St Andrews University Tops UK Rankings
St Andrews University has beaten off stiff competition from Oxford and Cambridge Universities’, to be named the best university in the UK.
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide mentions that this represents the first time in the 30-year history that the Oxbridge institutions have been surpassed.
With a world pandemic effecting in person teaching, the move to online teaching for most universities have seen a substantial fall in student satisfaction and teaching quality.
However, St Andrews was able to buck this trend with only a small decline in satisfaction rates, whilst Cambridge fell from first to third place and Oxford remained unchanged in second.
Commenting on the table, Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said the achievement by St Andrews should not be underestimated. He said: “It is no fluke. The university has been closing in on the Oxbridge duopoly for several years, buoyed by outstanding levels of student satisfaction which have peaked during the past year of pandemic disruption on campus.”
“Strange to say for an institution that has been around for 600 years, but topping our UK rankings for the first time truly marks St Andrews ‘arrival’ as a serious challenger to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.”