2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences - academic

The 2020 tables are based on Nature Index data from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019.

Table criteria

# Institution Share 2018 Share 2019 Count 2019 Change in Adjusted Share 2018-2019*
1 University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK) 172.03 212.23 663 22.7%
2 University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (UK) 194.73 168.84 593 -13.8%
3 UCL, United Kingdom (UK) 121.54 126.16 464 3.2%
4 The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (UK) 77.71 80.23 306 2.6%
5 Imperial College London (ICL), United Kingdom (UK) 83.84 69.58 316 -17.5%
6 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 49.17 42.49 229 -14.1%
7 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 39.65 41.09 165 3.0%
8 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 35.88 40.81 150 13.1%
9 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 29.19 33.37 176 13.7%
10 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 30.74 31.89 122 3.1%
11 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 27.49 31.25 93 13.0%
12 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 28.37 30.48 113 6.8%
13 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 26.51 23.59 97 -11.6%
14 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 20.01 20.41 87 1.4%
15 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 26.32 20.17 64 -23.8%
16 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 16.06 19.55 99 21.0%
17 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 22.32 17.63 99 -21.5%
18 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 14.24 15.80 101 10.3%
19 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 16.57 15.35 59 -7.9%
20 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 8.72 11.85 52 35.2%
21 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 13.56 11.76 44 -13.8%
22 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 15.79 11.37 59 -28.4%
23 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 13.03 10.69 83 -18.5%
24 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 16.63 10.66 44 -36.2%
25 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 14.62 9.98 62 -32.2%
26 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 12.46 8.96 70 -28.5%
27 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 4.99 8.40 34 67.4%
28 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 3.19 7.16 25 123.0%
29 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 10.80 6.56 40 -39.7%
30 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 7.62 6.30 67 -17.7%
31 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 3.14 5.73 21 81.0%
32 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 3.67 5.72 25 55.0%
33 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.10 5.57 29 -21.9%
34 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.61 5.52 17 241.5%
35 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 3.07 5.32 32 72.6%
36 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 7.39 5.16 34 -30.6%
37 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 6.99 4.41 41 -37.3%
38 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 5.92 3.50 25 -41.2%
39 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.41 3.42 17 40.8%
40 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.71 3.18 19 16.9%
41 Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.06 3.00 8 44.9%
42 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 4.65 2.93 20 -37.2%
43 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 1.83 2.85 13 55.0%
44 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 3.52 2.35 17 -33.7%
45 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 3.10 2.26 11 -27.4%
46 St George's, University of London (SGUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.32 2.20 24 65.8%
47 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 1.93 2.11 8 8.7%
48 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.89 2.10 26 -27.8%
49 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 1.37 2.08 14 51.3%
50 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 3.80 1.78 17 -53.4%
51 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 2.00 1.70 8 -15.4%
52 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 1.62 6 153.5%
53 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.06 1.36 45 27.3%
54 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.78 1.34 19 69.9%
55 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.27 1.24 9 -3.1%
56 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 1.07 3 1,412.5%
57 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.26 0.99 4 -22.0%
58 University of Roehampton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.96 0.99 5 -49.8%
59 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.63 0.98 6 -40.3%
60 The Open University (OU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.88 0.83 5 -7.0%
61 Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.95 0.82 6 -14.2%
62 Aberystwyth University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.42 0.76 9 77.7%
63 Bath Spa University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 2 N/A
64 Bournemouth University (BU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.45 0.68 9 49.6%
65 Cranfield University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 0.63 1 272.8%
66 Aston University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.85 0.58 6 -32.2%
67 Brunel University London, United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 0.57 13 170.5%
68 Institute for Fiscal Studies, United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.53 2 317.6%
69 Northumbria University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.52 0.52 5 -1.0%
70 University of East London (UEL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 0.50 1 297.7%
71 Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom (UK) 0.31 0.49 4 54.8%
72 Loughborough University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.34 0.49 13 43.9%
73 University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom (UK) 0.38 3 N/A
74 University of the West of England (UWE), United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 0.37 6 729.7%
75 Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.35 2 N/A
76 London Business School (LBS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.51 0.33 1 -34.6%
77 University of Westminster, United Kingdom (UK) 0.12 0.29 6 150.9%
78 University of Greenwich, United Kingdom (UK) 0.40 0.24 5 -39.1%
79 UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Research Studies (UKCTAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 0.22 3 3,030.4%
80 University of Bradford, United Kingdom (UK) 0.57 0.21 4 -63.8%
81 Cardiff Metropolitan University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.21 1 N/A
82 Solent University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 1 N/A
83 Abertay University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.69 0.18 17 -73.4%
84 London South Bank University (LSBU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
84 University of Chester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.17 1 N/A
85 De Montfort University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.22 0.15 1 -29.1%
86 Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), United Kingdom (UK) 1.09 0.14 4 -87.4%
87 University of London - Goldsmiths, United Kingdom (UK) 0.97 0.13 2 -86.4%
88 The Royal Agricultural University (RAU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.13 2 N/A
89 Teesside University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 0.12 2 -58.2%
90 University of Hertfordshire (UH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 2 N/A
91 Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.11 1 N/A
92 University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom (UK) 0.28 0.10 3 -62.6%
93 Coventry University, United Kingdom (UK) 0.20 0.10 1 -49.2%
94 University of Gibraltar (UNIGIB), United Kingdom (UK) 0.06 2 N/A
95 School of Advanced Study, University of London (SAS), United Kingdom (UK) 0.09 0.05 1 -44.6%
96 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.04 2 N/A
97 University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), United Kingdom (UK) 0.03 1 N/A
98 University of Salford, United Kingdom (UK) 2.17 0.02 1 -99.1%
99 University of Gloucestershire (UniGlos), United Kingdom (UK) 0.02 1 N/A
100 University of Worcester, United Kingdom (UK) 0.01 2 N/A

Footnote

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  1. The data behind the tables are based on a relatively small proportion of total research papers, they cover the natural sciences only and outputs are non-normalized (that is, they don’t reflect the size of the country or institution, or its overall research output).
  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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*The change in adjusted Share accounts for the small annual variation in the total number of articles in Nature Index journals. Share values have been adjusted to 2020 levels to calculate the percentage change. For more information on the adjustment, please see the Adjusted metric explainer.