The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, published annually, evaluates UK universities on a number of criteria. Among other things, it assesses
St Andrews University in Scotland, which topped the ranking last year, came second behind Oxford. Last year was the first time in the history of Times’ rankings that the two big names, Oxford and its main rival, Cambridge, did not secure the top spot. Cambridge was placed third this year, repeating last year’s result.
The University of Oxford achieved particularly good scores in the student/staff ratios. It has the lowest student/staff ratio of any UK university (10.5 students per member of academic staff).
Besides Oxford, St Andrews and Cambridge, there are three London universities (London School of Economics and Political Science, Imperial College London, University College London) in the top ten of the list which included 132 universities. Also in the top ten are Durham, Bath, Warwick and Edinburgh.
Top 10 universities in the UK:
Source: The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023
The University of Oxford is usually placed among the top institutions in various global rankings of higher education. In the Times Higher Education (THE) survey, for example, it has topped the list for the last six years. But in this year’s QS World University Rankings, published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Cambridge overtook Oxford to take 2nd place in the list, while the latter came 4th.