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University of Southampton drops in world league table
THE University of Southampton's global ranking has slipped slightly according to an influential new league table.
Last year, it was joint 127th.
The league table is compiled by comparing higher education providers on 13 different areas, including teaching, research, citations, industry outlook and their international outlook.
America's California Institute of Technology has again topped the rankings, with Oxford University coming second.
Despite an ongoing drive to establish Southampton in the world's top 100, it has been overtaken in this year's rankings by two other English universities - Nottingham, which has gone from 140th to 120th place, and Warwick, which is joint 124th compared with 157th last year.
Aside from Oxford's success, which has seen it rise from fourth in 2011, the study is generally bad news overall for British higher education.
Just 10 UK universities are in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2012/13, compared with 12 last year and 14 in 2010/11.
The table's authors warned that, beyond the very best institutions, UK universities face “a collapse in their global position within a generation”.
Rankings editor Phil Baty said: “Outside the golden triangle of London, Oxford and Cambridge, England's world-class universities face a collapse into global mediocrity.
“Huge investment in top research universities across Asia is starting to pay off.
“And while the sun rises in the East, England faces a perfect storm: falling public investment in teaching and research; hostile visa conditions discouraging the world's top academics and students from coming here; and serious uncertainty about where our next generation of scholars will come from, with a policy vacuum surrounding postgraduate study.”
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