The University of Oxford has claimed the top spot in the South East, according to The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024. Despite its strong performance locally, Oxford ranks second at the national level, being edged out by the University of St Andrews.
This is only the second time in the guide’s 30-year history that neither Oxford nor Cambridge secured the number one position nationally. This year’s top honor went to the University of St Andrews, marking a notable shift in traditional academic hierarchies.
The University of Buckingham has garnered attention as well, being shortlisted for the prestigious “University of the Year” award. Although ranked 56th nationally, its nomination signifies its remarkable contributions to higher education.
Here is a snapshot of the South East Rankings vs National Rankings for the top institutions:
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 also revealed several key trends:
Despite their high academic standing, many top universities still find themselves at the bottom of the rankings in terms of social inclusion. The Russell Group institutions notably occupy 16 of the bottom 20 places in this regard.
“The higher education landscape has never been tougher,” says Helen Davies, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. “Our 30th edition aims to help prospective students, parents, or carers make the most informed choices about their education.”
Other notable winners include:
For a more comprehensive overview and rankings, visit The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.
This extensive guide serves as a crucial resource for prospective students and their families, offering a multitude of information from degree completion rates to graduate employment prospects and more. The 2024 edition also introduces an environmental and ethical standards ranking from People and Planet, as well as guides on scholarships, bursaries, and campus facilities.
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