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.
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 Times’ Good 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.
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
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.