Following are the top six oldest universities in the UK:

1) The University of Oxford - It was the first university to be established in the United Kingdom. It is also the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and a leader in learning, teaching and research. The University's oldest colleges are University College, Balliol College, and Merton College, all of which were established by the 13th century.

2) The University of Cambridge - It is one of the world's oldest universities and leading academic centres, with great reputation for outstanding academic achievement.

3) The University of St Andrews - It is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. The University has established a strong reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centres for teaching and research.

4) University of Glasgow - Founded in 1451, it is the fourth oldest university in the UK and has maintained a consistent reputation for academic excellence and innovative research. Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

5) University of Aberdeen - Founded in 1495, the University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK. Aberdeen physicists and clinicians were first in the world to scan a patient's body using MRI.

6) University of Edinburgh - Founded in 1583, it is the sixth oldest university in Britain. The University has solid international reputation for excellence, ranked 22nd among the world's best universities in the QS World University Rankings 2010.

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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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