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Climbing 41 places in 3 years in the Complete University Guide

Student working in the studio with a range of tools
  • Written byDan Austin
  • Published date 25 June 2021
Student working in the studio with a range of tools
Anna Tsuda working with tools in the studio. Photo by Alys Tomlinson

UAL has moved up 8 places to number 43 in the Complete University Guide 2022, out of a total of 130 institutions. Following positive performances in 2019 and 2020, we have climbed the ranking by 41 places in 3 years.

This year’s position within the top 50 also places us 7th among London-based universities and top in terms of specialist arts institutions. The metrics which contributed to our score include strong performances in the areas of student satisfaction, research quality and degree completion. As well as the overall rankings, the Complete University Guide rates institutions by subject area. We have risen in the rankings for Art and Design this year.

About the Guide

The Complete University Guide is a widely cited online ranking of 130 UK universities in 1 main table, plus 70 individual subject tables to help students compare courses at different universities.

The main table is based on 10 measures: student satisfaction, research quality, research intensity, entry standards, student/staff ratio; spending on academic services; spending on student facilities; good honours degrees; graduate prospects and completion.