Manchester come joint 28th in this year’s Sunday Times league table

At least we’re still the most fun uni in the Russell Group

The Sunday Times’ University Guide 2016 has been released, and we’ve snagged the joint 28th spot alongside Leicester.

We lost out to the usual suspects like Oxbridge and Durham, but took a battering from our Russell Group peers.

Unbelievable though it is, our nearby north-western rivals Lancaster beat us on student experience, presumably as a lot of them commute to us for a night out.

It’s all numbers, we are the best

It’s OK though, we have a better student experience than eight of the unis that still ranked above us (LSE, UCL, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Leicester and Kings).

Our research department that had us recently tipped as 33rd in the world in uni rankings also fell short of the mark in terms of percentage quality at 39.8%.

Despite these slightly disheartening stats, they did show that we are one of the harder unis to get into on our part of the table, with the average applicant having to achieve a score of 435 UCAS points to be accepted – almost 100 more than Man Met.

It turns out only 7.1% of us drop out, but one of the main things that let us down was the fact that only 75.7% of us get 2:1s and firsts when we keep on going.