League tables

UCL and league table performance

League tables of universities are compiled using varying methodologies. The table below shows how UCL has performed in a selection of national and international league tables over the last decade.

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
 2013
2014
2015

QS World Rankings

25 25 9 7 4 4 7
4 4
5
 

Academic Ranking of World Universities

26
26
25
22
21
21
20
21
21
20
 

Times Higher World Rankings

n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 22 17
17
21    

The Sunday Times

5
5
5
5
6
4
4
7
7
9
 

The Guardian

7 7 4 5 7 6 5
5 6 5 11

Complete University Guide (Independent)

n/a n/a n/a 6 8 8 9 7 7
9

The Times Good University Guide

6 6 5 6 7 5 7 5 7 9
 

Note on these rankings: International rankings, including the QS, Times Higher and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Rankings run with the academic year. As such 2011–12 is listed as 2011. 

The rest of the rankings are categorised by the year given to them by the respective publications, although they are released a year before this. So, for example, the 2013 Complete University Guide was released in 2012.