Top 5 for what?
Research? (and in what subject?)
Teaching? (and in what subject?)
It's all subjective.
Alround! Judging by the criteria used in most university guides.
Well I would go as far as to say there is not one uni that is excellent in every area. For instance, Cambridge might be great academically, but it has no nightlife (I should know, I live 10 miles away!)... Also, Cambridge et al aren't necessarily "the best" in each and every subject. In maths for example, Bath is supposedly the best in the country...
depends which subject though eg natural sciences at durham is a very good degree
IMHO the "big ones" are Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LSE and Edinburgh!!! Of course this is entirely dependent on which course you look at but in my own opinion they are the best!!!
Manchester had the Chemical Brothers and AJP Taylor a Historian with balls.
Manchester Univeristy; this world isn't good enough for you.
c) London School Of Economics - Imperial College
d) UCL - Warwick - Nottingham - Bristol
e) York - Bath - St Andrews