UK UNIVERSITY LEAGUE TABLES
When researching the right UK university, it is vital that you have access to as much information as possible. Below we have provided useful links you can utilise to help you make an informed choice and select the perfect UK University for you! These include both international and national rankings as well as broader information you may wish to consider.
The following International rankings will help you research prestigious institutions around the world:
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings
- U.S. News and World Report Global Rankings
- QS World University Rankings
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities
The main university league tables in the UK are:
N.B. These league tables feature program (subject) rankings to help you gain clearer insight into the rankings of individual programs but it’s important to remember that different league tables measure different criteria. You should therefore not rely on only one source and do broad research to build up an extensive picture. You can also purchase guidebooks such as the Good University Guide 2020, which provide a comprehensive guide and overview of all universities in the UK and are similar in format to the FISKE guide.
OTHER USEFUL TOOLS
Other forms of assessment are used for universities that should also be considered including:
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – assesses the teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. Universities are awarded either Gold, Silver or Bronze.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research, across all disciplines. Assessment is based on the quality of outputs (publications, performances and exhibitions), their impact beyond academia, and the environment that supports research.
Other useful tools include:
Unistats – This is the official website for comparing UK higher education program (course) data. On this website you can select and compare subjects, modes of study, teaching outcomes and location to help you learn more about the courses on offer.
Other popular comparison websites providing useful resources for students include:
Support for International Students
UKCISA is the UK Council for International Student Affairs and is highly recommended for international students. As the UK’s national advisory body supporting international students and those who work with them, they provide advice, guidance and information about all aspects of the international student experience, from immigration and fees to mental health, culture shock and orientation. A very useful page on study and assessment methods in the UK can be found here: Studying in the UK, how does it differ from home?
Study UK – The Study UK website is administered by the British council and is a resource hub for international students interested in studying in the UK.
Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey collects information on the activities of students, six months after graduation.
Prospects is the UK’s biggest graduate careers website with more than 2.3 million monthly browsers.