2016 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

The 2016 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2015 Count 2015
1 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 175.86 521
2 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 159.15 497
3 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 130.19 396
4 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 71.12 224
5 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 58.86 279
6 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 55.41 162
7 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 43.60 192
8 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 33.61 115
9 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 27.15 79
10 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 26.13 110
11 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 23.90 90
12 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 23.21 94
13 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 21.52 82
14 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 19.98 76
15 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 19.33 82
16 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 18.30 70
17 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 17.58 46
18 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 17.28 52
19 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 15.65 47
20 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 15.04 61
21 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 14.73 54
22 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 14.73 67
23 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 13.35 37
24 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 10.49 52
25 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 10.43 50
26 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 10.40 65
27 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 8.54 46
28 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 8.50 45
29 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 7.99 33
30 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 7.88 45
31 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 7.29 27
32 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 5.03 21
33 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.51 15
34 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 4.44 15
35 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 4.38 25
36 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 3.55 11
37 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 3.35 21
38 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 3.26 12
39 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 2.81 8
40 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.71 16
41 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 2.50 9
42 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 2.49 12
43 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 2.44 13
44 St George's, University of London (SGUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.99 18
45 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.87 10
46 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.68 46
47 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.51 4
48 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.38 11
49 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.10 10
50 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 1.09 5
51 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 0.99 7
52 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.96 2
53 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.85 6
54 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.78 5
55 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 0.76 4
56 Aston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.66 4
57 Abertay University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.66 14
58 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.60 3
59 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 2
60 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.44 3
61 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.43 1
62 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.42 4
63 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 4
64 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 0.30 2
65 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 2
66 University of Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 1
67 Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.23 2
68 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 20
69 University of London - Goldsmiths, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 2
70 University of Gloucestershire (UniGlos), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1
70 University of Westminster, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1
70 University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1
71 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 2
72 University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.14 1
73 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 1
74 Bournemouth University (BU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1
74 University of Sunderland, United Kingdom (UK) 0.10 1
75 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1
76 University of the West of Scotland (UWS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1
77 Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1
78 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1
79 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1
80 Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 1
80 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 1
81 University of Winchester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 1
82 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 1

Footnote

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