Times University Ranking 2011

University of Oxford is ranked No. 1 out of 113 universities in the UK, according to the Times Good University Guide 2011. Lancaster has entered the top ten group of universities, making a big jump of thirteen places from 23rd last year.

The Times University rankings take into account eight criteria including: student satisfaction; research quality; entry standards; student-staff ratio; services and facilities spend; completion rates; good honours; graduate prospects.

Ranking Analysis:
- Both York and Lancaster improved their rankings to top 10 position this year. Lancaster also did well in subject rankings, with Physics and Astronomy and French both ranked 10th in the UK.
- City University London has risen two places to rank 47th. Services and facilities spend has risen 30 places in this year’s league table (from 80th in 2010 to 50th in 2011).
- The University of Sussex is one of the biggest climbers, moving up 14 places from 35th to 21st. It scored particularly well in the categories for student satisfaction, good degree results and graduate prospects.
- University of Chichester is rated as joint 9th in the UK for overall student satisfaction, making the top 10 for the second consecutive year. Overall Chichester is ranked 53rd overall out of 113 UK universities, up 6 places on last year.
- University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is named as the top modern University in the North West. It has improved its ranking from 78th to equal 69th position and had courses in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism, General Engineering, Nursing and Communications and Media Studies ranked in the UK’s top 20.
- Durham moved up two places to 6th position, overtaking University College London and the University of Warwick.
- The University of St Andrews is ranked as the leading university in Scotland and 4th in the UK  Subjects rated among the top five in the UK are: Anthropology, Geology, German, Middle East and African Studies, Physics and Astronomy, Philosophy, International Relations, Divinity, Chemistry, Classics, Geography, Art History and Maths.
- LSE moved up two places to top 5 nationally.
- Edinburgh up three places from 14th in the 2010 rankings.

The Top 20 British universities:
1 University of Oxford
2 University of Cambridge
3 Imperial College
4 St Andrews
5 London School of Economics
6 Durham
7 University College London
8 Warwick
9 York
10 Lancaster
11 Edinburgh
12 Exeter
13 Bath
14 Bristol
15 Leicester
=16 Loughborough
=16 King’s College London
18 Sheffield
19 Southampton
20 Nottingham

Source: The Times

* Suggested Reading: Times World University Rankings 2011-2012