Sussex's three universities had mixed fortunes in the latest publication of a prestigious league table.

The University of Sussex climbed seven places from 32nd to 25th position in the annual Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

Chichester University also rose slightly to 65th place from 68 last year but the University of Brighton dropped from 76 to 82.

The table, published yesterday, is drawn up from criteria including student satisfaction, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, service and facilities spend, and university dropout rates.

Sussex had a student satisfaction rate of 82.1% and was found to spend £2,114 per student on facilities.

Brighton's satisfaction rate was 79.4% and it spent £1,118 per student on facilities.

Chichester's satisfaction rate was the highest in the county at 84.55 and its facilities spending was £1,125 per student.