Clearing 2014: top 30 UK universities in the World University Rankings

January 1, 1990

Top 30 UK universities in World University Rankings, globe placed on United Kingdom (UK) flag

As tens of thousands of students in England receive their A-level results this week, the annual scramble for university places for those who miss their grades, known as clearing, begins.

After last year’s results day, 345 universities had more than 34,000 courses available through clearing and 57,100 students were accepted on to courses through the clearing process.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings have become one of the most trusted and widely used sources for students all over the world making the most important decision of their lives – who to trust with their education.

The World University Rankings’ top 400 list features 49 UK institutions. Here is a filter of the overall world rankings, showing the top 30 UK universities:


World University Ranking


University of Oxford


University of Cambridge


Imperial College London


University College London (UCL)


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


King’s College London


University of Edinburgh


University of Manchester


University of Bristol


Durham University


University of York


Royal Holloway, University of London


University of Sheffield


Queen Mary University of London


University of Glasgow


University of St Andrews


University of Sussex


Lancaster University


University of Leeds


University of Warwick


University of Southampton


University of Exeter


University of Birmingham


University of Nottingham


University of Leicester


University of Liverpool


University of East Anglia


University of Aberdeen


University of Reading


University of Dundee


Not all universities have places in clearing. Visit the official university admissions site, Ucas, for full information.

View the top 400 universities in the world and explore the results in more detail

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