The University of St Andrews has broken the Oxbridge duopoly having been named second in the Guardian University Guide 2021 for the second year in a row by virtue of high student satisfaction and overall student experience. The University beats The University of Cambridge, having in previous years, beaten The University of Oxford.
The University of St Andrews has broken the Oxbridge duopoly having been named second in the Guardian University Guide 2021 for the second year in a row by virtue of high student satisfaction and overall student experience.
This comes after news of the university being named top in Scotland.
For decades, the Oxbridge duopoly have presumed first and second place in every UK university league table. However, 2020 saw the first triumph of the University of St Andrews over Oxford.
This year, the University of St Andrews received a “Guardian score” of 98/100, ranking it above Cambridge with a score of 95.4/100.
The University of Oxford was awarded first place on the table with a full score of 100 whereas the University of St Andrews followed. Durham University was ranked fourth with a score of 81.5/100.
Dan Marshall, president of the St Andrews Students’ Association, spoke of the accomplishment.
He said, “To receive this recognition from the Guardian is great news for St Andrews. I think it is a testament to the hard work and initiative of the students and staff who help make St Andrews so unique.”
Professor Sally Mapstone, St Andrews’ principal and vice-chancellor, also welcomed the news:
She said, “For a small Scottish university to be competing amongst the very best in the United Kingdom reflects our commitment to the highest standards of learning, teaching and student experience. Our warmest congratulations to Oxford on securing the top spot this year.
“This ranking is significant because it comes at a difficult period for students across the country who have experienced a year like no other, and are facing a very different university experience.
“It’s so important that while we encourage students to observe safe behaviour, we empower and support them to show what they can do during these enormously restrictive times.
“That is a priority for us in St Andrews.”