List of universities in the United Kingdom

This is a list of universities in the United Kingdom (alphabetical by substantive name). Below that are lists of university colleges and other recognised bodies (institutions with degree awarding powers), followed by a list of defunct institutions.

Universities alphabetically

See also: List of UK universities by date of foundation, and List of UK universities by size

This list follows the list of recognised bodies on the UK government website.[1] All the institutions on this list are recognised bodies with university status, indicated either by their use of university title in their name on the recognised bodies list or by reference to the Office for Students database[2] for the few universities that do not use the title in their name. Member institutions of the University of London are listed under the University of London.

Anglia Ruskin Cambridge Main, 28 Sep, 2012
Helmore Building at Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus
The Library, University of Bath - - 795438
University of Bath library
Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University
Aston Webb Hall at Birmingham University
Reed Hall 3
Reed Hall at the University of Exeter
Kings College Chapel Cambridge
The iconic King's College Chapel of the University of Cambridge (centre), built between 1441 and 1515
Durham Castle Bergfried
Durham Castle, a building of Durham University
Earlham Hall, Law School of theUniversity of East Anglia
Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia
Old College, University of Edinburgh
The Old College of the University of Edinburgh
Imperial College London - Royal School of Mines
Imperial College London
Parkinson Building, Leeds University, England-12Sept2010
The Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds
Founder's Building, Royal Holloway, south quad
The Founder's Building of Royal Holloway
Foxhill from the west
Foxhill House, home of the School of Law, at the University of Reading
St Andrews University - - 135908
St Salvator's Quad at the University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde, Jordanhill campus - - 481744
University of Strathclyde
University of Ulster, Belfast, May 2012 (03)
University of Ulster, Belfast

University colleges

This is a list of university colleges in the UK. Institutions included on this list are university colleges that are recognised bodies with their own degree awarding powers;[1] it does not include institutions with "university college" in their title that are listed bodies as parts of a university (see colleges within universities in the United Kingdom), or other institutions with "university college" in their title. Separate citations are given for institutions that have been awarded university college title recently and are not yet shown under that name on the recognised bodies list or which do not use the title in their name.

Other recognised bodies

This section lists other education institutions that hold their own degree awarding powers but are neither universities (or colleges of the University of London) nor university colleges.[1]

Recognised bodies that can only award foundation degrees

These institutions are recognised bodies with foundation degree awarding powers only.[1]

Defunct university institutions

This section lists defunct universities, university colleges, polytechnics and colleges of federal universities.

UMIST Sackville Street Building
Former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) main building, now used by The University of Manchester

Foreign universities with campuses in the United Kingdom

Note: while based in the UK, these are not considered UK Universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government.

There are 40 "Overseas Higher Education Institutions" that have been approved for student visa purposes by the UK Government as offering "an overseas course of degree level study that's equal to a UK higher education course".[11][12] There us also one overseas universities that is a "listed body", offering courses leading to a UK degree from a "registered body".[13] The following are approved overseas higher education institutions and foreign universities that are listed bodies in the UK, with their UK locations:

Universities in British overseas territories

Note: these are not considered UK Universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government.[19]


UWI Mona Campus Main Library
University of the West Indies in Mona


British Virgin Islands

Cayman Islands



Turks and Caicos Islands

Universities in Crown Dependencies

See list of universities in the Isle of Man for university institutions on the Isle of Man. There are currently no universities in the Channel Islands; in 2013[21][22] the States of Guernsey gave approval for the opening of a university there but, as of February 2017, no progress has been made on the project.[23]

See also


  1. ^ Despite its name, University College Birmingham holds full university status.[3]
  2. ^ Despite its name, Imperial College holds full university status.[4]
  3. ^ Functionally merged with UWTSD in 2017 but still constitutionally separate[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Check if a university or college is officially recognised". 28 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Existing regulatory data". Office for Students. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  3. ^ "University College Birmingham". HEFCE. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine". HEFCE. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Leeds Arts University established as Leeds College of Art gains university status!". Leeds Arts University. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Merger FAQs" (PDF). University of Wales. January 2018. Retrieved 19 August 2018.
  7. ^ "AECC University College". HEFCE. Retrieved 27 August 2017.
  8. ^ "The London Institute of Banking & Finance". HEFCE. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Hartpury becomes second FE college to earn degree awarding powers". FE Week. 31 July 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Degree awarding powers granted to Richmond, the American International University in London". Richmond, The American International University in London. 29 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Tier 4 (General) student visa". Government of the United Kingdom. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Register of licensed sponsors: students". UK Visas and Immigration. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Check if a university or college is officially recognised". Government of the United Kingdom. 7 March 2017. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Educational Oversight: report of the monitoring visit of Amity Global Education Ltd t/a Amity University [In] London" (PDF). Quality Assurance Agency. November 2015. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  15. ^ "About Us – History, Facts and Features". Harlaxton College. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  16. ^ "The Bader International Study Centre". Queen's University, Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  17. ^ "Harlow Campus". Memorial University. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Wisconsin in Scotland". University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  19. ^ "Recognised UK degrees". Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  20. ^ Archived 29 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ "Channel Islands university supported by Guernsey States". BBC. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  22. ^ "University of the Channel Islands in Guernsey: Vision Statement". Susan Jackson Associates. September 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  23. ^ "Guernsey 'could have its own university'". 16 February 2017.

