List of universities in England
As of August 2017, there were 109 universities and university colleges in England out of a total of around 130 in the United Kingdom. This includes private universities but does not include other Higher Education Institutions[Note 1] that have not been given the right to call themselves "university" or "university college" by the Privy Council or Companies House (e.g. colleges of higher education), or colleges of the University of London.
The following is a list of English universities and university colleges recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), together with the date on which they were created. HEFCE publishes the official list.
'Established' refers to the date when an institution was established as a university. Where two dates are listed below the first gives the year the institution became a University while the second (in parentheses) gives the year the institution was established in another form (for example if it was previously a College or a Central Institution). See also List of UK universities by date of foundation. If only a dash and a year in parentheses is given, the institution is either a university college or a college of the University of London and the date in parentheses refers to the year of its establishment.
'Number of students' is the total number of higher education students from the Higher Education Statistics Agency tables for 2015/16 for publicly-funded universities and the University of Buckingham. HESA statistics do not cover other private universities or private university colleges; student numbers for such institutions (where given) are referenced in the table.
'Tuition fee' refers to the annual tuition fee for Home/EU students studying full-time undergraduate degree courses, from the Reddin Survey of University Tuition Fees 2017-18 (except where otherwise referenced). 'p/g only' means the university is listed by HEFCE as providing postgraduate courses only, so has no undergraduate tuition fees.
'Degree powers' refers to whether the university has the power to award all degrees, degrees of the University of London, or taught degrees.[Note 2] Institutions with only foundation degree awarding powers are not eligible for university or university college title.
|University||Location||Established||Number of students||Tuition fee||Degree powers|
|AECC University College||Bournemouth||1965||-||-||Taught|
|Anglia Ruskin University||Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough||1992 (1858)||20,935||£9,250||Full|
|Arden University||Coventry (distance learning)||2015 (1990)||8,000||- (private)||Taught|
|Arts University Bournemouth||Poole||2012 (1885)||3,240||£9,250||Taught|
|University of the Arts London||London||2004||18,205||£9,250||Full|
|Aston University||Birmingham||1966 (1895)||12,495||£9,250||Full[Note 3]|
|University of Bath||Bath||1966||16,155||£9,250||Full|
|Bath Spa University||Bath||2005 (1852)||7,630||£9,250||Full|
|University of Bedfordshire||Bedford, Luton, Milton Keynes||2006||14,400||£9,250||Full|
|University of Birmingham||Birmingham||1900||33,830||£9,250||Full|
|University College Birmingham[Note 4]||Birmingham||2012 (1957)||5,025||£9,076||Taught|
|Birmingham City University||Birmingham||1992 (1843)||24,065||£9,250||Full|
|Bishop Grosseteste University||Lincoln||2012 (1862)||2,235||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Bolton||Bolton||2004 (1982)||6,320||£9,250||Full|
|Bournemouth University||Bournemouth, Poole||1992||19,045||£9,250||Full|
|BPP University||Abingdon, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester||2013 (1992)||6,780||- (private)||Taught|
|University of Bradford||Bradford||1966 (1957)||11,215||£9,250||Full|
|University of Brighton||Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings||1992 (1859)||21,135||£9,250||Full|
|University of Bristol||Bristol||1909 (1876)||21,905||£9,250||Full|
|Brunel University London||Uxbridge (London)||1966||14,165||£9,250||Full|
|University of Buckingham||Buckingham||1983 (1973)||2,400||£12,444 (private)||Full|
|Buckinghamshire New University||High Wycombe, Uxbridge (London)||2007 (1999)||8,580||£7,8-9,250||Taught|
|University of Cambridge||Cambridge||1209||19,660||£9,250||Full|
|Canterbury Christ Church University||Broadstairs, Canterbury, Medway, Tunbridge Wells||2005 (1977)||16,055||£9,250||Full|
|University of Central Lancashire||Preston||1992 (1828)||24,460||£9,250||Full|
