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July 13, 2011

The AAB+ Battlefield - definitive list of how many AAB+ students there are at English universities

Here it is. The authoritative list of who has how many AAB+ students, based on data released by HEFCE this afternoon. Let battle commence.

AAB+ column - number of entrants in 2009-10 with grades AAB or above from UK and EU

UK% column - percentage of UK entrants with known grades reaching AAB or above.

See below for a table ranked by percentage

See below that for notes

  Ranked by size AAB+ UK %
1 University of Manchester 2776 50.5%
2 University of Durham 2581 84.7%
3 University of Oxford 2568 99.4%
4 University of Cambridge 2554 99.1%
5 University of Nottingham 2505 56.8%
6 University of Leeds 2376 46.5%
7 University of Exeter 2368 74.3%
8 University of Bristol 2199 84.6%
9 University of Warwick 2068 81.0%
10 University of Birmingham 1883 47.7%
11 University of Sheffield 1846 49.4%
12 University of Southampton 1686 54.3%
13 University College London 1648 82.4%
14 University of York 1538 53.0%
15 University of Bath 1496 69.0%
16 University of Newcastle 1332 42.5%
17 King's College 1238 67.9%
18 Imperial College London 1094 95.7%
19 Loughborough University 1042 37.7%
20 University of Liverpool 886 31.7%
21 Lancaster University 740 32.4%
22 Queen Mary, University of London 702 29.4%
23 London School of Economics 686 92.5%
24 University of Sussex 630 29.2%
25 Royal Holloway, University of London 589 32.2%
26 University of Leicester 578 30.1%
27 University of East Anglia 538 24.5%
28 University of Kent 480 10.2%
29 University of Reading 455 19.4%
30 University of Surrey 433 23.4%
31 University of the Arts London 430 11.0%
32 Aston University 429 25.1%
33 City University 414 30.7%
34 Nottingham Trent University 357 5.9%
35 School of Oriental and African Studies 353 57.0%
36 Sheffield Hallam University 340 6.0%
37 Brunel University 325 12.1%
38 Manchester Metropolitan University 290 4.8%
39 University of Northumbria 283 6.6%
40 Kingston University 280 5.5%
41 University of Plymouth 278 6.6%
42 Coventry University 262 7.4%
43 Southampton Solent University 254 7.8%
44 University of the West of England 238 5.4%
45 London Metropolitan University 237 4.7%
46 University of Westminster 235 5.4%
47 De Montfort University 232 4.8%
48 University of Lincoln 232 7.7%
49 University of Hull 228 5.8%
50 Bournemouth University 227 7.3%
51 University of Brighton 215 6.7%
52 University of Huddersfield 214 5.6%
53 Liverpool John Moores University 213 4.7%
54 Oxford Brookes University 213 7.2%
55 University of Essex 200 8.3%
56 University of Teesside 197 8.0%
57 Royal Veterinary College 195 59.9%
58 Goldsmiths College 180 16.5%
59 University of Greenwich 178 3.2%
60 Birmingham City University 170 6.2%
61 University of Central Lancashire 168 4.3%
62 London South Bank University 165 6.5%
63 University of Bedfordshire 163 7.2%
64 University of East London 157 7.2%
65 Anglia Ruskin University 156 6.0%
66 University of Portsmouth 152 3.1%
67 Bath Spa University 144 9.2%
68 University of Worcester 142 7.7%
69 University for the Creative Arts 136 7.8%
70 University of Derby 133 5.3%
71 Middlesex University 126 4.5%
72 University of Chichester 114 12.8%
73 University of Bradford 112 5.0%
74 Leeds Metropolitan University 111 2.5%
75 University of Northampton 110 6.1%
76 University of Cumbria 105 10.1%
77 University of Chester 100 5.7%
78 Keele University 99 5.8%
79 Edge Hill University 97 6.8%
80 Liverpool Hope University 97 7.6%
81 Staffordshire University 91 1.7%
82 University of Hertfordshire 85 1.9%
83 University of Sunderland 79 4.1%
84 University College Falmouth 78 11.3%
85 University of Wolverhampton 76 2.3%
86 Conservatoire for Dance and Drama 71 59.2%
87 Thames Valley University 68 4.9%
88 University of Salford 67 2.5%
89 Arts University College at Bournemouth 67 9.3%
90 University of Gloucestershire 65 3.9%
91 School of Pharmacy 59 37.3%
92 University of Bolton 55 5.3%
93 Blackpool and the Fylde College 52 24.3%
94 Roehampton University 51 4.2%
95 Blackburn College 51 22.3%

Only about 70 per cent of students arrive with known entry grades, and the proportion varies significantly from institution to institution. However, adjusting for the not knowns does not affect the ranking position much.

 

The second column in this table shows the position of the institution when ranked by size.

