Following are the most prestigious and best ranking universities in the Northwest (UK):

Lancaster University

- Ranked No. 1 in the league table of northwest universities, according to The Sunday Times University Guide 2007, 2008 and 2010. It is placed in the Top 20 nationally, rated 18th in the UK in 2007, 20th in 2008 and 19th in 2010.

- 27th out of 113 UK Universities and placed ahead of all other universities in the North West (The Times Good University Guide 2008).

- It is a Top 100 University in the world, placed 81st internationally (THE-QS World University Rankings 2007).

University of Liverpool

- It was rated third in the region and 29th nationally (Sunday Times 2010).

- A member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive institutions in the UK.

- A Top 3 University in the North West, according to the Complete University Guide 2010.

University of Manchester

- Ranked No. 1 in the region in 2006, but it moved down to 2nd postion regionally in 2007, 2008 and 2010 (Sunday Times).

- 58th globally and 8th among British universities in the Newsweek Top 100 Global Universities 2006.

- 29th in the world, and 5th by employer reviews in the THES-QS World Rankings 2008.

Liverpool John Moores University:

- 5th out of the 12 North West universities (Sunday Times 2007).

- It is the Number One university in the northwest in terms of the impact of its research (TQA 2007).

- No. 1 in the UK for sport, hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism (Times 2005).

University of Central Lancashire:

- Placed at 4th position in the region in 2007, 5th position in 2008, and 4th in 2010 (Sunday Times).

- 5th in the region and the highest ranked new university in the North West (Complete University Guide 2010).

- It is the top University in the North West and among the top five across England for producing student start-up businesses, according to the Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction Survey (HEBCIS).

University of Salford:

- 4th in the region (Complete University Guide 2010).

- The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) is rated 2nd best for Materials research in the North West and 8th in the UK (Research Fortnight).

- European Studies research at Salford is ranked 1st in the North West and 7th in the UK (Research Fortnight).

* Next: Top Universities in the South West

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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