2018 tables: Institutions - academic

The 2018 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2016 Share 2017 Count 2017 Change in Adjusted Share 2016-2017*
1 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 438.52 420.80 1,268 -5.4%
2 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 466.85 408.03 1,216 -13.9%
3 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 216.15 209.48 841 -4.5%
4 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 203.08 190.16 748 -7.7%
5 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 156.60 164.94 551 3.8%
6 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 136.19 156.18 629 13.0%
7 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 119.03 154.01 483 27.5%
8 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 92.63 81.78 227 -13.0%
9 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 76.15 80.21 394 3.8%
10 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 90.76 78.90 340 -14.3%
11 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 71.45 77.05 418 6.3%
12 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 81.09 76.64 323 -6.8%
13 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 73.34 68.04 235 -8.6%
14 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 68.35 66.08 282 -4.7%
15 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 66.84 60.74 177 -10.4%
16 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 54.34 58.15 211 5.5%
17 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 49.62 53.88 317 7.0%
18 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 69.22 53.66 336 -23.6%
19 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 43.64 52.94 197 19.6%
20 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 44.58 44.42 250 -1.8%
21 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 44.13 42.70 137 -4.6%
22 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 48.44 41.27 169 -16.0%
23 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 39.64 39.34 173 -2.2%
24 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 30.58 36.17 168 16.6%
25 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 27.44 35.50 111 27.5%
26 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 18.20 33.96 109 83.9%
27 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 35.94 32.82 103 -10.0%
28 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 31.38 26.24 99 -17.6%
29 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 21.77 26.21 171 18.7%
30 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 25.70 25.35 85 -2.8%
31 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 19.68 21.20 66 6.2%
32 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 23.86 20.45 84 -15.5%
33 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 24.40 18.84 104 -23.9%
34 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 15.99 16.38 82 1.0%
35 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 22.15 16.05 60 -28.6%
36 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 11.52 15.46 55 32.2%
37 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.93 14.60 48 81.5%
38 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 15.46 14.38 55 -8.3%
39 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 11.21 12.94 123 13.8%
40 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 8.24 11.49 34 37.5%
41 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 9.57 10.17 35 4.8%
42 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 4.82 9.83 37 100.9%
43 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 9.26 8.99 46 -4.4%
44 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 8.63 7.31 30 -16.5%
45 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.58 6.86 29 161.8%
46 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 3.66 5.73 17 54.3%
47 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 12.13 5.39 26 -56.2%
48 Aston University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.85 5.24 15 81.1%
49 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.69 4.75 26 177.6%
50 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.51 4.29 24 -43.7%
51 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 4.83 4.18 15 -14.6%
52 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 4.60 3.87 23 -17.1%
53 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 3.25 3.72 15 12.5%
54 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 7.09 3.40 43 -52.7%
55 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 2.27 3.17 15 37.9%
56 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 5.29 3.17 34 -40.8%
57 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.39 2.87 6 18.4%
58 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 2.35 2.84 14 19.2%
59 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.42 2.69 20 -39.9%
60 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 3.38 2.68 10 -22.0%
61 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.98 2.62 82 163.3%
62 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 2.11 2.60 22 21.3%
63 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 4.35 2.52 7 -42.8%
64 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 3.87 2.32 8 -41.0%
65 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 4.93 2.25 18 -55.1%
66 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.83 1.53 5 -18.0%
67 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.63 1.43 44 -13.4%
68 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 4.04 1.38 7 -66.3%
69 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 2.11 1.32 6 -38.3%
70 University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.50 1.28 5 152.0%
71 University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), United Kingdom (UK) 3.88 1.15 9 -70.8%
72 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.52 1.12 8 112.3%
73 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 2.05 1.10 4 -47.1%
74 University of Chester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1.08 2 226.6%
75 Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.40 1.06 11 -25.2%
76 St George's, University of London (SGUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.29 1.04 20 -20.2%
77 London Business School (LBS), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 1 N/A
77 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), United Kingdom (UK) 1.00 1 N/A
78 Bournemouth University (BU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.54 0.95 6 73.1%
79 University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.25 0.85 5 235.7%
80 Abertay University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.47 0.85 23 76.0%
81 University of Westminster, United Kingdom (UK) 0.83 7 N/A
82 University of London - Goldsmiths, United Kingdom (UK) 0.16 0.75 4 366.0%
83 Teesside University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.03 0.67 1 -35.9%
84 School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 0.65 3 19,974.7%
85 Kingston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 0.54 3 -24.0%
86 University of Greenwich, United Kingdom (UK) 1.21 0.41 4 -66.6%
87 Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 0.33 1 67.3%
87 St Paul’s Girls’ School, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
87 Liverpool Hope University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 1 N/A
88 Robert Gordon University (RGU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.29 0.31 2 6.8%
89 Middlesex University (MU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 0.27 2 294.3%
89 University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.75 0.27 2 -65.0%
90 University of the West of Scotland (UWS), United Kingdom (UK) 2.20 0.22 20 -90.3%
91 Edinburgh Napier University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 0.20 2 79.2%
92 Fulford School, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
93 Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.86 0.17 1 -80.8%
93 University of Cumbria, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
93 University of Bolton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
93 University of Suffolk, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
94 De Montfort University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.53 0.14 2 -74.0%
95 University of Roehampton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.32 0.13 2 -59.3%
96 Eton College, United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 0.11 1 -1.4%
97 School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.08 1 245.0%
97 University of the Arts London (UAL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.08 1 N/A
98 Queen Margaret University (QMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 0.07 1 54.9%
99 Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.33 0.06 1 -81.5%
100 Hills Road Sixth Form College, United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 1 N/A
101 Plymouth Marjon University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 1 N/A
102 Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 0.03 1 97.1%
103 Walthamstow School for Girls, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
104 University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
105 University of South Wales, United Kingdom (UK) 2.10 0.02 1 -99.0%
106 UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Research Studies (UKCTAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.00 1 N/A

Footnote

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