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Warwick Fifth in Times Good University Guide 2005

Originally published 17 May 2004

Today sees the publication of The Times’ Good University Guide 2005. Warwick is up three places to take fifth place after seeing a rise in entry standards, library and computer spending, facilities spending, the number of firsts and upper class seconds awarded and graduate destinations.

Warwick scores particularly highly on teaching quality and the employability of our graduates beating most other top ten institutions.

To see the Top 99 Universities in full see the online version on The Times website -,,716,00.html

How to Read the Table

Remember this is league table season, there are a number of university league tables published by UK newspapers and each presents their statistical data in a slightly different way – they have to be different to sell the papers! No single newspaper university league table should be taken as the gospel truth but taken together they represent a fair overall picture of relative university rankings.

Admissions Equality

The site also features commentary on the results. Sir Peter Lampl, chairman of the Sutton Trust, commissioned a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) survey which recently concluded that state-school teenagers are losing out even though their A-level results are on average two grades better than the candidates who are admitted from the independent sector.

All of the top universities except Warwick and York were well below HEFCE’s benchmark targets for admission of state students.

Student Popularity Contest

According to UCAS data Warwick is also within the top ten for student popularity.

Most applications

For student popularity, these universities are the winners:

1 Leeds 51,805

2 Manchester 49,177

3 Nottingham 47,288

4 Birmingham 37,394

5 Manchester Metropolitan 37,173

6 Bristol 35,790

7 Edinburgh 35,748

8 Ulster 32,369

9 Sheffield 31,934

10 Warwick 29,836

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