|University of Chester||Chester, Warrington||2005 (1839)||14,915||£9,250||Full|
|University of Chichester||Chichester||2005 (1977)||5,520||£6,000–9,250||Full|
|Coventry University||Coventry||1992 (1843)||29,430||£6,009–9,250||Full|
|Cranfield University||Cranfield, Shrivenham||1993 (1946)||3,980||p/g only||Full|
|University for the Creative Arts||Canterbury, Epsom, Farnham, Maidstone, Rochester||2005||4,805||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Cumbria||Ambleside, Barrow, Carlisle, Lancaster, Penrith, Tower Hamlets (London)||2007||8,790||£9,250||Taught|
|De Montfort University||Leicester||1992 (1969)||20,905||£9,250||Full|
|University of Derby||Derby||1992 (1977)||16,300||£9,250||Full|
|Durham University||Durham, Stockton||1832||17,810||£9,250||Full|
|University of East Anglia||Norwich||1963||16,145||£9,250||Full|
|University of East London||Newham (London)||1992 (1970)||13,630||£9,250||Full|
|Edge Hill University||Ormskirk||2006 (1959)||15,540||£9,250||Full|
|University of Essex||Colchester||1964||13,795||£9,250||Full|
|University College of Estate Management||Reading||– (1919)||–||- (private)||Taught|
|University of Exeter||Exeter, Penryn||1955 (1922)||21,670||£9,250||Full|
|Falmouth University||Falmouth, Penryn||2012 (1902)||4,655||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Gloucestershire||Cheltenham, Gloucester||2001 (1998)||7,835||£9,250||Full|
|University of Greenwich||Chatham, Greenwich (London)||1992 (1890)||20,645||£9,250||Full|
|Harper Adams University||Edgmond||2012 (1901)||5,575||£9,250||Full|
|University of Hertfordshire||Hatfield||1992 (1952)||24,655||£9,250||Full|
|University of Huddersfield||Huddersfield||1992 (1825)||19,270||£9,250||Full|
|University of Hull||Hull, Scarborough||1954 (1927)||16,305||£9,250||Full|
|Imperial College London[Note 5]||South Kensington (London)||2007 (1907)||17,035||£9,250||Full|
|Keele University||Keele||1962 (1949)||10,120||£9,250||Full|
|University of Kent||Canterbury, Medway, Tonbridge, Athens, Brussels, Paris, Rome||1965||19,670||£9,250||Full|
|Kingston University||Kingston upon Thames||1992 (1899)||20,885||£9,250||Full|
|University of Law||Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Leeds, London||2012||16,000||£6,165-9,000||Taught|
|University of Leeds||Leeds||1904||31,790||£9,250||Full|
|Leeds Arts University||Leeds||2017 (1846)||1,320||Taught|
|Leeds Beckett University||Leeds||1992 (1970)||25,920||£9,250||Full|
|Leeds Trinity University||Leeds||2012 (1966)||3,715||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Leicester||Leicester||1957 (1921)||17,825||£9,250||Full|
|University of Lincoln||Lincoln||1992||13,475||£9,250||Full|
|University of Liverpool||Liverpool||1903||24,775||£9,250||Full|
|Liverpool Hope University||Liverpool||2005 (1844)||4,940||£9,250||Full|
|Liverpool John Moores University||Liverpool||1992 (1892)||21,875||£9,250||Full|
|University of London||London, Paris||1836||195[Note 6]||- (Fees set by colleges)||Full|
|Birkbeck, University of London→||London||– (1823)||12,245||£9,250||Full, London|
|City, University of London→||London||– (1894)||18,995||£9,250||Full, London|
|Courtauld Institute of Art→||London||– (1932)||505||£9,250||London|
|Goldsmiths, University of London→||London||– (1904)||8,525||£9,250||Full, London|
|Heythrop College→||London||– (1614)||560||No longer admitting students||Full, London|
|Institute of Cancer Research→||London||– (1909)||275||p/g only||London|
|King's College London→||London||– (1829) founding college||28,900||£9,250||Full, London|
|London Business School→||London||– (1964)||2,075||p/g only||Full, London|
|London School of Economics→||London||– (1895)||10,440||£9,250||Full, London|
|London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine→||London||– (1899)||1,210||p/g only||Full, London|
|Queen Mary, University of London→||London||– (1887)||17,140||£9,250||Full, London|
|Royal Academy of Music→||London||– (1822)||760||£9,250||Taught, London|
|Royal Central School of Speech and Drama→||London||– (1906)||1,045||£9,250||London|
|Royal Holloway, University of London→||Surrey||– (1849)||9,985||£9,250||Full, London|
|Royal Veterinary College→||London, Hertfordshire||– (1791)||2,290||£9,250||Full, London|
|St George's, University of London→||London||– (1733)||5,925||£9,250||Full, London|
|School of Oriental and African Studies→||London||– (1916)||6,070||£9,250||Full, London|
