It can be hard to choose the right university to go for so this guide is set up to help you decide. Although choosing universities because of their specialist subject matter and talent of the teachers is important if you believe two colleges are similar then other factors may influence your choice.
The Times Newspaper undertakes a lot of research into the UK universities each year and produced the Good University Guide. Unfortunately, the data now resides behind a paywall, so we've collated data from other specialised resources.
All league tables follow a similar format and are the results from asking actual students that attend the universities their satisfaction with various aspects of their studies. The areas covered include:
From the information above, each university is given an overall score out of 1,000 that produces the following league table. We've taken the top 20 universities in the UK with the score shown against each college.
|Overall Rank||University Name||Rating|
|4||London School of Economics||952|
|5||Imperial College London||925|
See the full listings at the Complete University Guide here.
|UK Rank||World Rank||University Name||Students||Score Rating|
|1||1||University of Oxford||19,718||95.0%|
|2||4||University of Cambridge||18,605||93.6%|
|3||8||Imperial College London||15,236||90.0%|
|4||15||University College London||28,602||86.5%|
|5||25||London School of Economics||9,401||80.2%|
See all global universities included in these rankings here.
WhatUni also has rankings based upon reviews from actual students. Below are the top five ratings from their 2017 research. Rating points are out of 5.
|Overall Rank||University Name||Rating||Job Prospects||Courses|
|1||Harper Adams University||4.73||4.79||4.56|
|5||Edge Hill University||4.57||4.27||4.39|
See the full WhatUni list for 2017 here.
This university has won the coveted title for many years, so what makes it so great?
The support, social life and quality of the teaching staff are top of the reasons why students rave about it so much.
The single campus site supports degrees in the agri-food chain and rural sector and has its own commercial farm.
The 14 halls of residence are within 10 minutes walk of the main campus. Fees for full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are £9,000 per year and placement years are £1,800.