External links

1994 Group

The 1994 Group was a coalition of smaller research-intensive universities in the United Kingdom, founded in 1994 to defend these universities' interests following the creation of the Russell Group by larger research-intensive universities earlier that year.

The 1994 Group originally represented seventeen universities, rising to nineteen, and then dropping to eleven. The Group started to falter in 2012, when a number of high performing members left to join the Russell Group. The 1994 Group ultimately dissolved in November 2013.

Education in England

Education in England is overseen by the United Kingdom's Department for Education. Local government authorities are responsible for implementing policy for public education and state-funded schools at a local level.

England also has a tradition of independent schools (some of which call themselves "public schools") and home education; legally, parents may choose to educate their children by any permitted means. State-funded schools are categorized as selective grammar schools or comprehensive schools. Comprehensive schools are further subdivided by funding into free schools, other academies, any remaining Local Authority schools and others. More freedom is given to free schools, including most religious schools, and other academies in terms of curriculum. All are subject to assessment and inspection by the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, or Ofsted.

The state-funded education system is divided into stages based upon age: Early Years Foundation Stage (ages 3–5); primary education (ages 5 to 11), subdivided into Key Stage 1 (KS1) Infants (ages 5 to 7) and Key Stage 2 (KS2) Juniors (ages 7 to 11); secondary education (ages 11 to 16), subdivided into Key Stage 3 (KS3; ages 11 to 14) and Key Stage 4 (KS4; ages 14 to 16); Key Stage 5 is post-16 education (ages 16 to 18); and tertiary education (for ages 18+).At age 16 the students typically take exams for the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) or other Level 1/2 qualifications. While education is compulsory until 18, schooling is compulsory to 16, thus post-16 education can take a number of forms, and may be academic or vocational. This can involve continued schooling, known as "sixth form" or "college", leading (typically after two years of further study) to A-level qualifications (similar to a high school diploma in some other countries), or a number of alternative Level 3 qualifications such as Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC), the International Baccalaureate (IB), Cambridge Pre-U, WJEC or Eduqas. It can also include work-based apprenticeships or traineeships, or volunteering.Higher education often begins with a three-year bachelor's degree. Postgraduate degrees include master's degrees, either taught or by research, and doctoral level research degrees that usually take at least three years. Tuition fees for first degrees in public universities are up to £9,250 per academic year for English, Welsh and European Union students.The Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) covers national school examinations and vocational education qualifications. It is referenced to the European Qualifications Framework, and thus to other qualifications frameworks across the European Union. The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ), which is tied to the RQF, covers degrees and other qualifications from degree-awarding bodies. This is referenced to the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area developed under the Bologna process.

Index of United Kingdom-related articles

The following is an alphabetical list of articles related to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

List of UK universities by date of foundation

This is a list of Universities in the United Kingdom by the date of their foundation as universities.

In many cases the supposed date of foundation as a university is open to debate, particularly for the ancient universities. For the modern (post 1800) universities, the date of achieving university status (by royal charter, act of parliament, order in council, or decision of Companies House) is given. Former universities with extant successor institutions in the UK are given in italics.

List of UK universities by endowment

The following is a list of British universities ordered by their financial endowments, expressed in pounds sterling at fair value. All sources are official audited financial statements published in the respective fiscal years. Note that changes to the Financial Reporting Standards (FRS 102) and Statement of Recommended Accounting Practice (SORP) in 2015 mean endowments as of 2016 are not directly comparable in all cases with those for previous years.

List of colleges in the United Kingdom offering higher education courses

This is a list of colleges in the United Kingdom offering higher education courses. Many of the colleges below are "listed bodies" that are authorised to offer courses leading to a degree from a UK university or other body with degree-awarding powers. Others may offer non-degree higher education courses such as Higher National Diplomas or Higher National Certificates.

List of largest universities and university networks by enrollment

This list of largest universities by enrollment in the world includes total active enrollment across all campuses, as well as off-campus study. The enrollment numbers listed are the sum of undergraduate and graduate students in active enrollment. The universities included below confer degrees of bachelor-level or higher, and either share a central board of governance and a single chancellor or president, or confer degrees with the same institution name.

Many of these universities, particularly those in the United States, are actually systems of separate university campuses, and may not accurately represent a comparable student body. For example, the enrollment listed for the University of California is the population of the entire student body in the University of California system, which is composed of several individual campuses statewide. All University of California campuses are entitled "University of California" and then denoted further by the campus location, such as "University of California, Irvine". Other states organize their public universities differently in ways that further complicate any direct comparisons.

