Times Higher Education Rankings 2021 Announced

20th Dec 2023

29 UK Universities Feature in World Top 200 with Oxford at 1st Place

The World University Rankings 2021 by Times Higher Education reveal a strong performance by UK higher education institutions with 29 UK universities featuring in the top 200 while the University of Oxford is ranked 1st on the list.

The total number of UK universities on the list have increased compared to last year whilst the University of Oxford was named the best university in the world for the fifth consecutive year. 

The vice-chancellor of Oxford University, Louise Richardson, said: "We are delighted to have consolidated our position at the top of the THE World University Rankings this year. The international standing of British Higher Education is a testament to generations of investment in education as well as to our extraordinarily talented staff and students."  

Other notable UK universities in the top 30 are University of Cambridge (6th),  Imperial College London (11th), University College London (16th), London School of Economics and Political Science (27th) and the University of Edinburgh (30th). 

The Times Higher Education Rankings judge research intensive universities across core performance factors such as teaching, research, knowledge transfer, industry income and international outlook. The league tables are based on the performance evaluation of 1500 universities from more than 90 countries. 

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Times Higher Education World Rankings 2021 - UK Rankings

1. University of Oxford

6. University of Cambridge

11. Imperial College London

16. University College London

27. London School of Economics and Political Science

30. University of Edinburgh

35. King’s College London

51. University of Manchester

77. University of Warwick

91. University of Bristol

92. University of Glasgow

107. University of Birmingham

110. Queen Mary, University of London

121. University of Sheffield

127. University of Southampton

133. University of York

136. Lancaster University

149. Durham University

158. University of Nottingham

160. University of Leeds

160. University of Sussex

163. University of Liverpool

170. University of Leicester

174. University of Exeter

178. University of Aberdeen

178. Newcastle University

191. Cardiff University

200. University of East Anglia

200. Queen’s University Belfast


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