Cambridge Beats Oxford In New Complete University Guide League Table 2013

Cambridge has beaten Oxford to first place in a new university league table, it was revealed on Monday.

The prestigious institution took the top spot in the latest annual Complete University Guide for the third year running.

The picturesque university has once again beat Oxford

Oxford climbed back up to second after dropping down to third place behind the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) last year.

The table used available data to rank universities on nine measures including student satisfaction, research, entry standards, staff to student ratios, spending on academic services, spending on facilities, good honours degrees, graduate prospects and completion data.

In total, 124 UK institutions were included in this year's guide, which is published online, compared with 116 last year.

The top 10 universities overall this year were Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Imperial College London, Durham, St Andrews, University College London, Warwick, Bath and Exeter. All apart from Exeter were featured in last year's top 10.

This year's biggest climber according to the new table is Northampton, which has risen from 101st to 62nd.

Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of the Complete University Guide, said it was "beyond dispute" that the table's top 10 "includes some of the world's finest higher education institutions".

Director Nova Jayne Robinson said that the guide gives would-be students "reliable and comprehensive" information when making university choices.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of vice-chancellors' group Universities UK, said: "It is good that there is a growing amount of information about university courses to help inform potential students. However, league tables and guides cannot tell the whole story about universities and individual courses. Positions can vary from one table to the next, based often on small statistical margins.

"Applicants, and those advising them, will want to consider a fuller range of information before they make their final choices."