Complete University Guide 2011

According to the Complete University Guide 2011, published online and in the Independent newspaper (20 May 2010), Oxford is ranked No. 1 in the UK, with Cambridge in 2nd place and Imperial in 3rd place nationally.

Ranking Analysis:

- York maintained its top 10 position nationally. The Department of Chemistry in York is ranked amongst the top echelon in UK Chemistry departments, coming 5th in the Chemistry league table.

- The University of Sussex has been ranked among the UK's top 20 institutions, up from 25th in the League Table 2010, with the University score improving particularly in student satisfaction, graduate prospects and for investment in student services and facilities. Sussex is also ranked among the top 10 universities nationally for the following subjects: American Studies (3rd); Italian (4th); History of Art, Architecture and Design (5th); Social Work (6th); Anthropology (8th); Communication and Media Studies (9th); Drama, Dance and Cinematics (10th); and Sociology (10th).

- Durham is rated as the fourth best institution in the country. Overall Durham was named the best University outside of Oxbridge and London and the best in the North in the league table which looked at a number of other categories including research and degree quality, entry standards and graduate employment prospects.

- Lancaster University has risen four places to be ranked 8th in the UK. It is placed 8th nationally and number one in the North West in the regional rankings. In the subject tables, Lancaster is ranked 6th for Accounting and Finance and 8th for Business Studies.

- King's College London moved up four places to 13th overall, the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery at King’s is the only university in London to be ranked in the top ten British universities for nursing.

Top 20 UK Universities for 2011:
1 Oxford
2 Cambridge
3 Imperial College London
4 Durham
5 London School of Economics
6 St Andrews
7 Warwick
8 Lancaster
9 University College London
10 York
11 Edinburgh
12 Bath
13 King’s College London
14 Southampton
16 Bristol
17 Aston
18 Nottingham
19 Sussex
20 Buckingham

Source: Complete University Guide

* Next: Guardian University Guide 2011