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Durham Uni ranked top in the North East

Durham University has been named the top university in the Northeast by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

This year the Uni has risen to its highest ever position of fourth in the league table.

However it fell out of the country's top 10 according in the Times Higher Education (THE) world university rankings which has just been released.

The university dropped two places and is now ranked 12th best in the UK.

On a global stage it dropped from 70th in 2015/16 to joint 96th.

This year Teesside entered the rankings for the first time.

How did other North East universities do?

The league table as published in The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 Credit: The Times/Sunday Times

How Durham performed in the Guide:

  • The demand for places has been even stronger since Durham joined the Russell Group of research-intensive universities in 2012. Applications were up by another 5% in 2015, although there was only a small rise in the numbers awarded places.
  • Four-fifths of the work assessed for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was rated as internationally excellent or world-leading.
  • Areas of particular strength include anthropology, archaeology, chemistry, classics, education, English, law — the Durham Law School was ranked third in the UK in the 2014 research ratings – music, physics and theology.
  • In one of 67 specialist tables published this weekend, Durham’s music department is rated top in the UK by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, heading the music subject table.

Newcastle University

  • Newcastle University registers high levels of student satisfaction, finishing in the top 30 for teaching quality and the top 15 for the broader student experience in the National Student Survey.
  • Almost 80% of the research entered for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Neuroscience, English and computing science rated as leading departments in the UK.
  • Newcastle tops two of the subject tables published this weekend by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, finishing ahead of the pack in art and design, and communication and media studies.
  • For those applying straight from school, Newcastle represented the best chance of securing an offer from a Russell Group university in 2015. Offers were made to more than nine out of 10 18-year-olds — a significantly higher proportion than in previous years, although the numbers eventually taking up places went up almost 10%.
  • The university’s home campus is in the heart of a city that is frequently rated top for student life and has a number of unusual features for a traditional university, such as a fine art degree with intense competition for places, and a longstanding reputation for agriculture, which benefits from two farms in Northumberland.

University of Northumbria

  • Northumbria is the biggest university in northeast England, with almost 34,000 students from 131 countries.
  • It has been raising entry standards rather than expanding further, so much so that it now has the lowest-ranked Russell Group universities in its sights in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide’s measure of the entry qualifications of the students it attracts.
  • For the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 60% of the university’s work was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent, attracting one of the biggest increases in research funding at any university.