Do you know the Best UK Universities?

The British consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) recently published the 2020 update to QS World University Ranking. Using indexes such as number of citations, academic reputation and reputation of teachers, the ranking is published annually by the British consultancy. The 16th edition of the QS World University Rankings saw many UK universities decline across the board. We highlight the best universities in the UK (United Kingdom) that entered the TOP 100 of the ranking.

Of the 84 universities included in the rankings, 50 institutions saw a drop in rank, though 12 did see an improvement. The average rank of UK universities decreased by 12.6 ranks, with the most conspicuous drop by the University of Cambridge which fell from 6th to 7th position, the lowest its ever placed in the rankings.

According to QS analysts, “the University of Cambridge is still regarded as one of the world’s leading universities, achieving perfect scores in reputational indicators. However, by increasing its faculty numbers at a rate greater than its improvements in research performance Cambridge has seen its citations per faculty performance drop (a QS indicator that measures institutional research impact).”

We highlight the best universities in the UK that entered the TOP 200 of the ranking:

# RANKUNIVERSITYLOCATION
4University of Oxford LogoUniversity of OxfordUnited Kingdom
7University of Cambridge LogoUniversity of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
8UCL LogoUCLUnited Kingdom
9Imperial College London LogoImperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
20The University of Edinburgh LogoThe University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
27The University of Manchester LogoThe University of ManchesterUnited Kingdom
=33King's College London LogoKing’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
44The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) LogoThe London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)United Kingdom
49University of Bristol LogoUniversity of BristolUnited Kingdom
62The University of Warwick LogoThe University of WarwickUnited Kingdom
67University of Glasgow LogoUniversity of GlasgowUnited Kingdom
=78Durham University LogoDurham UniversityUnited Kingdom
=78The University of Sheffield LogoThe University of SheffieldUnited Kingdom
81University of Birmingham LogoUniversity of BirminghamUnited Kingdom
=93University of Leeds LogoUniversity of LeedsUnited Kingdom
96University of Nottingham LogoUniversity of NottinghamUnited Kingdom
97University of Southampton LogoUniversity of SouthamptonUnited Kingdom
100University of St Andrews LogoUniversity of St AndrewsUnited Kingdom
126Queen Mary University of London LogoQueen Mary University of LondonUnited Kingdom
128Lancaster University LogoLancaster UniversityUnited Kingdom
146Newcastle University LogoNewcastle UniversityUnited Kingdom
148University of York LogoUniversity of YorkUnited Kingdom
=154Cardiff UniversityUnited Kingdom
=163The University of Exeter LogoThe University of ExeterUnited Kingdom
172University of Bath LogoUniversity of BathUnited Kingdom
=173Queen's University Belfast LogoQueen’s University BelfastUnited Kingdom
181University of Liverpool LogoUniversity of LiverpoolUnited Kingdom
194University of Aberdeen LogoUniversity of AberdeenUnited Kingdom

Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, says “Cambridge’s significant economic power – billions of pounds in endowments and sizable income from international students – means that it is in the unusual position of having improved its teaching capacity, only 18 of the UK’s 84 universities have done so this year.”

“Though this has resulted in a drop in citations impact adjusted for university size, it should be perceived as a sensible strategic decision designed to ensure that Cambridge’s reputation for outstanding teaching and highly-employable graduates continues into the future.”

So, what do QS analysts believe is the cause of the general drop in rankings across UK universities? They’ve identified two key issues; class sizes and employer recognition.

The QS employer reputation indicator found that UK universities dropped by an average of 41.1 ranks, reflecting the attractiveness of these universities to employers. Additionally, the QS faculty / student ratio indicator saw a drop of 33.6 ranks for UK universities, highlighting the issue of increasing class sizes.

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