University of Cambridge crowned the Complete University Guide's best university

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The University of Cambridge has come top of the class for this year's annual Complete University Guide rankings, but there have been some significant changes within the league table as new centres of excellence compete for positions of greatness within the Complete University Guide's league table.

Not to be outdone by previous successes, the universities of Oxford and Cambridge have fought to retain their dominance of the performance tables once more. However, places at the top of the table cannot be taken for granted as newcomers have challenged traditional incumbents to rapidly climb the table and secure a place in the top 60. 

Major advancers include Goldsmiths, University of London rising 22 places and the University of Liverpool which saw their ranking rise 6 places to land a spot in the top 20.

St Andrews maintains the prestige of the highest ranked university in Scotland, and Cardiff University remains top of the table in Wales. University of the Arts London claims the highest modern university ranking at 28th, with Harper Adams clinching a close second place sitting comfortably at 32nd in the national league tables.

Every year the Complete University Guide releases UK university and subject league tables to support prospective students in making informed decisions about their future. Regional league tables are also on offer to help people find the right university for them in their area.

This follows on from last month's Whatuni Student Choice Awards which saw students choose their favourite university across a range of categories and celebrate the work of universities up and down the country.

Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said:

"In the latest edition of the Complete University Guide rankings, we extend our congratulations to the University of Cambridge for securing the coveted top spot. Our methodology, rooted in independent measures, reflects vital aspects cherished by students, such as post-graduation job prospects, ratio of staff to students and the quality of the teaching.

"The competitive landscape within the top 20 underscores the exceptional standards upheld by UK universities.

"Furthermore, the dynamic shifts witnessed in the subject league tables emphasise their significance as a crucial resource for prospective students navigating their academic journey, providing invaluable guidance for those seeking clarity on where to pursue their passions."

In a groundbreaking milestone for educational achievement, nearly 80% of graduates have successfully transitioned into graduate-level or professional roles, or are pursuing postgraduate education. This remarkable statistic not only underscores the exceptional calibre of education provided by universities across the UK, but also highlights the dedication and tenacity of our graduates in pursuing their academic and professional aspirations. Within the Complete University Guide data we can see that students who study arts and creative subjects are equally performing well across the regions and nations in the UK.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect, said:

"The 2025 Complete University Guide rankings are an essential compass for students navigating their academic journey. Rooted in unwavering independence, the guide empowers students with crucial insights, ensuring trust and reliability in their decision-making process. Beyond mere rankings, the guide addresses key concerns like cost of living and local crime rates, serving as a comprehensive resource for students and parents alike."