List of universities in the United Kingdom

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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.

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Universities alphabetically

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 here if they hold university status.

King's College at the University of Aberdeen King's College, Aberdeen (4315559621).jpg
King's College at the University of Aberdeen
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University of Bath library
Aston Webb Hall at Birmingham University Aston Webb Hall, Birmingham University.jpg
Aston Webb Hall at Birmingham University
The Arches, on the King's Road built in 1911, are an iconic symbol of Newcastle University. Newcastle University campus.jpg
The Arches, on the King's Road built in 1911, are an iconic symbol of Newcastle University.
The iconic King's College Chapel of the University of Cambridge (centre), built between 1441 and 1515 Kings College Chapel Cambridge.JPG
The iconic King's College Chapel of the University of Cambridge (centre), built between 1441 and 1515
Durham Castle, a building of Durham University Durham Castle Bergfried.jpg
Durham Castle, a building of Durham University
Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia Earlham Hall, Law School of theUniversity of East Anglia.jpg
Earlham Hall at the University of East Anglia
The Old College of the University of Edinburgh Old College, University of Edinburgh.JPG
The Old College of the University of Edinburgh
Imperial College London Imperial College London - Royal School of Mines.JPG
Imperial College London
The Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds Parkinson Building, Leeds University, England-12Sept2010.jpg
The Parkinson Building at the University of Leeds
Hazlerigg Building at the Loughborough University Loughborough University buildings 4.jpg
Hazlerigg Building at the Loughborough University
Foxhill House, home of the School of Law, at the University of Reading Foxhill from the west.jpg
Foxhill House, home of the School of Law, at the University of Reading
St Salvator's Quad at the University of St Andrews St Andrews University - geograph.org.uk - 135908.jpg
St Salvator's Quad at the University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde University of Strathclyde, Jordanhill campus - geograph.org.uk - 481744.jpg
University of Strathclyde
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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.

Member institutions of the University of London

All member institutions of the University of London are recognised bodies as institutions that have the right to grant University of London degrees. Some also hold their own degree awarding powers and, since the passing of the University of London Act 2018, can apply for university status in their own right without leaving the federal university. [10] Member institutions that are also universities in their own right are listed both here and in the list of universities above.

The Founder's Building of Royal Holloway Founder's Building, Royal Holloway, south quad.jpg
The Founder's Building of Royal Holloway
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University College London Main Building

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.

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

While based in the UK, these are not considered UK universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government unless separately listed in one of the categories above.

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". [16] [17] There are also two branches of overseas universities that are "listed bodies", offering courses leading to a UK degree from a "registered body". [18] 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

Universities in British Overseas Territories are not considered UK Universities and are not recognised as UK degree-awarding bodies by the British government. [24]

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University of the West Indies in Mona

Anguilla

Bermuda

Cayman Islands

Gibraltar

Montserrat

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 [26] [27] 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. [28]

See also

Notes

  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 [7]

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