Highest-ranked universities in Clearing 2019

University of Exeter

Need a uni place? Want a better one than your current offer? These top universities all have places in Clearing for 2019

More than 60,000 students found a university place through Clearing last year. Once again this year, there are scores of universities to choose from in Clearing, including some of the most prestigious. 

And it's easier than ever before to switch into one of these Clearing spaces. UCAS has introduced an option on Track that enables students to release themselves from unconditional firm offers.  

Here are the 15 highest-ranked universities offering undergraduate places in Clearing this year.

All university rankings on this page are sourced from Times Higher Education's 'Table of Tables' which is based on the combined results of the UK’s three main domestic university league tables – Good University Guide (published by The Times and The Sunday Times), The Guardian University Guide and The Complete University Guide.

We've also listed each university's rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – a system that rates the teaching quality of universities as either gold, silver or bronze.

Hot air balloon with Loughborough University logo

Loughborough University

Uni ranking | 5th
TEF rating | Gold

Based on the UK's largest campus, Loughborough University is known in particular for engineering and technology, as well as its sport-related courses and achievements. 

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Aeronautical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Sport Management

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Durham University

Durham University

Uni ranking | 6th
TEF rating | Gold

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, Durham is the third oldest university in the UK, after Oxford and Cambridge. 

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Psychology

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A Lancaster University building

Lancaster University

Uni ranking | 7th
TEF rating | Gold

A research-intensive institution established in 1964, Lancaster University is home to around 9,000 undergraduates. 

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Computer science
  • Economics
  • Philosophy 

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University of Warwick

University of Warwick

Uni ranking | 8th=
TEF rating | Silver

Warwick is as respected for boundary-breaking research as for teaching and business collaborations, and renowned for its entrepreneurialism and cosmopolitan outlook.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Physics
  • Sociology 

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University of Bath

University of Bath

Uni ranking | 11th
TEF rating | Gold

The University of Bath's countryside campus overlooks the city of Bath. The university is renowned for its research excellence and sporting achievements.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Sociology
  • Criminology
  • Physics 

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University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Uni ranking | 12th
TEF rating | Gold

A founding member of the Russell Group, the University of Leeds has more than 30,000 students. Former students include politician Jack Straw, astronaut Piers Sellers and triathletes the Brownlee brothers.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Biology
  • Electronic engineering
  • Neuroscience

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University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Uni ranking | 13th
TEF rating | Gold

Founded in 1955, the university also has a campus in Cornwall maintained in conjunction with Falmouth University.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Business with International Study
  • Engineering
  • History and politics 

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UEA

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Uni ranking | 14th
TEF rating | Gold

Highly esteemed for both creative and practical courses, UEA has produced three Booker Prize winners, an Emmy winner, plus a Nobel laureate. 

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Business economics
  • History of art
  • Social work

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University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Uni ranking | 15th
TEF rating | Gold

A large red brick university founded in 1900, that achieves consistently high student satisfaction ratings.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Social Work


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University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Uni ranking | 16th
TEF rating | Gold

A truly international university, Nottingham has campuses in both Malaysia and China. Closer to home, its leafy main campus is set around a lake, and often voted the greenest in the UK. 

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Food science
  • Law
  • Music

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University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Uni ranking | 17th
TEF rating | Silver

Bristol is at the cutting edge of global research; as a relatively small university, it has an impressive 40 Fellows of the Royal Society and 13 of the British Academy.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Classics
  • Marketing
  • Geology

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University of York

University of York

Uni ranking | 18th
TEF rating | Gold

York is one of the newest universities in the UK, but it is also part of the Russell Group. It has heavily invested into its facilities over recent years to ensure that it maintains its impressive reputation.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Ecology
  • English
  • Maths

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University of Southampton building

University of Southampton

Uni ranking | 19th
TEF rating | Silver

A research-intensive university and founding member of the Russell Group, Southampton's focus on excellence has seen it move up the league tables in recent years.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Ecology
  • English
  • Maths

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University of Surrey

Uni ranking | 20th
TEF rating | Gold

Based in Guildford, Surrey has a large number of departments recognised for research excellence.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Politics
  • Veterinary Biosciences
  • Civil Engineering 

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University of Glasgow building

University of Glasgow

Uni ranking | 21st
TEF rating | Did not participate in TEF

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is one of Scotland's four ancient universities. Its main campus is at Gilmorehill in the West End of the city.

Courses in Clearing include: 

  • Earth science
  • English literature
  • History 

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