Posh university league - which uni's the poshest?

Does your uni have the highest percentage of privately educated students? Find out the results of the posh university league here...

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For some people university is the first time they meet a posh person. They stand open mouthed when asked which school they went to, thinking ‘why on earth would anyone want to know that?’.

For other people university is the first time they meet a state school person or ‘pauper’. They gaze with wonder at the varied nature of their attire - perplexed and slightly alarmed that it doesn’t fit into the polo shirt / chinos / deckers / pashmina & pearls set uniform that they know and love.

The thing about British universities is that some have huge amounts of posh people, whereas in others they’re hardly to be found at all. Just like at some universities everybody's sleeping with each other and drinking like there's no tomorrow and at others it's more about going steady and a nice cup of tea... uni's have their own distinctive flavours as these two previous leagues showed us;

University Sex league

University Drinking League - who drinks the most?

So, to clear up the question of exactly how posh each uni is in the UK, we’ve had a look at the data and drawn up The Posh University League.

| Rank | University | Percentage of students from independent schools | | :---: | --- | :---: | |1| Courtauld Institute of Art| 54.1%| |2| Royal Agricultural College| 53.7%| |3| Royal College of Music| 50.9%| |4| The University of Oxford| 45.7%| |5| Royal Academy of Music| 43.1%| |6| University of Durham| 40.8%| |7| The University of Cambridge| 40.7%| |8| The University of St Andrews| 40.6%| |9| The University of Bristol| 39.1%| |10| Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine|36.9%| |11| University College London| 34.7%| |12| The University of Exeter| 31.9%| |13| The University of Nottingham| 30.5%| |14| Guildhall School of Music and Drama| 30%| |15| The University of Edinburgh| 29.6%| |16| London School of Economics and Political Science| 29.2%| |17| King's College London| 28.7%| |18| The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne| 28.5%| |19| Oxford Brookes University| 27.6%| |20| The University of Leeds|26.9%| |21| The University of Bath| 25.8%| |22| Royal Northern College of Music| 25.6%| |23| The University of Warwick| 25.3%| |24| Heythrop College| 23.4%| |25| The School of Oriental and African Studies|22.5%| |26| The University of Birmingham| 22.4%| |27| The University of Manchester| 21.9%| |28| The University of York| 20.9%| |29| The University of Aberdeen| 20.5%| |30| The Royal Veterinary College| 19.7%| |31| Loughborough University| 18.4%| |32| Edinburgh College of Art| 18.4%| |33| Royal Holloway and Bedford New College|18.3%| |34| Harper Adams University College|18%| |35| Glasgow School of Art|17.3%| |36| St George's Hospital Medical School| 16.6%| |37| The University of Reading| 16.2%| |38| Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance| 15.6%| |39| The University of Southampton| 15.5%| |40| The University of Buckingham| 15.4%| |41| Cardiff University|14.9%| |42| The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama| 14.9%| |43| Queen Mary and Westfield College|14.7%| |44| The University of Liverpool| 14.4%| |45| The University of Sheffield|14%| |46| Conservatoire for Dance and Drama| 13%| |47| The University of Glasgow|12.7%| |48| The University of Sussex| 12%| |49| The University of Leicester|11.2%| |50| The University of Dundee|11%| |51|Central School of Speech and Drama| 10.4%| |52| University of the West of England, Bristol|10.4%| |53| The University of East Anglia|10.1%| |54| The School of Pharmacy | 9.7%| |55| The City University| 9.6%| |56| Leeds College of Music| 9.6%| |57| Aston University|9.4%| |58| The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts| 9.3%| |59| Goldsmiths College| 9%| |60| The University of Keele|8.8%| |61| The University of Northumbria at Newcastle| 8.7%| |62| The University of Lancaster|8.6%| |63| The University of Surrey|8.6%| |64| Herio-Watt University| 8%| |65| The University of Kent|7.7%| |66| University of the Arts, London|7.7%| |67| Swansea University|7.7%| |68| The University of Strathclyde| 7.5%| |69| The University of Hull| 7.3%| |70| The University of Brighton| 7.1%| |71| The Robert Gordon University| 7%| |72| Leeds Metropolitan University| 6.7%| |73| St Mary's University College, Twickenham|6.6%| |74| The University of Wales, Lampeter| 6.6%| |75| The University of Plymouth| 6.5%| |76| The Nottingham Trent University|6.4%| |77| The University of Bradford| 6.2%| |78| Brunel University|6.2%| |79| Bournemouth University| 6.1%| |80| The University of