University slips in the rankings

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THE University of Sheffield has slipped down an international league table of the world’s top higher education institutes.

The university has fallen nine places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings to joint 110th.

In total 10 UK universities feature in the table this year: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Birmingham, York, Nottingham and Warwick.

The table’s authors warned that, beyond the very best institutions, UK universities face ‘a collapse in their global position within a generation’. Topping the table again this year was the California Institute of Technology.

Rankings editor Phil Baty said: “Outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge, England’s world-class universities face collapse into global mediocrity. Huge investment in top research universities across Asia is starting to pay off, and England faces a perfect storm: falling public investment in teaching and research, hostile visa conditions discouraging the world’s top academics and students from coming here and a policy vacuum surrounding postgraduate study.”