Top Research Universities in Britain

Oxford is the Number One institution for research, ahead of Cambridge and Manchester in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top leading research universities, with 63% of the University's research activity is in the highest categories (4* and 3*), according to the RAE 2008.

According to the results, Nottingham has more than 90 per cent of research assessed as having international quality, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Imperial College London is regarded as a world's top research institution, with 73% of the College's staff have had their research judged as world-leading or internationally excellent (4* and 3*), the highest percentage of all UK multi-faculty universities.

65% of research activity at The University of Manchester is judged to be 'world-leading' (4*) or 'internationally excellent' (3*). The university has submitted research in 53 Units of Assessment, more than any other university in the UK.

University College London (UCL) is one of the Top 4 Research Universities in the UK, ranked 4th in the RAE 2008 Ranking by Research Power.

The University of Sheffield is a Top 10 Research University in the UK, rated 1st for the quality of their research in Information Studies, Politics and Town and Regional Planning.

The University of Leeds made submissions in 46 subject units of assessment, one of the highest numbers in the sector.

Top Research Universities in Britain (RAE Ranking by Research Power):

1 University of Oxford

2 University of Cambridge

3 University of Manchester

4 University College London

5 University of Edinburgh

6 University of Nottingham

7 Imperial College

8 University of Leeds

9 University of Sheffield

10 University of Bristol

Source: Research Fortnight

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