Top 50 Universities in UK

There are more than 100 universities and colleges in the United Kingdom, According to the prestigious Times Good University Guide and The Sunday Times (2010), a total of 48 institutions are placed firmly in the top 50 of UK universities in the two ranking tables, see the list below:
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Warwick
  • Durham University
  • University of York
  • LSE
  • University of Bristol
  • Bath
  • Southampton
  • King’s College London
  • Nottingham
  • Edinburgh
  • Loughborough
  • Exeter
  • Sheffield
  • Lancaster
  • Leicester
  • Birmingham
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Leeds
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Liverpool
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Dundee
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • University of Reading
  • Aston University Birmingham
  • School of Oriental and African Studies
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Keele University
  • University of Kent
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Goldsmiths University of London
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • University of Essex
  • University of Hull
  • Brunel University
Many of the universities are included in the best 50 list in both tables, except that Oxford Brookes is rated 50th in The Sunday Times but 52nd in The Times; and the University of Buckingham only participated in the Sunday Times ranking.

According to the analysis, the ranking positions for some of the UK institutions are quite difference between the two ranking guides, for instance:
- Queen's Belfast is in 32nd place (The Times) but ranked 42nd in Sunday Times.
- Aston is in the top 25 nationally (The Times) but ranked 37th in Sunday Times.

* Next: UK Universities in World Rankings