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Revealed: The top 20 UK universities

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The University of Cambridge finishes top in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, published today. It is the sixth successive year that the university has triumphed in the UK’s leading domestic university rankings, slightly widening the gap on closest rival, the University of Oxford.

However, East Midlands universities have enjoyed an outstanding year, scooping no less than four of the newspapers’ prestigious University of the Year awards. Loughborough won the main prize, becoming the only university to win University of the Year for a second time. The University of Nottingham won both International University of the Year and Sports University of the Year, while De Montfort, based in Leicester, picked up the inaugural University of the Year for Social Inclusion title.

The new edition of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, a free 96-page supplement is published today in The Sunday Times (September 23). It provides the definitive rankings for UK universities and the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain. It includes profiles on 132 universities and the most authoritative UK university league table, making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

Top 20 universities in the UK

2018 national ranking Name Last year’s national ranking 2018 National student survey Teaching excellence
(%)
2018 National student survey Student experience
(%)
Graduate prospects
(% in professional jobs or graduate-level study)
Completion rate
(%)
1 Cambridge 1 n/a n/a 86.8 98.6
2 Oxford 2 n/a n/a 83.5 98.5
3 St Andrews 3 86.2 85.2 79.6 96.0
4 Imperial College London 4 75.1 78.8 90.4 96.6
5 Loughborough 7= 82.5 84.5 86.9 92.3
6 Lancaster 6 81.4 81.8 89.1 92.6
7 Durham 5 78.8 75.9 84.9 96.1
8 University College London 7= 72.8 73.2 83.8 94.1
9 London School of Economics 11 66.1 64.5 86.2 96.0
10 Warwick 9 77.8 78.4 83.2 96.1
11 Leeds 10 81.3 81.6 81.2 92.5
12 Exeter 14 80.6 80.9 85.5 95.4
13 Bath 12 79.0 80.7 87.5 95.1
14 Birmingham 15 79.2 78.2 85.8 94.5
15 East Anglia 13 79.0 78.5 77.1 90.6
16 Nottingham 18 78.9 77.9 86.0 93.3
17 Glasgow 20 79.1 79.6 85.3 88.6
18 Southampton 30 78.7 78.1 82.1 92.4
19= Manchester 25 77.1 76.6 80.7 93.0
19= Bristol 16= 75.7 74.1 80.6 95.6

 




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