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British Universities Tumble In World Rankings

British Universities Tumble In World Rankings

The annual QS World University Rankings have been revealed with startling results.

Cambridge has dropped out of the top 3 for the first time since the survey began. The university is now in 4th place behind Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Harvard.

London’s Imperial College drops to 9th, King’s College is down to 21st and LSE is now only 37th in the world.

Other British Universities have also slipped, including Durham, Bristol and Warwick.

The key factors for the decline are said to be due to  the government’s cuts in research funding and our immigration rules.

QS also revealed that the surveys that informed the ranking were carried out before the June referendum to leave Europe, but they believe that it had “added uncertainty undermining the UK sector”. Brexit is very obviously affecting the UK already.

48 UK universities appear in the top 400 in the world. 38 of which have dropped down the rankings this year.

However, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Manchester both saw an increase and are now both ranked in the top 30 in the world.

In addition, London is still the city that boasts the most universities in the top 40 than any other city in the world.

The question is though, for how long?

QS World University Rankings: Britain’s top ten

  1. University of Cambridge – 4 (-1)
  2. University of Oxford – 6
  3. University College London – 7
  4. Imperial College London – 9 (-1)
  5. University of Edinburgh – 19 (+2)
  6. King’s College London – 21 (-2)
  7. University of Manchester – 29 (+4)
  8. London School of Economics and Political Science – 37 (-2)
  9. University of Bristol – 41 (-4)
  10. University of Warwick – 51 (-3)

See how your university did by reading the full report here


By Holly Smith

Holly Smith Editor