The Guardian reveals its top UK universities 2017

Loughborough jumps into the top five, according to latest league table

May 23, 2016
Winners' podium

Th Guardian newspaper has published its 2017 UK university ranking, with Loughborough University, the University of Leeds and Falmouth University among those climbing the table.

The University of Cambridge tops the Guardian University Guide for a sixth year, followed by the University of Oxford and the University of St Andrews.  The University of Surrey and Loughborough are tied in fourth place. 

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The Guardian's top 10 is completed by Durham University, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, the University of Warwick and the University of Bath.  Meanwhile, Leeds climbed from 23rd position to 16th; Falmouth climbed 10 places to number 21; and City University London jumped from 37th to 18th.

The top 20 universities in the UK 2017, according to The Guardian

2017 rank 2016 rank Institution
1 1 University of Cambridge
2 2 University of Oxford
3 3 University of St Andrews
4 4 University of Surrey
4 11 Loughborough University
6 6 Durham University
7 8 Imperial College London
8 10 Lancaster University 
9 6 University of Warwick
10 5 University of Bath
11 9 University of Exeter
12 13 London School of Economics and Political Science
13 17 University of Birmingham
14 12 University College London (UCL)
15 15 Coventry University
16 23 University of Leeds
16 14 University of Southampton
18 37 City University London
19 22 University of York
20 19 University of Sussex

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