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Warning over falling world ratings for some UK universities
LEADING universities in cities such as Newcastle and Manchester are at risk of losing their reputations as being among the best in the world to study for a degree, research suggests.
The golden triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London is fast becoming Britains last bastion of world class education and research, according to new international rankings.
The latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2013/14 show that overall, the UK is holding its position, with 31 institutions in the top 200, more than any other country except the United States.
But a number of institutions outside London and Oxbridge have dropped down the table.
The UK has three universities in the top 10, with Oxford taking second place alongside Harvard in the US.
Cambridge University was seventh, and Imperial College London took tenth place.
Since the 2011/12 tables, Newcastle has fallen from 146th to 198th while Manchester has fallen from 48th to 58th.
A Newcastle University spokesman said: "Newcastle University ranks 18th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, is 5th in the UK for employability and 10th for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey."
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