Stirling|5.9%| |81| Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh| 5.5%| |82| Bath Spa University|5.2%| |83| Roehampton University| 4.9%| |84| The University of Portsmouth| 4.8%| |85| The University of Westminster| 4.7%| |86| York St John University| 4.7%| |87| University of Gloucestershire|4.6%| |88| The Manchester Metropolitan University| 4.6%| |89| Aberystwyth University| 4.5%| |90| Bangor University| 4.5%| |91| University of Wales Institute, Cardiff| 4.5%| |92| Glasgow Caledonian University|4.5%| |93| Liverpool John Moores University| 4.4%| |94| Edinburgh Napier University| 4.2%| |95| University College Plymouth St Mark and St John| 4.1%| |96| Writtle College|4.1%| |97| University of Abertay Dundee|3.9%| |98| Rose Bruford College| 3.8%| |99| University College Birmingham| 3.7%| |100| University College Falmouth|3.7%| |101| London Metropolitan University| 3.6%| |102| The University of Essex| 3.5%| |103| Kingston University|3.5%| |104| Anglia Ruskin University| 3.4%| |105| Canterbury Christ Church University| 3.4%| |106| Buckinghamshire New University| 3.3%| |107| The University of Chichester| 3.3%| |108| The University of Winchester| 3.3%| |109| Coventry University| 3.2%| |110| Southampton Solent University| 3.2%| |111| Leeds Trinity University College|3%| |112| The Arts University College at Bournemouth| 2.9%| |113| University of Hertfordshire|2.9%| |114| Sheffield Hallam University|2.9%| |115| The University of Worcester| 2.9%| |116| Birmingham City University| 2.8%| |117| Norwich University College of the Arts| 2.7%| |118| Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln| 2.6%| |119| The University of Greenwich| 2.6%| |120| The University of Salford| 2.6%| |121| The University of Sunderland|2.6%| |122| University of Cumbria| 2.5%| |123| The University of Lincoln| 2.5%| |124| University for the Creative Arts| 2.4%| |125| University of Chester| 2.3%| |126| The University of Northampton| 2.3%| |127| London South Bank University| 2.2%| |128| Staffordshire University| 2.2%| |129| Thames Valley University| 2.2%| |130| De Montfort University|2.1%| |131| The University of Huddersfield|2.1%| |132| University of Derby| 1.9%| |133| The University of Teesside| 1.9%| |134| The University of East London|1.8%| |135| Middlesex University| 1.8%| |136| University of Glamorgan| 1.7%| |137| Ravensbourne|1.6%| |138| The University of the West of Scotland| 1.6%| |139| The Queen's University of Belfast| 1.6%| |140| University of Bedfordshire|1.5%| |141| The University of Bolton|1.4%| |142| The University of Central Lancashire|1.4%| |143| Liverpool Hope University| 1.4%| |144| Swansea Metropolitan University|1.4%| |145| Edge Hill University| 1.2%| |146| The University of Wolverhampton| 1.2%| |147| The University of Wales, Newport| 1.2%| |148| Trinity University College|1.1%| |149| UHI Millennium Institute| 1.1%| |150| University Campus Suffolk| 0.8%| |151| Newman University College| 0.6%| |152| Stranmillis University College|0.5%| |153| Glyndŵr University|0.3%| |154| University of Ulster| 0.1%| |155| St Mary's University College| 0%|

[ Data supplied by HESA. League compiled by studentbeans.com]

The top five uni’s in the country (as rated by the Guardian) have a very high proportion of posh - The University of Oxford, Cambridge University, The University of St Andrews and UCL. UK uni's are set targets by the govt. to increase the number of state school pupils, but these five, amongst others, have failed to meet them. Why is that?

Some blame the entry systems of the universities - that they are discriminating against state school pupils,

Others say it's because state school pupils aren't motivated to aim for or apply to these universities - precisely because of their 'poshness', perceiving them as traditional 'elite' institutions.

Some (particularly the universities themselves) argue that the state school system is simply not good enough - that it's failing to produce enough applicants of a high enough standard to represent it's share at these top institutions.

We think it's probably a combination of these factors and the solution needs to in some way address them all.

What we can say, however, is whatever the independent/state school mix, university is a wonderful opportunity to move across and forget about class boundaries - it can be a place where socialising and interaction is defined by personality and interests, not by socio-economic factors. It's an incredible time to really get to know and form bonds with people from all walks of life, some very different from our own.

Where does your uni rank in the University Drinking League? Find out here.

How sexually active is your uni? Check out the results of our student sex survey here.


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