Swansea is Wales’ highest climber in the Complete University Guide 2019

Swansea University has been ranked 39th in the overall 2019 Complete University League Tables, making it Wales’ biggest climber after rising five places.

The Complete University Guide (CUG) is an independent guide, which analyses 131 universities across the UK, looking at areas such as graduate prospects, student satisfaction, student facilities, and spend per student.

Swansea University remains the top university in Wales for graduate prospects, ranked 18th in the UK with 82.2% of its graduates securing graduate level employment or pursing further study. The University has also seen an improvement in:

  • Student satisfaction – up 20 places to 36th
  • Entry standards – up 16 places to 66th
  • Facilities spend – up 14 places to 54th

In separate listings covering 70 subjects, Swansea features in 37 subject tables with over half (21) of these subjects improving their rank. Seven subjects are ranked in the top ten of their respective subject tables, with a further seven featured in the top 20.

  • Complementary Medicine 1st
  • Medicine 4th
  • Materials Technology 8th
  • Celtic Studies 8th
  • Medical Technology 9th
  • Sports Science 10th
  • American Studies 10th

The following subjects have also made a significant improvement, climbing by 10 or more places from last year’s rankings:

  • Communications and Media Studies 23rd
  • Politics 41st
  • Nursing 25th
  • General Engineering 14th
  • Physics and Astronomy 24th
  • German 32nd

Welcoming the news, Professor Hilary Lappin-Scott, Senior Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research and External Recognition), said: “I am delighted to see Swansea continuing to climb the Complete University League Table, now narrowing the gap with Cardiff to just six places. This latest ranking reinforces Swansea’s position as one of Wales’ best universities, and is evidence of our improved performance and rapidly-growing reputation of providing top quality teaching, research, student satisfaction and graduate jobs.

“The improvements in our subject rankings also reflects the effort and hard work of our staff and students, and we now have 25 of the 37 subjects we offer in the UK top 30, signifying the quality right across the institution.  

“The overall table once again shows we are top in Wales and one of the best in the UK for graduate prospects, something that we work very hard at with our staff, students and business networks. Our Teaching Excellence Framework assessment also recognised this and we were commended for ensuring high proportions of students from all backgrounds achieve positive outcomes”.

Simon Emmett, CEO of the Hotcourses Group, said: “These independent and unbiased league tables are used by almost a million applicants and their advisers monthly and are, as importantly, also well respected by the universities themselves for their accuracy and stability.

“The Guide is an essential element of the wide-ranging portfolio of information, advice and guidance available through Hotcourses and its parent company IDP. It complements the counselling and insight programmes and thousands of student reviews which, altogether, offer the biggest, busiest and unparalleled worldwide resources available on UK higher education institutions and their courses”.

Click here to view the Complete University Guide results in full.