2025 Complete University Guide names Durham University as best in the North East

Durham has placed first in the region and sixth in the UK overall

Durham University has been named the best in the region by the 2025 Complete University Guide.

The guide also ranked Durham University as the sixth best university in Britain. Last year, the university ranked eighth overall, meaning it has risen two places in the past year.

In the league table, Durham scored an overall score of 89%, with a student satisfaction score of only 77%, yet a graduate prospects score of 89%.

Other universities to feature in the top five for the North East are Newcastle University, Northumbria University, the University of Sunderland, and Teesside University. Newcastle achieved 26th overall, Northumbria 34th, Sunderland 72nd, and Teesside 100th.

In a statement obtained by The Chronicle, Professor Amanda Chetwynd, chair of the Complete University Guide advisory board, said: “In the latest edition of the Complete University Guide rankings, we extend our congratulations to the University of Cambridge for securing the coveted top spot. Our methodology, rooted in independent measures reflects vital aspects cherished by students, such as post-graduation job prospects, ratio of staff to students and the quality of the teaching.

“The competitive landscape within the top 20 underscores the exceptional standards upheld by UK universities. Furthermore, the dynamic shifts witnessed in the subject league tables emphasise their significance as a crucial resource for prospective students navigating their academic journey, providing invaluable guidance for those seeking clarity on where to pursue their passions.”

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