For the eighth year in a row Cambridge University has been awarded the top spot in The Guardian’s ‘University Guide for 2019’.
Following Cambridge in the top five was Oxford in second, St Andrews in third, Loughborough in fourth and Durham in fifth.
This year’s rankings have been affected by the introduction of a new continuation measurement based on whether students continue beyond their first year. The director of Intelligent Matrix, a company that worked with The Guardian to compile the results, explained that “providers that see more students drop out of higher education will see their positions in the rankings decline this year”. Judy Friedberg, editor of the University Guide at The Guardian, added that they wish to prioritise “the factors that are most important to students”, aiming to help prospective applicants in their choice of university.
Owing to such changes and an impressive student continuation rate of 93%, the University of Lincoln has risen 25 places to 22nd on the list whilst Liverpool John Moores, which experienced the biggest rise this year, has jumped from 80th place to 49th on the table.
Amid such changes however, the top 10 remains much the same as last year, with the only change being the rise of Leeds to replace UCL as tenth in the rankings.