Times Online Good University Guide in 2008 ranked the Top 20 UK universities are:

1  Oxford   
2  Cambridge 
3  Imperial College
4  London School of Economics
5  St Andrews
6  University College London
7  Warwick  
8  Bristol 
9  Durham 
10  King’s College London 
11  Bath
12  Loughborough 
13  Edinburgh 
14  Southampton 
15  Aston 
16  York 
17  Exeter 
18  School of Oriental and African Studies
19  Nottingham 
20  East Anglia

Times Online Guide

Some other sources for rankings:

  • The Times (Times of London, Daily)
  • Sunday Times (same group as ‘The Times’ above, different ranking)
  • The Guardian
  • Time Higher (nothing to do with The Times, even though it was called the Times Higher Supplement). World rankings (used 2007 table, the 2008 results came out just after I finished this, will update at some point)
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities – from Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2008 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities : Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan
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