New rankings show the West Midlands’ top universities held their positions last year – although Birmingham City University suffered a fall.
The University of Warwick is the leading university in the West Midlands, according to TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, rising in national rankings from eighth to seventh place.
The University of Birmingham is the region’s only other representative in the national top 20, at 17th place, the same as last year. Keele and Coventry are also up, from 45th to 43rd place and from 58th to 51st places respectively.
However, BCU was one of 10 to fall more than 10 places – dipping 16 notches to 82nd position.
The University of Cambridge heads the ranking of 123 UK universities, with Oxford in second place and the London School of Economics and Political Science third.
The University of Wolverhampton and University College Birmingham were two of only four institutions in the four countries who declined to release data for use in the ranking.
Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of TheCompleteUniversityGuide.co.uk, 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.”
In separate listings covering 67 subjects, Warwick appears in the national top ten for 19 of the 27 subjects it offers, heading the table in three (American Studies, Communication and Media Studies, and Dance, Drama and Cinematics). The University of Birmingham is ranked in the top ten for 17 of the 48 subjects it offers, and is first for one (Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation & Tourism). Aston is in three top ten subject lists, and is first for Ophthalmics. Keele appears in two top tens, and Coventry and Harper Adams in one.