2020 tables: Institutions - life sciences

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 Medical Research Council (MRC), United Kingdom (UK) 49.32 54.82 247 10.5%
7 The Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 52.18 49.16 139 -6.4%
8 King's College London (KCL), United Kingdom (UK) 49.17 42.49 229 -14.1%
9 University of Bristol (UoB), United Kingdom (UK) 39.65 41.09 165 3.0%
10 University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) 35.88 40.81 150 13.1%
11 Wellcome Sanger Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 37.43 36.36 195 -3.4%
12 The University of Manchester (UoM), United Kingdom (UK) 29.19 33.37 176 13.7%
13 University of Exeter, United Kingdom (UK) 30.74 31.89 122 3.1%
14 The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (UK) 27.49 31.25 93 13.0%
15 Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UK) 28.37 30.48 113 6.8%
16 University of Birmingham (UB), United Kingdom (UK) 26.51 23.59 97 -11.6%
17 University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK) 20.01 20.41 87 1.4%
18 University of Dundee, United Kingdom (UK) 26.32 20.17 64 -23.8%
19 Cardiff University, United Kingdom (UK) 16.06 19.55 99 21.0%
20 Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), United Kingdom (UK) 22.32 17.63 99 -21.5%
21 John Innes Centre (JIC), United Kingdom (UK) 15.66 17.59 46 11.7%
22 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom (UK) 14.24 15.80 101 10.3%
23 University of York, United Kingdom (UK) 16.57 15.35 59 -7.9%
24 AstraZeneca plc, United Kingdom (UK) 19.79 14.61 84 -26.6%
25 University of East Anglia (UEA), United Kingdom (UK) 8.72 11.85 52 35.2%
26 University of Sussex, United Kingdom (UK) 13.56 11.76 44 -13.8%
27 The University of Warwick (Warwick), United Kingdom (UK) 15.79 11.37 59 -28.4%
28 University of Southampton (Soton), United Kingdom (UK) 13.03 10.69 83 -18.5%
29 University of St Andrews, United Kingdom (UK) 16.63 10.66 44 -36.2%
30 The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), United Kingdom (UK) 14.62 9.98 62 -32.2%
31 Babraham Institute, United Kingdom (UK) 7.33 9.82 36 33.3%
32 Cancer Research UK (CRUK), United Kingdom (UK) 13.05 9.63 118 -26.6%
33 The University of Nottingham (UoN), United Kingdom (UK) 12.46 8.96 70 -28.5%
34 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), United Kingdom (UK) 4.99 8.40 34 67.4%
35 Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH), United Kingdom (UK) 7.43 7.95 107 6.4%
36 GlaxoSmithKline plc. (GSK), United Kingdom (UK) 11.51 7.22 58 -37.6%
37 University of Reading, United Kingdom (UK) 3.19 7.16 25 123.0%
38 Natural History Museum, United Kingdom (UK) 5.42 6.77 38 24.3%
39 University of Leicester, United Kingdom (UK) 10.80 6.56 40 -39.7%
40 London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), United Kingdom (UK) 7.62 6.30 67 -17.7%
41 University of Essex, United Kingdom (UK) 3.14 5.73 21 81.0%
42 University of Kent, United Kingdom (UK) 3.67 5.72 25 55.0%
43 NHS Lothian, United Kingdom (UK) 5.41 5.64 89 3.6%
44 Durham University, United Kingdom (UK) 7.10 5.57 29 -21.9%
45 Swansea University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.61 5.52 17 241.5%
46 Queen's University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom (UK) 3.07 5.32 32 72.6%
47 Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 3.71 5.25 91 40.6%
48 University of Bath, United Kingdom (UK) 7.39 5.16 34 -30.6%
49 University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom (UK) 6.99 4.41 41 -37.3%
50 Birkbeck, University of London (BBK), United Kingdom (UK) 5.92 3.50 25 -41.2%
51 Bangor University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.41 3.42 17 40.8%
52 Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom (UK) 3.31 3.30 11 -0.8%
53 University of London - Royal Holloway (RHUL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.71 3.18 19 16.9%
54 Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.06 3.00 8 44.9%
55 University of Plymouth, United Kingdom (UK) 4.65 2.93 20 -37.2%
