2016 tables: Institutions - physical 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 Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 169.91 520
2 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 130.09 450
3 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 86.17 321
4 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 51.20 235
5 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 41.69 119
6 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 41.45 138
7 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 38.57 140
8 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 31.64 65
9 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 30.79 239
10 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 30.26 239
11 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 28.01 211
12 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 25.64 69
13 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 25.05 143
14 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 23.18 133
15 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 21.18 143
16 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 17.36 91
17 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 16.80 180
18 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 15.44 45
19 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 14.89 35
20 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 14.84 193
21 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 14.15 111
22 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 12.76 38
23 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 12.72 122
24 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 12.68 168
25 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 11.84 38
26 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 10.59 39
27 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 9.25 21
28 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 8.81 29
29 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 8.35 36
30 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 7.95 25
31 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 5.24 21
32 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 5.14 14
33 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 4.04 104
34 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 3.66 18
35 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 3.45 21
36 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.71 17
37 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.67 14
38 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.57 10
39 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 2.34 20
40 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 2.30 8
41 Aston University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.27 8
42 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.09 8
43 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom (UK) 2.07 7
44 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.30 2
45 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 1.18 2
46 Coventry University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.17 2
47 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 1.11 49
48 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 1.10 7
49 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.06 6
50 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.97 3
51 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.79 5
52 University of South Wales, United Kingdom (UK) 0.75 1
53 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.71 4
54 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 0.66 7
55 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 5
56 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 0.63 1
57 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1
57 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1
58 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 13
59 University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 1
60 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 1
61 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1
62 University of Buckingham, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1
63 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 2
64 St Mary's University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1
65 London South Bank University (LSBU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1
65 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1
66 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 1
67 University of Chester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1
68 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 2
69 University of the West of Scotland (UWS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 2
70 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 1

Footnote

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  2. The Nature Index is one indicator of institutional research performance. The metrics of Count and Share used to order Nature Index listings are based on an institution’s or country’s publication output in 82 natural-science journals, selected on reputation by an independent panel of leading scientists in their fields.
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