Among the many interesting sources of information that The Complete University Guide website hosts are it’s university league tables. As my students have heard me say many times the overall tables are not as useful as the subject specific ones and even they should not be your primary method of selecting a university. Having said that used wisely and looking at all the criteria scores not just the overall ranking they can be a useful piece of information to have alongside your own more qualitative research.
In the 2016 rankings there are two universities who have climbed into the Top 10 from being in the Top 20 last year: The University of Surrey ranked 8th and the University of Lancaster ranked 9th with UCL slipping further down the table into 10th place. The University of Leeds and the University of Edinburgh have both moved into the Top 20 and the fastest climber is the University of Sussex rising from 38th to 21st.
The expanded view shown below gives you a much better idea of the criteria used to rank and where each university is doing well. The student satisfaction rating, graduate prospects or the student-staff ratio may be more important to you than the percentage of students who completed their degree or the intensity of the research being completed for example.