Leeds’s two major universities have improved their standing slightly in an annual league table of the country’s higher education institutions.
Both Leeds University and Leeds Metropolitan University rose one place in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.
The universities were ranked 29th and 103rd respectively. The city’s newest university – Leeds Trinity – came a place behind the Met, in 104th.
The top university overall was Cambridge. In Yorkshire, universities in both York and Sheffield ranked above the Leeds trio.
The league table is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student-to-staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.
Leeds University achieved a student satisfaction level of 83.2 per cent. A poll found 69.2 per cent of its graduates were in jobs or further study.
A University of Leeds spokesman said: “We are pleased that this improved position continues to reflect our consistent performance in such guides, which can provide a helpful snapshot for prospective students.
“We recently maintained our strong position in the highly-respected 2013 National Student Survey and look forward to building on this with further investment in facilities for students such as the new £27.5m undergraduate library, on which construction is well underway.”
Leeds Met’s student satisfaction rating was 79 per cent. Just over 60 per cent of graduates were found to be have secured jobs or further study.
No-one from the Met was available for comment yesterday.