Home > Website archive > News and media > Around LSE > Around LSE archives > 2012 > LSE placed in UK's top three universities by third successive ranking

LSE placed in UK's top three universities by third successive ranking

LSE is ranked third in a league table of the UK’s universities published today in The Times newspapers’ Good University Guide.

It is the third consecutive league table to place LSE in the top three following similar rankings produced by the Complete University Guide and by the Guardian newspaper, which placed LSE second and third respectively.

In the latest ranking, LSE is rated the best in the country for Social Policy and second-best for Economics and Anthropology. In Law and Philosophy it was ranked third-best, fourth for Government and History and fifth for Accounting and Finance, Business Studies, Geography and Sociology.

The overall table was headed by Oxford with Cambridge second. It is compiled using measures for graduate prospects (which LSE topped), student satisfaction, research quality, entry standards, student-staff ratio, spending on services and facilities, completion rates, and proportion of good honours.

Stuart Corbridge, pro-director for External Relations and Research, said: “We treat single league tables with caution because the real strengths of a university can’t be meaningfully measured like this. However, the pattern that has emerged in this year’s tables – with LSE firmly in the country’s top three institutions – is pleasing because it speaks of the excellent standards set by faculty, students and staff.”

The full guide is available (with subscription required) at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/gug/