According to the Independent Complete University Guide 2011, Oxford is again the top institution in the UK, ahead of Cambridge and Imperial. The University of Buckingham has been included, for the first time, in the league table.

Universities with improvements in the rankings include:
- Lancaster jumped up to 8th place from 12th in the 2010 league table.
- KCL moved up four places to 13th this year.
- Sussex made it into top 20 (up from 25th).
- Birmingham moved up from 27th to 22nd.
- East Anglia jumped up from 32nd to 28th.
- Heriot-Watt moved up from 39th to 34th.

League Table (Top 20 universities):
2011 Rank, (2010 Rank), Name
1 (1) Oxford
2 (2) Cambridge
3 (3) Imperial College London
4 (5) Durham
5 (4) London School of Economics>
6 (7) St Andrews
7 (6) Warwick
8 (12) Lancaster
9 (8) University College London
10 (10) York
11 (11) Edinburgh
12 (9) Bath
13 (17) King’s College London
14 (13) Southampton
15 (15) SOAS
16 (16) Bristol
17 (14) Aston
18 (19) Nottingham
19 (25) Sussex
20 (–) Buckingham

Source: Complete University Guide

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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