Following are the top leading universities in the region - South West:

The University of Bath

- No. 1 university in the South West, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2008. It moved down to 2nd regionally in 2010.

- 13th out of 114 institutions in the Times University Ranking 2010, moving up from 15th in 2009.

- 9th in the Daily Telegraph University Ranking 2007.

Bristol University

- 2nd in the region and 16th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2010).

- Ranked in the World’s Top 50 (49th internationally) by the Newsweek Global Universities Ranking.

- Ranked 61st in the Webometrics Ranking of European Universities 2008.

University of Exeter

- 2nd in the region and 14th in the nation (Sunday Times 2008). It moved down to 3rd regionally and 17th nationally in 2010.

- Ranked 9th in the Times Good University Guide 2010.

- Winner of the "Times Higher University of the Year" award in 2007/2008.

Bournemouth University:

- A Top 4 University in the region, and placed 54th nationally (Complete University Guide 2010).

- 6th in the region (Sunday Times 2008 and 2010).

- No. 1 among all the new universities in the nation, placed 38th overall in the Guardian University Guide 2009.

Bath Spa University:

- Ranked as a Top 10 Modern University, and 4th in the region (Sunday Times 2008).

- According to the RAE 2008, it is placed among the top third of post-1992 universities when taking into account the number of academic staff entered the Research Assessment Exercise.

- Bath Spa was designated as a Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

University of the West of England, Bristol:

- A Top 5 university in the South West (Complete University Guide 2010).

- Placed among the top 5 new universities and 48th overall out of 126 English universities, according to the National Student Survey 2007.

- According to the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008, Bristol Business School is rated as the top post-1992 university business school for Accounting and Finance in terms of the proportion of internationally excellent research.

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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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