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27 April, 2015 - 09:28 By Kate Sweeney

Cambridge retains UK’s top university ranking

UEA vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson

The University of Cambridge has retained number one position in The Complete University Guide’s top ranking of the UK’s universities, published today.

It once again knocks Oxford into second place based on a broad raft of criteria from entry standards and student satisfaction to quality of teaching in specific subjects and job prospects for graduates.

Cambridge scores a massive 1,000 points, getting close to top marks across the board. Oxford was on 989.

The University of East Anglia remains in the national top 20 but drops one place on last year to 16th with a score of 828. The University of Essex climbs five places from 39th to 34th on 759.

The University of Hertfordshire with a score of 612 was one of 11 universities nationally to fall by 10 places or more. It slipped 14 places to 74th following a seven-place drop last year.

The University of Bedfordshire, with a score of 484, climbed by seven places to 110th to overtake Anglia Ruskin University, which itself improved one place to 115th on 453 points.

In separate listings covering 67 subjects, Cambridge takes top place in 36 of the 44 degree subjects it offers and is in the top 10 for all of them.

UEA appears in 33 subject tables and is in the top 10 nationally for eight. Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Anglia Ruskin all achieve one top 10 subject.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of, 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. Its tables are recognised for their stability and consistency, and this year once again demonstrates this.”

UEA vice-chancellor Professor David Richardson (pictured) said: “Our consistent appearances in the top tiers of league tables reinforces our position as a leading university.

“The Complete University Guide is a prestigious and well-respected guide and we’re delighted to be in the Top 20. And our ninth place in the WhatUni table – voted for by students recently - demonstrates our students’ satisfaction even further.

“I’m proud of the hard work of our students, teaching and administration staff for their continued efforts in making UEA such a success.”

• To review all the rankings across the East of England and the UK go to

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