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Oxford University Tops Guardian University Rankings 2021

8 September 2020

The Guardian’s Annual University Guide resealed the 2021 UK University Rankings and the University of Oxford has taken the top spot. Oxford University moved to the first place from third replacing  Oxbridge rival Cambridge for the first time in almost a decade. 

Oxford’s claim to the top spot has been credited to the new employment data which indicates a higher number of Oxford students moving into graduate level jobs after completion of their courses. It is followed by the University of St. Andrews at number two with the University of Cambridge at number three after leading the university rankings at number one for the past nine years. 

The other universities to feature in the top five include University of Durham and London School of Economics and Political Science. LSE’s rise to 5th position is a notable jump from 19th last year. The new data for graduate jobs has resulted in improving the rankings of several other universities such as the University of Bristol (11th), University of Edinburgh (13th), University of Strathclyde (15th) and University of Brighton (which moved up 12 places compared to last year).

The Guardian University Guide Rankings focus on the quality of teaching, student satisfaction and employability, issues that are vital to young people choosing where to study.

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Guardian University Guide 2021 Rankings

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of St Andrews
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. University of Durham
  5. London School of Economics and Political Science
  6. University of Bath
  7. Loughborough University
  8. University of Warwick
  9. Imperial College London
  10. Lancaster University


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