For the primary time ever, neither Cambridge nor Oxford have topped The Occasions and The Sunday Occasions Good College Information, with the College of St Andrews securing the No 1 spot.
No college has been positioned greater than the Oxbridge establishments within the guide‘s 30-year historical past, or another home college rankings.
St Andrews, in Scotland, has been closing in on the highest spot for a number of years with excessive scholar satisfaction scores.
In the course of the pandemic, the college pivoted its small-class educating mannequin to on-line supply strategies, registering solely a slight decline in satisfaction charges within the Nationwide Pupil Survey.
Scores in establishments have largely fallen this yr, serving to propel St Andrews to the highest of the rankings – 4 proportion factors forward of its rivals.
St Andrews additionally scored extremely in the latest Analysis Excellence Framework and for its marine analysis division.
Alastair McCall, the editor of The Occasions and The Sunday Occasions Good College Information, stated: “St Andrews’ achievement in topping our institutional desk shouldn’t be underestimated.
“It’s no fluke. The college has been closing in on the Oxbridge duopoly for a number of years, buoyed by excellent ranges of scholar satisfaction which have peaked through the previous yr of pandemic disruption on campus.”
The vice chancellor of the College of St Andrews, Professor Sally Mapstone, stated she is “thrilled for our college students, employees and alumni”.
“After all, we’ll get pleasure from this outstanding outcome, and I count on there could also be a bit good-natured cross-border teasing amongst colleagues,” she stated.
“We’ve been in superb firm near the highest of this essential league desk for a number of years, however till now, all the time on somebody’s shoulder.”
Cambridge was first within the information’s rankings for social inclusion, with Oxford coming in second place.
Over 53% of scholars at Cambridge have been from personal faculties, whereas 29.3% of scholars have been from ethnically numerous communities and 15.4% have been the primary to go to school of their household.
At Oxford, 45.6% of scholars went to non-grammar state faculties, over 86% have been first-generation college students and 29.3% have been from ethnically numerous communities.
Each universities did enhance the proportion of scholars from non-selective state faculties – in 2018 the determine was 40.1% at Cambridge and 39.4% at Oxford.
Solely two universities out of 132 – Imperial School London and the College of Surrey – noticed a rise in scholar satisfaction.
Imperial School additionally gained the information’s College of Yr and the College of Yr for scholar satisfaction awards.
It has overtaken the London College of Economics and Political Science as the highest London college.
The College of Surrey has been awarded the College of the Yr for graduate employment.