The Guardian reveals its top UK universities 2016

Coventry and Sussex make strides

May 26, 2015

Coventry University and the University of Sussex have both made leaps to make the top 20 of the 2016 league table of universities published by The Guardian, beating many of their Russell Group peers.

Coventry climbed 12 places to 15th - the highest position ever achieved by a former polytechnic in the table - while Sussex jumped an impressive 24 places to reach 19th.


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The University of Kent and Loughborough University also rose within the top 20, to reach 16th and 11th respectively.Meanwhile, London School of Economics (LSE) dropped out of the top 10, falling from 7th to 13th, and Imperial College London slipped three places to eighth.


The Guardian league table: top 20 UK universities 2016

2016 rank2015 rankInstitution
1 1 University of Cambridge
2 2 University of Oxford
3 3 University of St Andrews
4 6 University of Surrey
5 4 University of Bath
=6 8 Durham University
=6 9 University of Warwick
8 5 Imperial College London
9 12 University of Exeter
10 10 Lancaster University
11 15 Loughborough University
12 11 University College London
13 7 London School of Economics
14 19 University of Southampton
15 27 Coventry University
16 20 University of Kent
17 17 University of Birmingham
18 13 Heriot-Watt Univeristy
19 43 University of Sussex
=20 18 University of Edinburgh
=20 14 University of East Anglia


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