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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Cambridge University is at the top of The Times Good University Guide in Chemical Engineering 

The Guide was published on May 15, 2001 and lists 21 Chemical Engineering departments. The top three are

  1. Cambridge,   100%
  2. Imperial College,   97.7%
  3. UMIST,   88.9%.

The overall scores are made up from the Teaching Quality Assessment (TQA) where Cambridge has the best score of 23 out of a possible 24, Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) where Cambridge is rated 5 and the A level score from the average of new students.

The Guardian also ranks Cambridge's Chemical Engineering department as number 1, but reverses the second and third positions suggested by The Times.

  1. Cambridge,   88.36%
  2. UMIST,   83.62%.
  3. Imperial College,   82.73%

The Guardian uses similar criteria to The Times, but also includes a "Value added score".

Cambridge University is at the top of The Times League Table of Universities

In The Times League Table of Universities, Cambridge remains ahead of the field. Cambridge has topped the table every year since it was first published and this year we stretched our lead slightly with a total score of 1000. Oxford came in second with 984 and Imperial College, London came third with 973. These scores are based on nine key aspects of university life: Teaching Quality Assessment, research assessment, entry standards, student-staff ratio, library and computer spending, facilities spending (sports, recreational, health, counselling etc), the proportion of graduates with first or upper second-class degrees, the proportion of graduates who take up employment or further study and completion rates. Cambridge has the best record in four of the nine measures by which universities are judged, including the key teaching and research categories.

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