    Ranked by percentage AAB+ UK %
1 3 University of Oxford 2568 99
2 4 University of Cambridge 2554 99
3 18 Imperial College London 1094 96
4 23 London School of Economics 686 93
5 2 University of Durham 2581 85
6 8 University of Bristol 2199 85
7 13 University College London 1648 82
8 9 University of Warwick 2068 81
9 7 University of Exeter 2368 74
10 15 University of Bath 1496 69
11 17 King's College 1238 68
12 57 Royal Veterinary College 195 60
13 86 Conservatoire for Dance & D 71 59
14 35 SOAS 353 57
15 5 University of Nottingham 2505 57
16 12 University of Southampton 1686 54
17 14 University of York 1538 53
18 1 University of Manchester 2776 51
19 11 University of Sheffield 1846 49
20 10 University of Birmingham 1883 48
21 6 University of Leeds 2376 47
22 16 University of Newcastle 1332 43
23 19 Loughborough University 1042 38
24 91 School of Pharmacy 59 37
25 21 Lancaster University 740 32
26 25 Royal Holloway, London 589 32
27 20 University of Liverpool 886 32
28 33 City University 414 31
29 26 University of Leicester 578 30
30 22 Queen Mary 702 29
31 24 University of Sussex 630 29
32 32 Aston University 429 25
33 27 University of East Anglia 538 25
34 93 Blackpool and the Fylde 52 24
35 30 University of Surrey 433 23
36 95 Blackburn College 51 22
37 29 University of Reading 455 19
38 58 Goldsmiths College 180 17
39 72 University of Chichester 114 13
40 37 Brunel University 325 12
41 84 University College Falmouth 78 11
42 31 University of the Arts London 430 11
43 28 University of Kent 480 10
44 76 University of Cumbria 105 10
45 89 Arts UC at Bournemouth 67 9
46 67 Bath Spa University 144 9
47 55 University of Essex 200 8
48 56 University of Teesside 197 8
49 43 Southampton Solent 254 8
50 69 University Creative Arts 136 8
51 48 University of Lincoln 232 8
52 68 University of Worcester 142 8
53 80 Liverpool Hope University 97 8
54 42 Coventry University 262 7
55 50 Bournemouth University 227 7
56 54 Oxford Brookes University 213 7
57 63 University of Bedfordshire 163 7
58 64 University of East London 157 7
59 79 Edge Hill University 97 7
60 51 University of Brighton 215 7
61 39 University of Northumbria 283 7
62 41 University of Plymouth 278 7
63 62 London South Bank 165 7
64 60 Birmingham City University 170 6
65 75 University of Northampton 110 6
66 36 Sheffield Hallam University 340 6
67 65 Anglia Ruskin University 156 6
68 34 Nottingham Trent University 357 6
69 49 University of Hull 228 6
70 78 Keele University 99 6
71 77 University of Chester 100 6
72 52 University of Huddersfield 214 6
73 40 Kingston University 280 6
74 44 University West of England 238 5
75 46 University of Westminster 235 5
76 70 University of Derby 133 5
77 92 University of Bolton 55 5
78 73 University of Bradford 112 5
79 87 Thames Valley University 68 5
80 38 Manchester Metropolitan 290 5
81 47 De Montfort University 232 5
82 45 London Metropolitan 237 5
83 53 Liverpool John Moores 213 5
84 71 Middlesex University 126 5
85 61 Central Lancashire 168 4
86 94 Roehampton University 51 4
87 83 University of Sunderland 79 4
88 90 University of Gloucestershire 65 4
89 59 University of Greenwich 178 3
90 66 University of Portsmouth 152 3
91 74 Leeds Metropolitan 111 3
92 88 University of Salford 67 3
93 85 University of Wolverhampton 76 2
94 82 University of Hertfordshire 85 2
95 81 Staffordshire University 91 2

Source: Annex D, Teaching funding and student number controls , Consultation on changes to be implemented in 2012-13

I'm wary of over-interpreting the percentage figures. I'm not sure how much can be inferred without a subject-by-subject breakdown. For example, Southampton Solent has 254 AAB+ students. Is that because it has some outstanding departments or because it is in the right place for those students? On the answer to that hangs its vulnerability to AAB+ competition.

To take Cambridge as an example of the data provided, the key student data provided by HEFCE is:

UK-domiciled AAB+: 2433

EU-domiciled AAB+: 121

UK-domiciled unknown: 108

EU-domiciled unknown: 144

Total subject to HEFCE student number controls: 3147

Percentage of known UK-domiciled with AAB+: 99%

Percentage of known EU-domiciled with AAB+: 78%.

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The bottom end of this table will be the ones losing out, I guess.

Oh, and I have a version of this looking at which subject areas within institutions would grow over on the Followers of the Apocalypse.

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