Guardian University Guide 2011

Oxford University is ranked No. 1 nationally in the league table for sixth year running. Cambridge remains at 2nd position out of the 118 higher education institutions in the UK, followed by Warwick (up from 4th to 3rd) and St Andrews (4th nationally) in the 2011 Guardian University League Table.

Leicester climbs three places to 12th (the highest ever placing in the Guardian’s guide). It is ranked 5th in the ‘satisfied with teaching’ column, 10th in the ‘satisfied with feedback’ column and joint 2nd for overall satisfaction.

Lancaster has jumped into the top 10 in all three university league tables: Guardian (16th to 6th), Times (23rd to 10th), and the Complete Guide (12th to 8th).

The University of Sussex climbs three places into the UK's top 15 institutions, making it the top university in the South East outside London. Subjects at Sussex ranked in the top 30 nationally include: Anatomy and physiology (3rd); Chemistry (5th); American Studies (5th); Social Work (8th); Physics (10th); Computer Sciences and IT (10th); Biosciences (10th); Media Studies (11th); Sociology (11th); Anthropology (11th); Mechanical Engineering (17th); Psychology (18th); History and Art History (18th); mathematics (20th); philosophy (20th); English (22nd); law (24th); Politics (24th); Geography (26th).

Top 50 UK Universities:
2011 Rank, (2010 Rank), Institution
1 (1) Oxford
2 (2) Cambridge
3 (4) Warwick
4 (3) St Andrews
5 (6) UCL
6 (16) Lancaster
7 (8) Imperial College
8 (5) London School of Economics
9 (10) Loughborough
9 (11) York
11 (12) SOAS
12 (15) Leicester
13 (9) Bath
14 (13) Exeter
15 (7) Edinburgh
15 (18) Sussex
17 (14) Durham
18 (22) Southampton
19 (35) UEA
20 (27) Surrey
21 (26) Nottingham 
22 (19) Dundee 
23 (17) Glasgow 
24 (21) City 
25 (24) King's College London 
25 (38) Strathclyde 
27 (45) Kent 
27 (36) Robert Gordon 
27 (36) Stirling 
30 (24) Birmingham 
31 (30) Sheffield 
32 (22) Heriot-Watt 
33 (34) Aberdeen 
33 (29) Bristol 
35 (28) Leeds 
36 (19) Aston 
37 (40) Newcastle 
38 (32) Bournemouth 
39 (47) Liverpool 
40 (61) UC Falmouth 
41 (31) Royal Holloway 
42 (81) Chichester 
43 (48) Essex 
44 (50) Keele 
45 (41) Reading 
46 (44) Cardiff 
46 (57) Queen Mary 
48 (56) Oxford Brookes 
49 (71) Aberystwyth 
49 (51) Plymouth 

Source: Guardian