THE ‘Table of Tables’ 2019: Lincoln and Nottingham Trent in top 30

Cambridge leads combined results of three main UK university league tables for eighth year running

October 25, 2018
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The University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University are among the new entrants to this year’s Times Higher Education “Table of Tables”.

The pair’s inclusion means that there are three post-92 institutions in the latest edition of the table, which is based on the combined results of the UK’s three main domestic university rankings. All three institutions – Coventry University (24th place), Nottingham Trent (25th) and Lincoln (29th) – owe their place in the THE table to their inclusion in the rankings produced by The Guardian.

The biggest riser in this year’s table is the University of Southampton, which climbed to 19th after falling out of the top 30 last year.

Newcastle University also made strong gains, ascending four places to 23rd, while the London School of Economics rose three places to join the top 10 at joint eighth place.

Meanwhile, the University of Sussex is the biggest faller, dropping seven places to 27th, and the University of Surrey declines six places to 20th.

The top three places are unchanged from last year. The University of Cambridge takes first position for the eighth consecutive year, with the institution claiming maximum points after topping the latest editions of The Complete University Guide, the rankings published by The Guardian and the combined Times and Sunday TimesGood University Guide.

The University of Oxford and the University of St Andrews hold on to second and third place, respectively, while Imperial College London remains at fourth. Loughborough University moves up one place to fifth, while Durham University slips two places to sixth.

There are five new entries in the table this year: alongside Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Southampton, Royal Holloway, University of London is now 28th and the University of Aberdeen is 30th.

Meanwhile, the University of Kent, King’s College London and the University of Sheffield all fall out of the table. The University of Dundee and the University for the Creative Arts, both new entrants last year, fail to remain in the ranking for a second year.

Times Higher Education Table of Tables 2019: top 30 results

Institution 2019 rank 2018 rank Change Total points
University of Cambridge 1 1 0 90
University of Oxford 2 2 0 87
University of St Andrews 3 3 0 82
Imperial College London 4 4= 0 78
Loughborough University 5 6 1 77
Durham University 6 4= -2 75
Lancaster University 7 7= 0 70
University of Warwick 8= 9 1 66
London School of Economics and Political Science 8= 11 3 66
UCL 10 7= -3 64
University of Bath 11 10 -1 63
University of Leeds 12 12 0 59
University of Exeter 13 13 0 55
University of East Anglia 14 15 1 46
University of Birmingham 15 16 1 45
University of Nottingham 16 18 -2 43
University of Bristol 17 19 2 39
University of York 18 17 -1 38
University of Southampton 19 New New 32
University of Surrey 20 14 -6 30
University of Glasgow 21 21 0 28
University of Manchester 22 23 1 25
Newcastle University 23 27 4 23
Coventry University 24 22 -2 18
Nottingham Trent University 25 New New 15
University of Edinburgh 26 24= -2 14
University of Sussex 27 20 -7 11
Royal Holloway, University of London 28 New New  10
University of Lincoln  29 New New 9
University of Aberdeen 30 New New  8

Each year since 2008, THE has compiled a “Table of Tables” to offer a snapshot of how UK universities are viewed by national newspapers. It is calculated by giving the 30 top-ranked institutions in league tables compiled by The Good University Guide (published by The Times and The Sunday Times), The Guardian and The Complete University Guide points corresponding to their position (30 for first place, 29 for second and so on). The total scores determined the positions. We make no claims for statistical rigour and acknowledge the methodological limitations.

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