List of pharmacy schools in the United Kingdom

This list of schools of pharmacy in the United Kingdom includes all thirty RPSGB or PSNI registered MPharm degree-issuing schools of pharmacy in the United Kingdom. There are twenty-six such schools in England, two in Scotland, one in Wales and two in Northern Ireland.

List of students' unions in the United Kingdom

In the United Kingdom, students' unions are organisations which exist at universities to represent the interests of students. Although most are known as "Students' Unions" other common terms include "Guilds of Students " and "Students' Associations", the latter being the more common term in Scotland. Student unions facilitate student societies, such as sports clubs and student newspapers, as well as representing students politically to their respective universities and at a national level. Most unions are affiliated to the National Union of Students, although it is possible for unions to disaffiliate from the NUS and for individual students not to be a member of their union. Although most students' unions are members of the NUS, there are several other representative bodies of which unions may be members, such as the Aldwych Group, for unions of Russell Group institutions, and the National Postgraduate Committee, which represents postgraduate students. In Northern Ireland, all unions are members of the National Union of Students-Union of Students in Ireland.

Students' unions tend to be run by a team of student-elected sabbatical officers. Funding for the unions comes from a "block grant" from the university and the provision of services to members through the running of shops and bars. Students' unions are regulated under the Education Act 1994, an Act of Parliament which states that student unions must be run in a democratic manner. Edinburgh University Students' Association is the oldest students' union in the United Kingdom and Liverpool Guild of Students is England's oldest students' union. The University of Glasgow is unique in having two independent students' unions, although undergraduates usually only join one of these (but can choose to join both). The President of the National Union of Students is Shakira Martin (NUS).

List of universities in England

As of August 2017, there were 106 universities in England and 5 university colleges out of a total of around 130 in the United Kingdom. This includes private universities but does not include other Higher Education Institutions that have not been given the right to call themselves "university" or "university college" by the Privy Council or Companies House (e.g. colleges of higher education), or colleges of the University of London.

The following is a list of English universities and university colleges recognised by the Office for Students (OfS), together with the date on which they were created. OfS publishes the official list.

List of universities in Northern Ireland

This is a list of universities, university colleges and colleges in Northern Ireland.

List of universities in the United Kingdom by enrolment

This is a list of institutions in the United Kingdom by the number of students enrolled in higher education courses. The source for the figures is the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) statistics for 2016/17. The student numbers include full-time and part-time, and are broken down into undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some institutes enrol students in both higher education and further education courses, so student numbers may be higher for such institutes. Numbers are of actual enrollments, not FTEs. The data show that 2.28 million people were enrolled in higher education at the 167 higher education providers reporting statistics to HESA.

Statistics are for students within the UK only and do not include distance-learning students studying overseas. There were 663,915 overseas students recorded by HESA in 2014/15, of which 42.7% were studying on Association of Chartered Certified Accountants courses and registered at Oxford Brookes University. Other significant overseas programs include the University of London (Worldwide), with 52,000 students in 2014/15.

Outline of the United Kingdom

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; a sovereign state in Europe, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK), or Britain. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, it includes the island of Great Britain—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands

Universities UK

Universities UK is an advocacy organisation for universities in the United Kingdom. It began life as the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom (CVCP) in the nineteenth century when there were informal meetings involving vice-chancellors of a number of universities and principals of university colleges. The current president is Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool. The current Chief Executive is Alistair Jarvis, who took up this role in August 2017. Now a registered charity, the organisation has an annual income of £11.6 million.

Universities in the United Kingdom

Universities in the United Kingdom have generally been instituted by Royal Charter, Papal Bull, Act of Parliament, or an instrument of government under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 or the Higher Education and Research Act 2017. Degree awarding powers and university title are protected by law, although the precise arrangements for gaining these vary between the constituent countries of the United Kingdom.

Institutions that hold degree awarding powers are termed recognised bodies, this list includes all universities, university colleges and colleges of the University of London, some higher education colleges, and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Degree courses may also be provided at listed bodies, leading to degrees validated by a recognised body. Undergraduate applications to almost all UK universities are managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

While legally, 'university' refers to an institution that has been granted the right to use the title, in common usage it now normally includes colleges of the University of London, including in official documents such as the Dearing Report.The representative bodies for higher education providers in the United Kingdom are Universities UK and GuildHE.

University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a public university based on five campuses in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings on the south coast of England. Its roots can be traced back to 1858 when the Brighton School of Art was opened in the Royal Pavilion. It achieved university status in 1992.

The university focuses on professional education, with the majority of degrees awarded also recognised by professional organisations or leading to professional qualifications. Subjects include pharmacy, engineering, ecology, computing, mathematics, architecture, geology, nursing, teaching, sport science, journalism, criminology and business. It has 21,655 students and 2,700 staff.

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Overseas territories
Crown dependencies
University associations and groupings in the United Kingdom
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