G5 (British Universities)

G5 (British Universities)

The G5 group of British universities refers to an unofficial group of five British universities that are known to generally dominate the top 5 positions in United Kingdom league tables, the most well-known of which are that of The Times, The Guardian and The Sunday Times.

The phrase, which was originally coined by The Times Higher Education Supplement, has come into popular use with particular regard to top-up fees, funding and university exclusivity. The five universities are:

Established c. 1209, this is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world with more Nobel Prize winning affiliates than any other institution in the world . Endowment: £4.1 billion

From 1907 to 2007, Imperial College was a constituent college of the University of London. It is now independent and teaches science, engineering and medicine. It has recently opened a business school and humanities department. Endowment: £57.6 million

London's oldest university institution and one of the founder members of the University of London, UCL was the first non-religious university in the United Kingdom. Endowment: £105.1 million

The LSE describes itself as “the world’s leading social science institution for teaching and research.” It is a single-faculty college of the University of London.

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. As well as being the ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ it is home to the Rhodes Scholarships which bring international post-graduate students to the UK. Endowment: £3.6 billion.

Both Oxford and Cambridge consist of around 30 colleges within which are accommodation and teaching facilities.


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