (98) Edge Hill

  90. (108) Derby (86) Cumbria

  91. (105) Glyndwr

  92. (104) Northampton

  93. (110) Greenwich

  94. (102) York St John104. (92) Trinity Saint David

  95. (89) University of Wales, Newport

  96. (109) Anglia Ruskin

  97. (106) Worcester

  98. (99) Staffordshire

  99. (94) West London (113) London South Bank

  100. (95) Abertay, Dundee112. (111) Southampton Solent

  101. (112) University of the West of Scotland

  102. (116) London Metropolitan

  103. (114) East London

  104. (115) Bolton

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