The University of Exeter is the South West's top uni according to The Sunday Times Good University Guide, while Falmouth University has slipped 15 places.

Falmouth placed ninth out of 12 universities in the region, coming in at 84th nationally. The University of Exeter, who share a campus with Falmouth University in Penryn, was ranked 12th nationally.

The rankings are decided by comparing the different institutions' completion rates, graduate prospects and student satisfaction rates.

Exeter overtook the University of Bath, who were the best in the South West last year and have now dropped to second place and are ranked at 13th nationally.

Bristol came in third, The University of the Arts Bournemouth fourth, The University of the West of England in Bristol fifth, Plymouth sixth, Bournemouth seventh, Gloucestershire eighth, Falmouth ninth, Bath Spa tenth, Plymouth Marjon eleventh and The Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire twelfth.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 published on September 23 provides students and their parents with a first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities.

The league table is made up of nine indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and degree completion rates.

The Times will complement coverage in The Sunday Times with two further supplements to be published on Monday and Tuesday, September 24 and 25. These will focus on the best universities for teaching quality and student experience and the universities that come top in different subject areas.