The United Kingdom is composed of four constituent parts: three constituent countries including England, Scotland and Wales, and the province of Northern Ireland. There is a total of ninety top leading universities in England, many are ranked amongst the world's best.

Oxford University is the best university in England and the UK (Guardian League Table 2010), with Cambridge in the second place. Oxford is rated Number One in the UK by Guardian and Times Good University Guide 2008, 2nd place in Sunday Times.

Oxbridge are among the top two UK institutions in a number of international league tables:

- According to the Academic Ranking of world universities 2008, Cambridge is 1st in the UK (4th globally), followed by Oxford in 2nd position (10th globally).

- According to the THES World University Rankings 2008, Cambridge is ranked 3rd in the world, with Oxford in 4th position globally.

University of Warwick is the top 4 institution in the UK, and the best university in England outside Oxbridge, rated 4th in Guardian 2010. Imperial College is another best ranked institution in England, rated in the Top 3 nationally by Independent University League Table 2010.

Durham University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in England. It has been confirmed as the North of England’s leading university in national league tables. It is the best University outside of Oxford, Cambridge and London and the best in the North in the Complete University Guide 2010, published by The Independent.

University of Leicester is a Top 20 UK university, rated 15th in Guardian University League Table and 20th nationally in Independent University League Table 2010. It is one of just 23 British universities to feature in the ARWU Top 200 World Universities. National Student Survey has placed Leicester as the top university in England teaching full-time students for the second year running.

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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