Warwick University has climbed two places to sixth in the latest rankings of UK seats of learning.
The improvement was revealed in this year’s Complete University Guide which ranks 116 universities on student satisfaction, research, entry standards, student to staff ratio, spend on academic services, spend on facilities, graduate prospects, good honours degrees and completion rates.
Cambridge took top spot in a new league table of universities for the second successive year, with the London School of Economics and Political Science beating Oxford to second place.
The University of Birmingham’s position was unchanged at 22, as was Aston’s at 25.
Birmingham City University was ranked 63, up from 67 last year. Worcester came in at 107, down one place on 2011, and Staffordshire was at 108, falling from 99 last year.
The University of Wolverhampton was not ranked.
A statement on the university’s website said it had not appeared in any media league tables since January 2010 as they “disadvantaged universities such as Wolverhampton and do not represent a fair picture of our strengths”.
Dr Bernard Kingston, principal author of the guide, said it was useful for students choosing a university for several reasons.
“Entry standards, what the Ucas tariff is, is one that’s very important, because they can use the table to look at those universities which they are likely to be able to get into,” he said.
“They can use it as a criterion for pulling together a shortlist on the basis of the A-levels they’re likely to get.
“The other area of the spectrum is graduate destinations and graduate prospects.”
Students are looking to find out how many people at a university got a graduate job after finishing their degree, he added.
Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of Universities UK, said: “It’s good that there is a growing amount of information about university courses to help inform potential students. However, league tables and guides cannot tell the whole story about universities and courses and positions will vary from one table to the next, based often on small statistical margins.
“Applicants, and those advising them, will want to consider a fuller range of information before they make their final choices.”