London universities have received critical acclaim in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014.
Britain has kept its global position, with institutions within London, Oxford and Cambridge rising by six places on average, enjoying more plaudits than universities in the rest of the country.
Oxford and Cambridge maintained their 2012-13 positions (joint-second and seventh respectively), while the London School of Economics climbed to 32nd and King’s College London rose from 57th to 38th.
As well as this, two other institutions in the capital saw rises in the worldwide table, with Royal Holloway, University of London jumping from 119th to 102nd, and Queen Mary, University of London upping its position from joint 145th to joint 114th.
However, Imperial College London went down two places to 10th, while University College London fell four places to 21st.
Speaking to Times Higher Education, Jeremy Kilburn, vice-principal of Queen Mary, said: “We’ve probably benefited from the spotlight on Stratford from the Olympics and a general sense that the East End is a ‘happening’ part of London – plugged into Tech City.”
The increasingly positive press received by London universities could help to attract a higher number of students to the city, resulting in more demand for student rooms. This in turn will give investors in student accommodation assurance that they will make maximum returns on opportunities through fully-occupied buildings.
The capital is bound to be an enticing location for students, as it offers an array of cultural attractions along with entertainment events and fantastic prospects for work.
Along with domestic students, London will prove particularly appealing for those travelling to the UK to learn.
For many people overseas, the city is their main reference point for the country and the prospect of living there is bound to be exciting.
Critical acclaim is proving harder to come by for many universities away from the capital, with Edinburgh’s ranking, for example, falling from to 39th from 32nd.
Times Higher Education bases the rankings on 13 performance indicators, examining strengths in teaching, research and knowledge transfer.