Tompkins Table 2014: Trinity College Cambridge produces record number of firsts

 

Education Editor

Students graduating from Trinity College in Cambridge, notched up a record number of firsts this summer as their college topped the university’s league table for degree results for the fourth year in succession.

Trinity, the largest college at the university, recorded a 42.9 per cent success rate this summer, up 1.2 percentage points on last summer’s performance.

It puts them 6.7 percentage points ahead of their nearest rivals, Pembroke College, which retains that position for the second year running. The gap between them, though, has narrowed from eight percentage points last year.

The figures are revealed in an analysis of degree results carried out exclusively for The Independent every year by Peter Tompkins, himself a former Trinity alumnus who has been compiling the table for the past 30 years.  It is known within the university as the Tompkins Table, and its results are eagerly scrutinised by academics at the university every year.

Mr Tompkins has pointed out that it is a significant achievement for Trinity to register such a high percentage of first degree passes considering it is the largest of the university’s 29 colleges.

“Once again, the college had by far the highest percentage of top first class degrees, almost 43 per cent, the highest proportion ever achieved by any college,” he added.

This year has seen a number of colleges making significant strides in the percentage of students gaining a first-class degree. In particular, Jesus College has risen from sixth place to fourth, overtaking Emmanuel, a former front-runner, and Churchill colleges in the process.

In addition, Clare College has risen from 11th place to eighth, Magdalene from 15th to 10th and Selwyn from 18th to 13th.

The fountain of the Great Court of Cambridge University's Trinity College (Getty) The fountain of the Great Court of Cambridge University's Trinity College (Getty)
On the slide are St Catharine’s College - which held ninth place last year and has now fallen to 21st. Corpus Christi, which dropped from third place to 16th last year, also dropped down the table again this year - finishing in 18th place.

Trinity was established way back in 1546 and boasts the highest number of Nobel prize winners of any Cambridge college, with more than one in four of all those gained by Cambridge alumni. Former graduates include Prince Charles, although he only gained a 2:2 when he graduated in 1970. The college first started admitting female students in 1976. 

Its lowest position in the Tompkins Table was eighth and this is the fifth year, in all, that it has been top.

The college claims its success has been down to its decision not only to play to its traditional strengths in science and engineering but focus on achieving the best results possible in the arts and humanities as well. It has a diverse student population, drawn from all corners of the UK and around the world.

The table ranks colleges on a points score system with five points for a first, three for a 2:1, two for a 2:2 and one for a third. Separately, the colleges are also ranked on the percentage of final degrees they receive.

Tompkins Table 2014

Position(2013 in brackets)      Score        %Firsts

1 (1)     Trinity                 74.53%            42.9%

2 (2)     Pembroke           71.56%            36.2%

3 (3)     Trinity Hall           70.18%            32.7%

4 (6)     Jesus                  68.79%            29.7%

5 (4)     Emmanuel          68.78%            29.4%

6 (5)     Churchill             68.77%            31.1%

7 (7)     Queens'              68.35%            27.2%

8 (11)   Clare                   67.63%            29.2%

9 (8)     Christ's               67.62%            24.8%

10 (15) Magdalene          67.21%            25.8%

11 (12) Downing             66.99%            26.2%

12 (10) Peterhouse         66.49%            26.5%

13 (18) Selwyn               66.28%            24.3%

14 (14) King's                 66.22%            25.0%

15 (17) Gonville & Caius  66.21%            25.2%

16 (13) St John's            65.84%            24.9%

17 (19) Sidney Sussex    64.77%            21.2%

18 (16) Corpus Christi     64.47%            21.8%

19 (20) Fitzwilliam            64.36%            21.4%

20 (22) Robinson            64.28%            20.3%

21 (9)   St Catharine's     64.28%            20.7%

22 (23) Newnham           62.20%            18.4%

23 (21) Girton                 61.13%            16.4%

24 (26) Homerton           59.99%            13.8%

25 (25) Wolfson              59.55%            16.8%

26 (24) Murray Edwards  59.17%            10.3%

27 (27) Hughes Hall         58.73%            12.7%

28 (29) St Edmund's       58.49%            14.8%

29 (28) Lucy Cavendish  54.08%            11.1%

Voices
Barn owls are among species that could be affected
charity appeal
News
Sarah Silverman (middle) with sister Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman (right) and sister actress Laura Silverman (left) at Jerusalem's Western Wall for feminist Hanuka candle-lighting ceremony
peopleControversial comedian stages pro-equality Hanukkah lighting during a protest at Jerusalem's Wailing Wall
Arts and Entertainment
The Bach Choir has been crowned the inaugural winner of Sky Arts’ show The Great Culture Quiz
arts + ents140-year-old choir declared winner of Sky Arts' 'The Great Culture Quiz'
Sport
After another poor series in Sri Lanka, Alastair Cook claimed all players go through a lean period
cricketEoin Morgan reportedly to take over ODI captaincy
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Student

Ashdown Group: Trainee / Graduate Helpdesk Analyst

£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...

Recruitment Genius: Graduate Software Developer

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Join a fast growing software co...

Guru Careers: Graduate Account Executive / Digital Account Executive

£20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Graduate / Digital Account Exe...

Guru Careers: Junior Designer / Design Graduate

£18k: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Junior Designer / Design Graduate to join...

Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas