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Cardiff University claims the top spot in Wales for another year

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Cardiff University has once again solidified its position as the premier institution in Wales, clinching the top spot in the highly regarded Complete University Guide rankings for the country. In addition to this remarkable achievement, Cardiff University has secured an impressive 21st position in the national rankings, up 5 places on their 2023 placing, reaffirming its status as a leading institution renowned for its exceptional teaching and groundbreaking research.
Every year the Complete University Guide releases UK university and subject league tables to support prospective students to make informed decisions about their future. The regional league tables help people find the right university for them in their area.
Wales boasts a strong higher education landscape, as evidenced by the impressive rankings achieved by its universities in the highly respected and independent Complete University Guide.
In the overall league tables, Cardiff is joined by Aberystwyth University (39th) and Swansea University (40th) in the top 40 reflecting their commitment to delivering a comprehensive and enriching educational experience. This means Aberystwyth and Swansea have taken the 2nd and 3rd spots in the Wales ranking.
The Complete University Guide’s league table follows on from last month’s Student Choice Awards, hosted by its sister site Whatuni, building on the information available to prospective students to help them make the right decisions as they consider their higher education options.
Within Wales there are pockets of subject-level excellence. Despite the following universities performing below 40th in the overall table, all had high-quality subject rankings reinforcing the importance of looking below the overall ranking. The University of South Wales  (101st) ranks 2nd nationally for Complementary Medicine, as well as 14th for Information Technology & Systems. Wrexham Glyndwr University (130th) ranks 25th for Sociology. Bangor University (52nd) achieved 4th position nationally for Agriculture & Forestry as well as Health Studies.
Universities in Wales continue to demonstrate their dedication to academic excellence, research innovation, and student satisfaction. These achievements further enhance the country’s reputation as a hub for higher education and reinforce its appeal to students seeking a world-class educational experience.
Professor Amanda Chetwynd, Chair of the Complete University Guide Advisory Board, said:
“Congratulations to Cardiff University for achieving a top position in this year’s Complete University Guide regional rankings. The rankings show just how high the standards are among Wales’s top universities.
“Many prospective students in Wales are keen to find the best university in the local area. The Complete University Guide’s regional league tables are a valuable source of information to give local prospective students a greater understanding of what higher education options there are in Wales.”
Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect, said:
“With more and more students thinking about how they can make the most of their university experience, the 2024 Complete University Guide league tables will serve as an important guide. We know these rankings help them to make the right decisions about where and what to study as they take their first steps into higher education.”
“What makes the Complete University Guide special is its independence. Our expert board considers a whole array of information before producing our widely-regarded rankings. The tables’ independence from our other operations remains a crucial part of our organisation and ensures that students, parents, and advisors can trust the results and make informed choices based on them.”
“The Complete University Guide is exactly that. It is complete – as well as academic rankings, our guide covers the issues which parents and students also worry about such as cost of living and local crime rates. We know that when it comes to choosing where to study, the Complete University Guide has it all.”