56 University of Lincoln, United Kingdom (UK) 1.83 2.85 13 55.0%
57 Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom (UK) 0.51 2.84 14 454.1%
58 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 2.20 2.76 33 24.7%
59 University of Surrey, United Kingdom (UK) 3.52 2.35 17 -33.7%
60 University of Stirling, United Kingdom (UK) 3.10 2.26 11 -27.4%
61 St George's, University of London (SGUL), United Kingdom (UK) 1.32 2.20 24 65.8%
62 University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) 1.93 2.11 8 8.7%
63 Lancaster University, United Kingdom (UK) 2.89 2.10 26 -27.8%
64 Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), United Kingdom (UK) 0.15 2.10 6 1,277.6%
65 University of Hull, United Kingdom (UK) 1.37 2.08 14 51.3%
66 Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), United Kingdom (UK) 3.38 2.06 74 -39.4%
67 Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 2.17 2.04 35 -6.3%
68 Marine Biological Association of the UK, United Kingdom (UK) 0.24 1.96 6 729.4%
69 The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 2.62 1.96 64 -25.6%
70 NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), United Kingdom (UK) 2.40 1.92 18 -20.5%
71 Royal Veterinary College, University of London (RVC), United Kingdom (UK) 3.80 1.78 17 -53.4%
72 University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), United Kingdom (UK) 1.07 1.77 22 65.1%
73 Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom (UK) 2.23 1.77 24 -21.2%
74 South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), United Kingdom (UK) 0.60 1.73 26 185.1%
75 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom (UK) 2.00 1.70 8 -15.4%
76 City, University of London (CUL), United Kingdom (UK) 0.64 1.62 6 153.5%
77 Zoological Society of London (ZSL), United Kingdom (UK) 2.74 1.60 13 -42.0%
78 The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 3.37 1.56 17 -54.1%
79 Quadram Institute Bioscience, United Kingdom (UK) 0.35 1.50 11 320.2%
80 Public Health England (PHE), United Kingdom (UK) 1.78 1.44 20 -19.5%
81 Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 2.22 1.42 64 -36.6%
82 Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.06 1.36 45 27.3%
83 Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), United Kingdom (UK) 2.18 1.35 61 -38.6%
83 Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 2.18 1.35 61 -38.6%
84 Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.78 1.34 19 69.9%
85 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation (Gatsby), United Kingdom (UK) 1.01 1.33 13 31.0%
86 NERC British Antarctic Survey (BAS), United Kingdom (UK) 2.03 1.30 5 -36.3%
87 University of Brighton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.27 1.24 9 -3.1%
88 Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.61 1.22 15 98.8%
89 Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 3.07 1.20 28 -61.2%
90 University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 1.36 1.11 29 -19.1%
91 Earlham Institute (EI), United Kingdom (UK) 1.09 1.10 10 -0.3%
92 University of Ulster (UU), United Kingdom (UK) 0.07 1.07 3 1,412.5%
93 The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NUTH), United Kingdom (UK) 0.69 1.05 17 50.9%
94 British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), United Kingdom (UK) 0.05 1.02 3 1,828.3%
95 Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom (UK) 0.65 1.00 10 53.5%
96 University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom (UK) 1.26 0.99 4 -22.0%
97 University of Roehampton, United Kingdom (UK) 1.96 0.99 5 -49.8%
98 Animal Health Trust (AHT), United Kingdom (UK) 0.52 0.98 4 87.7%
99 United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom (UK) 0.70 0.98 4 40.0%
100 Keele University, United Kingdom (UK) 1.63 0.98 6 -40.3%

Footnote

Each year, the Nature Index publishes tables based on counts of high-quality research outputs in the previous calendar year. Users please note:

  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.