|University College London→||London||– (1826) founding college||37,135||£9,250||Full, London|
|London Institute of Banking & Finance[Note 7]||London||– (1879)||-||- (private)||Taught|
|London Metropolitan University||London||2002||12,865||£6,750-9,250||Full|
|London South Bank University||Southwark (London)||1992 (1892)||17,605||£9,000||Full|
|University of Manchester||Manchester||2004 (1824)||39,700||£9,250||Full|
|Manchester Metropolitan University||Manchester||1992 (1970)||32,485||£9,250||Full|
|Middlesex University||Hendon (London)||1992 (1973)||19,110||£9,250||Full|
|Newcastle University||Newcastle||1963 (1834)||23,795||£9,250||Full|
|Newman University||Birmingham||2012 (1968)||2,810||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Northampton||Northampton||2005 (1975)||12,985||£9,250||Full|
|Northumbria University||Newcastle||1992 (1892)||27,165||£9,250||Full|
|Norwich University of the Arts||Norwich||2012 (1845)||1,995||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Nottingham||Nottingham||1948 (1881)||32,125||£9,250||Full|
|Nottingham Trent University||Nottingham||1992 (1843)||27,920||£9,250||Full|
|Open University||Milton Keynes||1969||101,490[Note 8]||-||Full|
|University of Oxford||Oxford||1096||24,860||£9,250||Full|
|Oxford Brookes University||Oxford||1992 (1970)||17,840||£9,250||Full|
|Plymouth University||Plymouth||1992 (1862)||23,155||£9,250||Full|
|University of Portsmouth||Portsmouth||1992 (1960)||22,060||£9,250||Full|
|University of Reading||Reading||1926 (1892)||14,980||£9,250||Full|
|Regent's University London||London||2013 (1984)||–||- (private)||Taught|
|Roehampton University||Roehampton (London)||2004 (1841)||8,750||£9,250||Taught|
|Royal Agricultural University||Cirencester||2012 (1845)||1,200||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Salford||Salford||1992 (1967)||20,520||£9,250||Full|
|University of Sheffield||Sheffield||1905||27,925||£9,250||Full|
|Sheffield Hallam University||Sheffield||1992||31,485||£9,250||Full|
|University of Southampton||Southampton||1952 (1902)||24,875||£9,250||Full|
|Southampton Solent University||Southampton||2005 (1984)||11,285||£9,250||Full|
|University of St Mark & St John||Plymouth||2012 (1923)||2,365||£9,250||Taught|
|St Mary's University, Twickenham||Strawberry Hill (London)||2014 (1850)||5,535||£9,250||Taught|
|Staffordshire University||Lichfield, Shrewsbury, Stafford, Stoke||1992||15,860||£9,250||Full|
|University of Suffolk||Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds, Great Yarmouth, Lowestoft||2016 (2007)||5,030||£9,250||Taught|
|University of Sunderland||Sunderland||1992 (1901)||12,995||£9,250||Full|
|University of Surrey||Guildford||1966 (1891)||15,050||£9,250||Full|
|University of Sussex||Falmer||1961||15,155||£9,250||Full|
|Teesside University||Darlington, Middlesbrough||1992 (1930)||18,575||£9,250||Full|
|University of Warwick||Coventry||1965||24,665||£9,250||Full|
|University of West London||Brentford, Ealing (both London), Reading||1992||10,410||£9,250||Full|
|University of the West of England||Bristol||1992 (1970)||27,715||£9,250||Full|
|University of Westminster||London||1992 (1838)||20,195||£9,250||Full|
|University of Winchester||Winchester||2005 (1840)||7,540||£9,250||Full|
|University of Wolverhampton||Burton, Telford, Walsall, Wolverhampton||1992 (1969)||19,790||£9,250||Full|
|University of Worcester||Worcester||1997||10,455||£9,250||Full|
|Writtle University College||Chelmsford||– (1893)||805||£9,250||Taught|
|University of York||York||1963||17,155||£9,250||Full|
|York St John University||York||2006 (1841)||5,980||£9,250||Full|
- Higher Education Institution is a term defined by the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, meaning any UK University, higher education corporation or institution designated by Parliamentary Order as eligible to receive funding grants. Note this does not include colleges of the University of London.
- This information is taken from individual institution profiles on the HEFCE register.
- Listed as "Taught" on the HEFCE database. This would appear to be an error - the latest QAA report says Aston awards research degrees.
- Despite its name, UCB holds University status
- Despite its name, Imperial holds University status
- "institutes and activities" – does not include students at colleges of the University
- Holds university college status
- "in England" – also has students in other parts of the UK
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