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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...

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;

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.

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