Tompkins Table 2013: The Results

JOE WHITWELL tells you everything you need to know about this year’s Tompkins Table. Which isn’t much. It’s pretty much the same as last year.

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Tompkins 2013 is a story of remarkable continuity from last year. 

An impressive 20 colleges have either held onto their position or have only shifted position by one spot. By comparison, 14 colleges did that last year and only 12 the year before.

Those were more exciting times.

This trend of stagnation is even more marked at the lower end of the table with nine of the bottom ten staying put. Only Downing moves, rising eight places to 12th. All three female-only colleges remain in the bottom ten as has been the tale of the past ten years. Only Newnham has managed to break out in that time, reaching the dizzying heights of 13th in 2004 before plummeting back down again the following year.

Champagne corks must be popping in Lucy Cavendish however, as the college explodes out of last place in 29th – where they have been for the last four years – to a much more respectable 28th.

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Officially not as bad as St Edmund’s #winning

At the top end of the table, Pembroke jump up to second from last year’s 4th – a ten year high. Meanwhile, Trinity Hall also re-enters the top five with Emma slipping from 2nd to 4th and Churchill guarding 5th.

 

Thankfully, there are some movers and shakers. Corpus in particular have managed to help keep things vaguely interesting: the college has not only left the top five but exited the top fifteen, sinking 13 places to 16th. Selwyn also fell from 6th to 18th, making it their first time out of the top ten since 2006. This follows the tragic news that outgoing Master, Richard Bowring, will be taking his cat, Gus, with him.

The biggest climber after Downing were Queens’ with a five place leap into the top ten from 12th to 7th. Trinity also did quite well.

The annually compiled Tompkins table, compiled by ex-Cantab Peter Tompkins for The Independent, has received criticism due to its small data samples, particularly from smaller colleges, which lead to large fluctuations in position year on year.

A simple score is awarded for exam results, with 100 per cent for a first, 60 per cent for a 2:1, 40 per cent for a 2:2 and 20 per cent for a third. Unlike the University’s Baxter table, Tompkins takes all years into consideration, rather than just finalists.

Tomkins Table 2013 % Score – % Firsts

1 (1) Trinity, 73.66%, 41.7%

2 (4) Pembroke, 70.85%, 33.7%

3 (8) Trinity Hall, 68.94%, 28.1%

4 (2) Emmanuel, 68.72%, 30.5%

5 (5) Churchill, 68.17%, 28.3%

6 (7) Jesus, 67.47%, 27.1%

7 (12) Queens’, 66.89%, 26.3%

8 (9) Christ’s, 66.76%, 24.7%

9 (10) St Catharine’s, 66.51%, 26.9%

10 (18) Peterhouse, 66.41%, 27.8%

11 (11) Clare, 66.08%, 25.3%

12 (20) Downing, 66.05%, 23.0%

13 (14) St John’s, 65.84%, 25.1%

14 (13) King’s 65.49%, 25.9%

15 (15) Magdalene, 65.00%, 22.8%

16 (3) Corpus Christi, 64.94%, 23.9%

17 (16) Gonville & Caius, 64.85%, 21.1%

18 (6) Selwyn, 64.59%, 21.6%

19 (17) Sidney Sussex 64.37%, 19.8%

20 (19) Fitzwilliam, 64.16%, 21.4%

21 (22) Girton, 62.92%, 18.5%

22 (21) Robinson, 61.95%, 16.2%

23 (23) Newnham, 60.92%, 15.8%

24 (24) Murray Edwards, 60.74%, 13.9%

25 (25) Wolfson, 60.51%, 18.9%

26 (27) Homerton, 60.33%, 16.0%

27 (26) Hughes Hall 57.92%, 13.2%

28 (29) Lucy Cavendish, 57.43%, 13.4%

29 (28) St Edmund’s, 56.35%, 13.4%