Edinburgh University ranked fifth best in UK

Edinburgh University. Picture;  Ian Georgeson

Edinburgh University. Picture; Ian Georgeson

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A list from the Centre for World University Rankings has put Edinburgh in the top five universities in the UK.

Edinburgh was beaten only by Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial in a list of over 25,000 universities.

Edinburgh University, Old College building, Quad. Picture; Ian Georgeson,

Edinburgh University, Old College building, Quad. Picture; Ian Georgeson,

As well as being in the top percentile of UK universities, Edinburgh University was listed as the 55th best university in the world.

The study into the quality of universities took into account a number of factors such as the quality of teaching, post-study employment rates and academic citations. The rankings also looked to analyse the “broad impact” each university had on a global scale.

The University of Edinburgh was the top-ranked Scottish university with Glasgow University coming 9th in the UK, St Andrews was ranked 28th and the University of Strathclyde finished 36th.