The UK is now home to fewer top-400, top-200, and top-100 universities than last year, according to the latest QS rankings. In the rankings’ uppermost echelon, the University of Cambridge drops to 5th position – its lowest rank since the inaugural QS World University Rankings of 2004.
The table is here: www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2018
The Guardian reports here: www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2017/jun/07/top-200-universities-in-the-world-2016-the-uks-rise-and-fall
The Guardian says that cuts are to blame: www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/07/uk-universities-fall-down-global-league-tables-after-budget-cuts
Meanwhile the Telegraph quotes "experts" blaming a push to admit more disadvantaged students for the decline: www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2017/06/07/british-universities-slip-world-rankings-experts-blame-pressure/