Nottingham Trent University has soared 18 places to overtake its better-known competitor, the University of Nottingham, a member of the elite Russell Group, in the 2019 edition of the Guardian University Guide. The former polytechnic has had a meteoric rise up the table over the past five years. From languishing in the bottom half, Nottingham Trent moved to 53rd place in the 2017 edition, 34th in the 2018 edition; it is now 16th. This year it has overtaken its competitor for the first time by one place in the rankings. The university has improved across every measure, including substantial advances in graduate career prospects and National Student Survey results, as well as attaining higher entry standards among its students and a better student to staff ratio. The top three in the Guardian University Guide are the same as last year: Cambridge, Oxford and St Andrews.