Best UK Universities: League Tables and UKG’s Recommended Universities

Choosing a university to study at can be a daunting decision. There are many factors to consider including how they compare to other universities in the UK. The table below features the university league table results published by 4 trusted sources in 2019:

– The Times and Sunday Times
– The Guardian
– The Complete University Guide (CUG)
– The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – participation is voluntary

The universities listed below are UKG’s recommended universities. UKG can help you to apply to these universities through our University Placement Service. NB. Universities with a star (*) can be applied for through our Oxbridge and G5 Preparation service.

University of Cambridge*111Gold
University of Oxford*222Gold
Imperial College London*475Gold
Loughborough University548Gold
Durham University756Gold
University College London (UCL)*81110Silver
London School of Economics (LSE)*9154Bronze
University of Warwick10812Silver
University of Leeds111014Gold
University of Exeter121411Gold
University of Birmingham141913Gold
University of East Anglia (UEA)151821Gold
University of Nottingham161719Gold
University of Glasgow172418-
University of Southampton182320Silver
University of Bristol192016Silver
University of Manchester193415Silver
Newcastle University212722Gold
University of York221230Gold
University of Surrey232123Gold
Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL)243823Silver
University of Sheffield253933Silver
University of Aberdeen265129-
University of Dundee272931Gold
University of Edinburgh282816-
University of Essex293144Gold
Swansea University303135Gold
University of Liverpool315728Silver
Cardiff University325826Silver
University for the Creative Arts (UCA)33-48Silver
King's College London355825Silver
Heriot-Watt University356635Silver
Nottingham Trent University (NTU)371638Gold
University of Leicester386344Silver
Queen's University Belfast385237-
University of Reading404640Silver
University of Sussex412632Silver
University of Stirling444043-
University of Strathclyde445339-
Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)468341Silver
Coventry University461353Gold
Liverpool Hope University503362Gold
University of Portsmouth512553Gold
Arts University Bournemouth516565Gold
SOAS, University of London535844-
University of Kent553549Gold
Aston University564334Gold
University of the West of England (UWE)583755Gold
Northumbria University614850Silver
University of Huddersfield624164Gold
Bangor University634783Gold
Oxford Brookes University634151Silver
De Montford University657167Gold
Sheffield Hallam University (SHU)677073Silver
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)697356Silver
University of Roehampton7010981Bronze
Goldsmiths, University of London717672Bronze
University of Derby752997Gold
Brunel University London765869Silver
Bournemouth University786570Silver
University of Winchester7992106Silver
University of Gloucestershire815599Silver
University of West London (UWL)835090Silver
Falmouth University846377Gold
Birmingham City University (BCU)879791Silver
University of Hertfordshire909074Gold
University of the West of Scotland (UWS)92114104-
University of Sunderland9374107Silver
University of the Arts London (UAL)947561Silver
Robert Gordon University967885Gold
Queen Margaret University978468-
University of Bradford987263Silver
University of Greenwich10010083Silver
York St John University102119111Bronze
Bath Spa University10310394Silver
Cardiff Metropolitan University1085896Silver
Middlesex University11011289Silver
Kingston University1105893Bronze
University of Westminster1148192Bronze
University of East London (UEL)11588116Bronze
University of Bedfordshire121113122Silver
Anglia Ruskin University122103118Silver
University of Brighton123107114Silver
Birkbeck, University of London128115-Silver
City, University of London-9557Silver
Plymouth University-6677Silver
Ravensbourne University London--131Silver