List of Public Universities in the United Kingdom

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List of Public Universities in the United Kingdom
Universities prepare students for working life. (university image by Yuriy Rozanov from Fotolia.com)

Many British universities are famous around the world, particularly the ones that have existed for hundreds of years. The leading universities are respected for their high standard of teaching and research. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, considered the most authoritative survey, includes a large proportion of British public universities in its annual lists.

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University of Cambridge

In 2009, the University of Cambridge celebrated its 800th year. The university is made up of 31 colleges and six schools, and its alumni include some of the world's greatest scientists and contributors to the arts. Research conducted here is world-renowned, particularly for the discovery of how DNA works. Current research involves infectious disease, cancer and neuroscience.

Cambridge maintains a rivalry with the University of Oxford, culminating each year in a televised boat race between teams from the two institutions. The Cambridge Footlights performance group has produced many leading comedians, such as Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Eric Idle.

University of Cambridge

The Old Schools, Trinity Lane

Cambridge CB2 1TN

United Kingdom

cam.ac.uk

University College, London

Thirty-six fellows of the Royal Society are based at University College, London, and the university's alumni include 21 Nobel laureates, most in chemistry and medicine. Degree programs include many subject areas in mathematics, biology, chemistry and history. Many languages are offered, including ancient Greek, Latin, Yiddish and African languages. The master programs include architecture, clinical dentistry and laws. Graduate diplomas are offered in town and country planning, architecture, statistics and archaeology.

University College, London

Gower Street

London WC1E 6BT

United Kingdom

44-020-7679-2000

ucl.ac.uk

Imperial College, London

Imperial College specialises in the sciences and contributes to important research. The faculties are in engineering, medicine and natural sciences. A business school also operates. The university has partnerships with many prominent organisations, including the Institute for Global Health, the Institute for Mathematical Sciences and the Energy Futures Lab. The 10 bells in Queen's Tower ring out on royal anniversaries and on special occasions associated with the college.

Imperial College, London

South Kensington Campus

London SW7 2AZ

United Kingdom

44-020-7589-5111

imperial.ac.uk

University of Oxford

Matthew Arnold celebrates the University of Oxford in a poem with the line "the city of dreaming spires." The exact date of the university's origin is unknown, but some scholars date it from the 11th century. Oxford is made up of 38 self-governing colleges and four academic divisions: Humanities, Medical Sciences, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, and Social Sciences. Each division is involved in research; current research includes climate change and new vaccines.

University of Oxford

University Offices

Wellington Square

Oxford OX1 2JD

United Kingdom

44-01865- 270-927

ox.ac.uk

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