UK universities have seen a marked decline in their standing on an influential global ranking list, published by QS, this year. Almost three quarters of all UK universities saw their ranking drop and those at the very top were not spared. Oxford slipped from fourth to fifth and University College London fell from eighth to tenth.

The only UK university in the top 20 to improve was Imperial College, which climbed one place to eighth. While the UK still remains a global leader in higher education, with some of the world’s best institutions, these are the worst rankings the UK universities system has ever received. They are also the culmination of four years of continuous decline by the UK on this ranking system.