The Times: 2010 University League Table

Latest UK university league table has been published by The Times (last year’s ranking in brackets):

1 Oxford (1)
2 Cambridge (2)
3 Imperial College (3)
4 St Andrews (5)
5 University College London (7)
6 Warwick (6)
7 London School of Economics (4)
8 Durham (8)
9 Exeter (13)
10 Bristol (10)
11 York (9)
12 King’s College London (11)
13 Bath (15)
14 Edinburgh (18)
15 Leicester (14)
15 Southampton (16=)
17 Loughborough (12)
18 Sheffield (22)
19 Glasgow (20=)
20 Nottingham (16=)

Not a huge amount of movement since 2009 with the Top 20 largely unchanged although the press release draws attention to some modest changes:

The biggest climbers at the top of the table include Liverpool (up from 34 to 28), Leeds (from 31 to 27), Sheffield (from 22 to 18), Edinburgh (from 18 to 14) and Exeter (from 13 to nine). Lower down the tables, big climbers include Cumbria (from 99 to 83), Hertfordshire (from 79 to 66), York St John (from 91 to 80) and De Montfort (from 77 to 67), Bedfordshire (from 89 to 71), Lincoln (from 103 to 86) and UWIC Cardiff (from 85 to 76)

The strict demarcation line between pre- and post-92 institutions seems to remain as strong as ever though with no newer universities making it into the top 50. A very different picture to the recent Guardian table.

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New Guardian 2010 UK University League Table

New Guardian 2010 UK University League Table

The Guardian’s latest table is now available and the top 30 overall rankings are:

1    (1)    Oxford
2    (2)    Cambridge
3    (5)    St Andrews
4    (4)    Warwick
5    (3)    London School of Economics
6    (7)    UCL
7    (9)    Edinburgh
8    (6)    Imperial College
9    (13)    Bath
10    (10)    Loughborough
11    (11)    York
12    (8)    SOAS
13    (14)    Exeter
14    (16)    Durham
15    (14)    Leicester
16    (12)    Lancaster
17    (20)    Glasgow
18    (33)    Sussex
19    (18)    Aston
19    (17)    Dundee
21    (26)    City
22    (52)    Heriot-Watt
22    (25)    Southampton
24    (30)    Birmingham
24    (21)    King’s College London
26    (19)    Nottingham
27    (22)    Surrey
28    (27)    Leeds
29    (31)    Bristol
30    (36)    Sheffield

Some slightly surprising results here perhaps – especially in the teens and 20s. Important to remember though that the Guardian does not use RAE results in its tables at all, preferring to focus on teaching related indicators.

What is not shown here is the highest placed post-92 university – Bournemouth makes it to 32nd place in this table. Remarkable.