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The University of Leicester has left Oxbridge colleges trailing in an alternative university league table for broadband speeds.

Research from uSwitch.com found that Leicester, which is ranked 47th for higher education, is top of the class for broadband speeds with an average of 39.7Mbps in student areas.

Not far behind in second place is Queens Belfast with 36.71Mbps, while Nottingham is third with 36.9Mbps.

That’s not to say that Oxford and Cambridge should exactly hang their mortarboards in shame. With speeds of 34.61Mbps and 32.83Mbps respectively, they’re both comfortably in the top ten for broadband.

Very much at the wrong end of the table, though, is Aberdeen. Although 36th in the country for educational attainment, it’s bottom of the rankings for broadband speeds with 15.27Mbps.

Worse, though, is that in gadget-heavy student households, speeds will be even more disappointing.

In a four-person shared house in Aberdeen with all occupants surfing at once, speeds would dip to just 3.82Mbps. That spells a five and half-hour wait to download a Blu-Ray film.

Ewan Taylor-Gibson, broadband expert at uSwitch.com, said: “It turns out that some of our more esteemed institutions for higher education aren’t quite so high achieving when it comes to broadband speeds.

“Students need fast, reliable broadband for research, streaming lectures and submitting work on time – both at home, and on campus.

“The good news is that fibre is widely available for student households this autumn and they shouldn’t be put off signing up to fibre connections by the perceived higher cost. Faster fibre broadband can now be had for £10 a month plus line rental.”

Average download speeds in 43 of the UK’s top 50 universities
University Average download speed 2015/16 (Mbps)
1 Leicester 39.87
2 Queens, Belfast 36.71
3 Nottingham 36.18
4 Surrey 35.84
5 Loughborough 34.92
6 Cambridge 34.61
7 Bristol 34.45
8 Sussex 33.57
9 Oxford 32.83
10 UEA 32.05
11 Dundee 31.74
12 Southampton 31.55
13 Keele 31.09
14 Kent 30.54
15 Portsmouth 30.3
16 Cardiff 29.98
17 LSE 29.88
18 Leeds 27.71
19 Durham 26.62
20 UCL 26.37
21 Aston 26.17
22 Derby 26
23 Royal Holloway 25.93
24 Coventry 25.79
25 Reading 24.51
26 Swansea 24.46
27 Newcastle 24.29
28 Warwick 24.15
29 Kings 23.79
30 Imperial 22.81
31 Birmingham 20.87
32 SOAS 20.86
33 Sheffield 20.83
34 Exeter 20.8
35 Goldsmiths 20.79
36 Edinburgh 20.62
37 Heriot Watt 20.47
38 Glasgow 19.84
39 Queen Mary 19.64
40 York 18.28
41 Lancaster 18.1
42 Bath 17.75
43 Aberdeen 15.27

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