Imperial College London has once again been ranked the fifth-best university in the world, in a joint positioning with Oxford University in a league table produced annually by The Times Higher Education Supplement.
The table is mainly based upon how much of the institution's work is cited in academia, and upon the opinions of 9,386 academics and 2,339 potential employers.
The table now takes into account whether the university is specialist or whether it offers a more general range of degree courses and research.
One major change in this year's table is the position of UCL, who have beaten both Imperial College and Oxford University to 4th place.
This is three places higher than UCL ranked in 2008, having only entered the top ten in 2007.
The UCL ranking follows the news that the university will today sign an agreement with Yale, the third-place entry in the league, to conduct joint-research into medicine and health-care.
Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group, said that "the precise accuracy of league tables like this can be debated, but there is no mistaking the alarm bell warning that our success is at risk if we as a nation don't take action to fight off such fierce competition".
The Top 10:
- 1 Harvard University (US)
- 2 Cambridge University (UK)
- 3 Yale University (US)
- 4 University College London (UK)
- 5 Imperial College London (UK)
- = Oxford University (UK)
- 7 University of Chicago (US)
- 8 Princeton University (US)
- 9 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (US)
- 10 California Institute of Technology (US)