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4th July, 2022

City, University of London ranked in the top 40 universities in the UK

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City, University of London has moved up 14 places to 40th in the Complete University Guide (CUG) 2023. City is one of the biggest improvers in the top half of the table.

The CUG is a key league table for prospective students making their decision about which university to choose, particularly UK students applying for undergraduate study. Its methodology looks at both a university’s student offer and the quality of its research.

City’s recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) results and improvements in graduate prospects have contributed significantly to the improved CUG ranking.

Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein, President of City, University of London said:

“This is great news and testament to the hard work and commitment of all colleagues at City. Our recent excellent REF results and our focus on helping our students go on to get great jobs have both contributed to our improved ranking”.

The online CUG attracts over ten million visitors each year. The main league table is based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects – outcomes, Graduate Prospects – on track, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, and Completion. It includes 130 institutions.

In this year’s ranking, City is:

  • 15th in UK for ‘graduate prospects on track’ (a measure of whether recent graduates agree that their current activity aligns with their future plans)
  • 21st in the UK for graduate prospects (the success of graduates after leaving university)
  • 36th in the UK for research quality

City’s strong performance in the graduate prospects metrics has been underpinned by a long-standing commitment to supporting the employability of our students, captured in our existing institutional employability strategy, the Employability Development Plan which has led to the integration of Career Focus Education and professional experience in all UG programmes.

City’s ranking against both graduate prospects metrics has increased by 22 places. The ‘on track’ performance is judged by feedback from graduates themselves about how satisfied they are with their career progression so far.

At subject level, key highlights include:

  • Communication & media studies ranked 1st in the UK overall and 1st for graduate prospects outcomes.
  • Marketing ranked 2nd in the UK overall and 1st for research quality. 1st in London
  • Business & management studies ranked 12th in the UK overall, 2nd for research quality and 3rd for graduate prospects on track.
  • Accounting & finance ranked 14th in the UK overall, 2nd for research quality and 8th for graduate prospects on track. 3rd in London
  • Music ranked 21st in the UK having moved up 25 places. 3rd in London
  • Sociology ranked 22nd in the UK having moved up 41 places. 3rdin London
  • Nursing – 2nd in London overall
  • Medical Technology – 1st in London for graduate prospects on track
  • There were substantial increases in overall rank for Computer science (+26), Psychology (+20) and Politics (+18).

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