UNIVERSITY RANKINGS

LEAGUE TABLES EXPLAINED

League tables are often the first place parents look when choosing which school is best for you. They show how well schools are doing in your area; these are updated every year.

A University league table works exactly the same as a sports league table. A sportsperson aims to get to the top spot, to show they have performed the best.

Universities are in competition to gain first place too!


Here are the main categories Universities are graded on:

Entry Standards

This is calculated by the standard of overall grades gained in College to get into university.

Student Satisfaction

The students view of how good the teaching is.

Staff/student ratio

How many staff are supporting students; the closer the ratio, the more personalised support a student will receive.

Expenditure per student

How much money the university is spending on education (per student) to support their progress.

Research quality

How many staff are dedicated to research within the university. This shows that a university is driven to make progress.

Results

The percentage of ‘First Degrees’ (similar to a level 9/8 GCSE or A*/A A-Level) students after finishing the university course.

Completion

How many students complete their university course.

Student Destinations

This figure monitors how students are successful in a career after finishing their university course.


Below, is a list of UK universities referenced in FLIGHT, and how they have scored in 2020.

Can you see how the top-ranking university 'overall', isn't the best at all the standards?

Who said making decisions was easy!




University Rankings 2021

View FLIGHT'S University League Table below.

Click the Table Headings to rank them in importance to you.


