May 30, 2024


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Where Wales’ eight universities stand in the latest UK higher education rankings

Cardiff University has climbed five places and remains the number one university in Wales but has the least satisfied students, according to the latest rankings by The Complete University Guide 2022.

Aberystwyth University is the best university in Wales for student satisfaction and also ranks second in the whole of the UK on that score out of all 130 universities listed. But it trails at 108 out of 130 on graduate prospects,

Cardiff is the best university in Wales on the overall ranking, on which it is ranked 25th in the UK, while Swansea comes second in Wales and 29th in the UK.

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1. Cardiff (up five places to 25th in UK)

2. Swansea (up three places to 29th in UK)

3. Aberystwyth (58th in UK and equal rank to last year)

4. Cardiff Metropolitan (up 24 places to 63rd in UK)

5. Bangor (up two places to 65th in the UK)

6. University of South Wales (up 11 places to 91st in UK)

7. University of Wales Trinity St David (down 12 places to 103rd in UK)

8. Wrexham Glyndwr (down two places to 128th in UK)

Swansea University’s Bay Campus

Five of Wales’ eight universities have climbed up the table, with one remaining equal and two falling slightly in a year that has seen been disrupted by Covid.

Most students have worked off campus online for most of the year. Although next term is hoped to be more normal Cardiff and other universities have said large live lectures won’t happen and will remain online.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has leaped a massive 24 places in the 2022 ranking to 63 out of 130. That’s the highest climb in Wales and second highest rise in the UK after the University of Brighton soared by 32 places to reach 80th on the list.

How Wales’ universities rank on student satisfaction

1. Aberystwyth (second in UK)

2, University of Wales Trinity St David (sixth in UK)

3. Wrexham Glyndwr third in Wales (15th in UK)

4. Swansea, Cardiff Met, Bangor and University of South Wales share joint fourth place in Wales and joint 35th in UK

5 Cardiff (108th in UK)

The Complete Universities Guide (CUG) ranks UK universities nationally and in 70 different subject areas, using a range of different measures including student experience and academic performance.

Cardiff is placed 25th overall in the guide and first in the UK for two subjects with counselling, psychotherapy and occupational therapy, and optometry, ophthalmics and orthoptics both taking the top spot,

Cardiff also comes out top in Wales for six measures: research quality, graduate outcomes, graduate prospects, student-staff Ratio, degree completion, and entry standards.

Cardiff Metropolitan University has leaped 24 places up the CUG rankings this year, the second highest improvement in the whole of the UK

For the first time in more than 10 years Oxford has overtaken Cambridge to take the crown as the UK’s number one rated university in the 2022 CUG.

The annually compiled league tables also show that England has yet again claimed nine out of the top 10 universities. Scotland’s University of St Andrews is the only non-English university in the top ten, coming in at fouth place.

The UK’s top 10 universities, according to CUG



The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

St Andrews

Imperial College London

Durham University

Loughborough University

University College London (UCL)

Warwick University

Bath University

1. Cardiff (16th in UK)

2. Swansea (26th in UK)

3. Bangor (75th in UK)

4. Cardiff Met (88th in UK)

5. USW (100th in UK)

6. Aberystwyth (108th in UK)

7. Wrexham Glyndwr (109th in UK)

8. UWTSD (128th in UK

1. Cardiff (16th in UK)

2. Swansea (44th in UK

3. Cardiff Met (48th in UK)

4. Bangor (94th in UK)

5. USW (106th in UK)

6 UWTSD and Aberystwyth (joint sixth in Wales and joint 115th UK)

7. Wrexham Glyndwr (124th in UK)

Cardiff University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan said: “I’m pleased that we’ve retained our status as the number one university in Wales and risen five places since last year.

“Despite the challenges we have faced this year, there has been sustained performance and improvements in several subject areas. This is testament to the commitment and expertise of our staff and I’m grateful to them for their efforts.

“However, while it’s important for us to understand how we fare in league tables, we do not allow ourselves to be driven by them”

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