List of top ranked UK universities for 2012:

Guardian University Guide 2012 - Cambridge is rated as the No. 1 UK university, with Oxford in 2nd place and St Andrews in 3rd place nationally. The University of St Andrews is rated as the best university in Scotland and is the only Scottish institution placed in the Guardian's top 10 list.

Sunday Times University Guide 2012 - The University of Cambridge is ranked 1st in the nation, followed by University of Oxford in 2nd place. Durham University is in 3rd place nationally, an improvement of three places on the 2011 guide which uses a wide range of information including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, entrance qualifications held by new students, student/staff ratios, degree results achieved, graduate unemployment levels and university drop-out rates.

Complete University Guide 2012 - Cambridge University is ranked 1st and ahead of Oxford (2nd) in this ranking guide. Imperial College London remained at 3rd place. Lancaster University is in the top 10 nationally, ranked 9th in the UK out of more than a hundred universities. Lancaster is also ranked top in the North West. The University also scored highly in the Guide's individual subject rankings: Accounting and Finance was ranked 4th and Business Studies was ranked 7th.

Times Good University Guide 2012 - Oxford is the No. 1 university in the UK according to the Times, ahead of Cambridge (2nd), London School of Economics (3rd), Imperial (4th), and University College London (5th). Lancaster has strengthened its position in the elite group of top 10 universities in the UK, ranked 9th overall out of over 100 universities. Accounting and Finance is ranked 2nd in the UK and Business Studies 6th.

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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