Guardian University League Table 2012

University of Cambridge took the top spot in the Guardian University League Table 2012, moving up from second place last year and now ahead of Oxford (2nd) and St Andrews (3rd).

The University of East Anglia is ranked 18th out of 119 institutions in the UK, moving up a place from 19th last year. The subject tables put Drama at UEA 2nd and ahead of Warwick, York and Loughborough. American Studies is ranked 3rd, English is ranked 11th, Music is ranked 12th, while Geography and Environmental Sciences have moved up from 12th to 8th in the table.

The University of Kent is ranked 23rd out 119 UK institutions for teaching excellence, a rise of four places from the previous year. The Guide also ranks one-third of Kent's subjects in the top 12 nationally for teaching. University of Kent is also highly rated for student support and student satisfaction.

The University of Reading is ranked 32nd this year, moving up 13 places from the previous year. It was also No. 1 for its departments of agriculture and food out in the league table. Reading is also ranked highly in the Guardian subject league tables for 2012, placing in the top 10 for the following subjects: education (3), earth and marine sciences (4), art and design (8), building and town /country planning (8) and archaeology (10).

The University of Northampton is ranked 63rd out of 119 other higher education institutions across the UK. In addition, Northampton has become officially recognised as the 'No. 1 university in the UK for 'Value Added'. The Guardian also revealed Northampton's table position on 'Spend per student' has rapidly risen 30 places to '55th out of 119'.

The Top 20 UK universities:
2012 Rank, (2011 Rank), Name
1 (2) Cambridge
2 (1) Oxford
3 (4) St Andrews
4 (8) London School of Economics
5 (5) UCL
6 (3) Warwick
7 (6) Lancaster
8 (17) Durham
9 (9) Loughborough
10 (7) Imperial
11 (15) Sussex
11 (14) Exeter
13 (11) SOAS
14 (13) Bath
15 (9) York
16 (15) Edinburgh
17 (12) Leicester
18 (19) UEA
19 (21) Nottingham
19 (20) Surrey
Source: Guardian

* Suggested Reading:

Times University Ranking 2012

Complete University Guide 2012

Sunday Times University Guide 2012