University league tables are out today. Warwick shone and neighbouring Coventry is a rising star.
Cambridge came out top of The Guardian’s overall league table of British universities with Oxford second and St Andrews third.
From the Midlands, Warwick was best (6th), improving from ninth last year, according to the results, beating Durham and Imperial. Loughborough was 11th and Coventry came a commendable 15th, up from 27th last year. It shone as the best placed ex-polytechnic ever in the listings.
Birmingham was two places below at 17th, and Nottingham was at 28th. Leicester weighed in at 32nd in the list of 119 higher education universities. Aston was one below at 33. Keele was 42nd and Nottingham Trent at 51st .
The table is based on spending per student, student/staff ratio, career prospects and student satisfaction.
Further down the list were Gloucestershire (54), De Montfort (65) and Derby(73), which fell from the top fifty in last year’s list. Ex-poly Staffordshire rolled in at 83 followed by Birmingham City University at 86.
Moving towards the cellar, Worcester came in at 103 (16 places from the bottom).
Bottom, if you wish to know, at 119 was Bucks New University.