University Position Overall score Entry Standards Research Satisfaction Prospects
Cambridge 1 100 10.0 8.3 4.1 8.6
Oxford 2 98 9.6 8.4 4.1 8.2
St Andrews 3 96 9.2 6.2 8.7 8.0
Loughborough 4 87 7.0 5.9 8.4 8.6
Durham 5 87 8.6 5.8 8.1 8.5
Imperial College London 6 86 9.1 7.7 7.9 9.1
Lancaster 7 85 6.9 7.2 8.3 8.9
Bath 8 84 8.1 6.3 8.1 8.7
Warwick 9 80 7.6 7.1 8.1 8.2
Exeter 10 80 7.6 4.9 8.3 8.5
London School of Economics 11 80 8.4 7.7 7.0 8.5
Leeds 12 78 7.3 6.7 8.3 8.1
University College London 13 77 8.3 6.9 7.6 8.3
Birmingham 14 77 7.3 6.8 8.1 8.5
Glasgow 15 77 8.7 5.9 8.2 8.5
Nottingham 16 75 7.2 6.2 8.0 8.6
Bristol 17 74 7.9 6.6 7.9 8.0
Edinburgh 18 74 8.4 7.5 7.6 7.7
Nottingham Trent 19 73 6.0 4.9 8.4 8.1
Southampton 20 73 7.2 5.9 8.1 8.2
Surrey 21 72 7.0 5.7 8.0 8.0
York 22 72 7.0 5.9 8.3 8.2
Manchester 23 72 7.5 7.3 7.9 8.0
University for the Creative Arts 24 72 6.2 6.6 8.3 7.3
Lincoln 25 71 5.7 4.5 8.4 8.1
Newcastle 26 71 7.1 6.1 8.1 8.5
Dundee 27 70 7.5 6.1 8.4 8.2
Coventry 28 70 5.6 5.8 8.3 8.1
Cardiff 29 70 7.0 7.0 8.0 8.1
Aberdeen 30 70 8.1 5.1 8.2 8.1
Royal Holloway, University of London 31 69 6.3 5.9 8.1 7.3
Aston 32 69 5.8 6.0 8.0 7.9
Swansea 33 69 5.8 5.9 8.3 8.6
Sussex 34 69 6.6 6.4 7.8 8.1
Portsmouth 35 68 5.1 5.9 8.3 8.5
Sheffield 36 68 7.0 5.6 8.1 8.4
Liverpool 37 67 6.5 6.2 8.2 8.5
West of England, Bristol 38 67 5.6 5.3 8.5 7.6
Oxford Brookes 39 66 5.8 5.5 8.2 7.7
Keele 40 66 5.7 5.2 8.4 8.2
King's College London 41 66 7.6 6.6 7.6 8.4
Stirling 42 66 7.2 4.9 8.1 7.9
Strathclyde 43 66 8.8 5.6 7.9 7.9
Queen's, Belfast 44 65 6.7 5.7 8.0 8.2
Staffordshire 45 65 5.3 5.5 8.5 8.1
Heriot-Watt 46 64 7.2 6.9 7.8 7.9
University of the Arts, London 47 64 5.9 8.1 7.6 7.2
Northumbria 48 64 6.4 4.7 8.1 7.6
SOAS University of London 49 63 6.9 6.3 7.8 7.0
Reading 50 63 5.9 6.2 7.8 7.6
Liverpool Hope 51 63 5.3 3.5 8.5 8.4
Huddersfield 53 63 5.8 4.8 8.1 8.0
Essex 54 63 5.0 6.1 8.2 7.4
Edge Hill 55 63 5.9 3.9 8.2 7.7
Kent 56 62 6.0 5.3 8.0 7.9
Derby 57 61 5.4 5.0 8.4 7.6
Queen Mary, University of London 58 61 6.4 6.1 7.7 7.8
Ulster 59 61 5.7 4.7 8.3 7.1
Leicester 60 60 5.9 6.1 7.9 7.5
East Anglia (UEA) 61 60 6.6 5.2 8.1 7.8
Aberystwyth 62 60 5.3 5.0 8.7 7.8
Liverpool John Moores 63 60 6.3 4.9 8.1 7.5
Bradford 64 59 5.9 4.8 7.7 8.3
De Montfort 65 59 4.9 4.4 8.3 8.4
Falmouth 66 59 5.8 5.0 8.0 7.6
Sheffield Hallam 67 59 5.3 5.5 8.2 7.3
Manchester Metropolitan 68 59 5.9 5.0 8.0 7.1
Kingston 69 59 5.5 6.3 7.9 6.4
Plymouth 70 58 6.0 5.2 8.3 7.3
Bournemouth 71 58 5.4 5.1 7.9 6.8
Central Lancashire 72 57 5.9 5.1 8.0 7.7
West London 73 57 5.2 5.1 7.9 7.4
London South Bank 74 57 5.1 5.2 7.8 8.8
Queen Margaret 75 56 6.7 3.9 8.0 7.3
Chichester 76 56 5.4 4.1 8.0 6.4
Robert Gordon 77 56 6.8 3.9 8.1 8.2
Glasgow Caledonian 78 56 7.3 4.0 8.0 7.3
Trinity Saint David 79 56 4.9 4.3 8.5 6.7
Bangor 80 56 5.6 4.5 8.4 6.8
City, University of London 81 55 6.3 4.7 8.2 6.9
Gloucestershire 82 55 5.4 5.1 8.3 7.3
Teesside 83 55 5.2 5.4 8.2 8.1
Hertfordshire 84 54 5.2 4.8 8.1 8.0
Birmingham City 85 54 7.3 5.8 8.2 7.7
Salford 86 54 5.8 4.1 8.2 7.3
St Mary's, Twickenham 87 54 5.2 3.3 8.4 7.2
Greenwich 88 54 6.1 4.6 7.9 7.0
Solent 89 54 5.3 3.5 8.2 7.0
Brunel University London 90 54 5.6 5.2 7.6 7.1
Chester 91 53 5.0 4.3 8.3 7.0
Goldsmiths, University of London 92 53 5.8 5.4 7.7 5.8
Hull 93 53 5.6 5.1 8.0 7.6
Abertay 94 52 6.1 3.4 7.9 7.4
Sunderland 95 51 5.2 5.3 8.2 6.7
Roehampton 96 51 4.9 6.5 7.9 7.3
Worcester 97 51 5.3 3.9 8.3 7.5
Westminster 98 51 5.6 5.0 7.6 7.0
Edinburgh Napier 99 50 6.4 4.5 7.5 7.4
Northampton 100 50 4.7 5.9 8.1 6.7
Winchester 101 50 5.0 3.8 8.2 6.4
Leeds Trinity 102 49 4.8 3.8 8.3 6.8
Middlesex 103 49 5.4 5.7 7.6 7.3
Bath Spa 104 49 5.2 5.1 7.9 6.7
South Wales 105 48 5.6 4.4 8.1 6.3
West of Scotland 106 47 6.1 4.3 8.3 8.1
Cardiff Metropolitan 107 47 5.4 5.4 7.9 6.6
Anglia Ruskin 108 46 4.9 5.4 8.2 6.8
Bolton 109 46 5.1 5.1 8.4 5.7
Brighton 110 44 5.2 4.6 7.8 6.7
Canterbury Christ Church 111 42 4.8 4.5 8.0 6.4
Newman 112 42 5.2 4.4 8.1 6.5
Cumbria 113 42 5.5 4.0 7.7 7.3
London Metropolitan 114 41 4.4 4.5 7.9 7.0
Wolverhampton 115 41 4.9 4.8 8.1 6.9
Leeds Beckett 116 41 5.0 4.0 8.1 6.3
Buckinghamshire New 117 41 5.1 5.7 7.8 6.8
Bedfordshire 118 39 4.4 5.3 8.1 7.0
Wrexham Glynd?r 119 38 4.2 3.3 7.9 6.4
Suffolk 120 37 5.2 5.9 7.8 6.5

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