Top 20 UK universities: National Student Survey and World University Rankings

Clearing 2015: East Anglia and Essex top list based on National Student Survey 2015 and World University Rankings 2014-15

August 12, 2015
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The number of university places granted through clearing is likely to reach record numbers tomorrow, as the government lifts the student numbers cap for the first time.

So, with more choice than ever before, where should prospective students that miss out on their A-level grades apply?

Here is a list of the top 20 UK universities based on undergraduate satisfaction scores in the 2015 National Student Survey and filtered to only include world-class institutions that feature in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15

Institution NSS 2015 satisfaction score WUR 2014-15 rank 
University of East Anglia 92 198
University of Essex 92 301-350
University of Lancaster 91 131
Newcastle University 91 201-225
University of Oxford 91 3
Bangor University 91 301-350
Aston University 90 351-400
University of Bath 90 301-350
University of Cambridge 90 5
Durham University 90 83
University of Exeter 90 154
University of Leeds 90 146
University of Sheffield 90 121
University of Dundee 90 201-225
University of Glasgow 90 94
Cardiff University 90 201-225
University of Portsmouth 89 351-400
University of Reading 89 201-225
Royal Holloway, University of London 89 118
University of St Andrews 89 111

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Apparently University of East Anglia is the top 1 university in the UK.

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