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Out of their league – Cardiff still Wales’ best university despite drop

Cardiff University has fallen in the rankings of a newly published league table.

The table, published last week by the Complete University Guide, listed Cardiff as the 35th best UK university out of 127 institutions. This highlights a four place drop for Wales’ leading university, down from 31st last year. This is also the second year in a row Cardiff has fallen in university rankings.

Quoted in Wales Online, Cardiff University’s vice-chancellor Prof Colin Riordan cautioned that “it is important to retain a sense of perspective” concerning university league tables, however admitted that they do bare some level of significance.

He said: “Whether you like them or not they are there; it’s like the weather, you might not like it when it rains but you take an umbrella and do what you can.

“They are part of the external conditions that we have to deal with.”

Despite the fall in UK rankings, Cardiff University maintained its position as Wales’ premier higher education institution. It place ten places above Swansea, who stayed at 45th in the country, while Bangor lost ground, slipping to 62nd.

Cardiff Metropolitan had cause for celebration, rising seven places to 72nd, the second year a row that it has moved up the league tables. Aberystwyth fell one place to 87th, while the University of South Wales gained three places to move into the top 100, at 99th.

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