cug2020-720x479px-min 2020 rankings see the University of Birmingham climb two places to reach 13th in the UK.

The 2020 rankings also see University of Birmingham named top in the West Midlands region for graduate prospects.

The rankings are based on ten measures: Entry Standards, Student Satisfaction, Research Quality, Research Intensity, Graduate Prospects, Student-Staff Ratio, Spending on Academic Services, Spending on Student Facilities, Good Honours Degrees, and Completion. It includes 131 institutions (131 last year).

The University also appears in the top ten for 27 of the 39 subjects offered to students, finishing top in the UK for American Studies.

Professor Sir David Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the University of Birmingham, said:

“Our improved Complete University Guide ranking stands as further recognition of our Teaching Excellence Framework Gold rated teaching, world leading research, continued investment in high quality facilities and some of the very best graduate prospects in the sector.”

Dr Bernard Kingston, Chairman of, commented:

“The evidence is clear; the increased emphasis, including funding, on employability and career planning within academic departments and student services is bearing fruit.

“Many institutions now have this as a core element of their strategic plans with the introduction of innovative programmes of subject-specific careers events focussed on embedding and signposting graduate destinations.

“This is being supported through increased links to alumni and outside professionals leading to higher-skilled work experience. Such developments have been strongly encouraged by prestigious annual awards from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) and the Institute of Student Employers (ISE).”

For more information please contact Dominic Benson, Deputy Director of Communications, University of Birmingham, on +44 121 414 5134. Alternatively, contact the Press Office out of hours on +44 (0)7789 921165.

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