Top UK University Websites 2020

Monsido analysed the websites of the Top 50 UK Universities.

See who ranked the highest for Web Accessibility, Content Quality Assurance, Response Time, and SEO.

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Top 5 Websites Overall

The Overall category highlights the best performing Universities for Web Accessibility, Content Quality Assurance, Response Time, and SEO. Congratulations to the following universities for their high rankings overall.

*Overall Ranking is based on the average (weighted) ranking across all categories.
Overall Ranking* University Name
1st City, University of London
2nd University of Bath
3rd Birkbeck, University of London
4th University of Stirling
5th Lancaster University

Top 3 Websites for Web Accessibility

An accessible website ensures all visitors are able to use your website and consume its content regardless of age, digital skills, or disabilities. Monsido scans your site to find any possible issues that may hinder web accessibility, giving you an overview of how your website is doing, as well as recommendations on how to address these issues. With the Monsido platform, we recommend organisations get an Accessibility Compliance score over 70% to prove a path to compliance.

These Top 3 universities are well on their way.

*Based on the number of WCAG 2.1 A & AA checks passed on the Monsido platform in a 500-page scan.
Ranking University Name Accessibility Compliance*
1st University of Bath 74.41%
2nd City, University of London 73.59%
3rd Birkbeck, University of London 73.02%

Top 3 Websites for Content Quality Assurance

Content Quality Assurance looks at misspellings, broken links, broken images, and readability issues. By taking on Quality Assurance, you can decrease bounce rates, increase conversions, and improve your SEO, helping you to better reach your business goals. We congratulate the following universities in leading the way in the Content Quality Assurance category.

*Based on the number of pages without broken links, broken images, and misspellings.
Ranking University Name Quality Assurance Compliance*
1st Oxford Brookes University 98.60%
2nd The University of Edinburgh 94.80%
3rd The University of Sheffield 94.00%

Top 3 Websites for SEO

On-page SEO is still a major factor in search engine ranking. Having common errors like missing H1 tags, broken links, and too many internal links on a page can harm your rankings and visitor experience. We applaud the following universities in leading the pack in the SEO category.

*Based on the number of pages that are compliant with all Monsido SEO checks.
Ranking University Name SEO Compliance*
1st The University of Edinburgh 95.21%
2nd Goldsmiths, University of London 92.07%
3rd Birkbeck, University of London 90.46%

Top 3 Websites for Response Time

Good site performance is critical not only for user experience but also for SEO as it is a Google ranking metric. Monsido’s Heartbeat module allows you to monitor your site’s performance to ensure a smooth user experience for your visitors and avoid any potential loss in business. These Top 3 universities should be proud of their impressive response time results.

*Average response time is based on average response time (ms) over a one week period in Monsido’s Heartbeat module.
Ranking University Name Average response time (ms)*
1st The University of Exeter 176ms
2nd University of Oxford 224ms
3rd City, University of London 241ms

All 50 UK Universities We Tested

We tested the Top 50 UK Universities. See your name in the list below but not as a winner above?

Let us discuss your results!

  • Aberystwyth University
  • Aston University
  • Birkbeck, University of London
  • Brunel University London
  • Cardiff University
  • City, University of London
  • Durham University
  • Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Imperial College London
  • King's College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Loughborough University
  • Newcastle University
  • Oxford Brookes University
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Queen's University Belfast
  • Royal Holloway University of London
  • SOAS University of London
  • Swansea University
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • The University of Exeter
  • The University of Manchester
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of Warwick
  • UCL
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Bath
  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Dundee
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of Kent
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Liverpool
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Stirling
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Surrey
  • University of Sussex
  • University of York

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See How Your University Scored

See your website's scan results and how your university performed in this report.

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How the rankings work


  • Scanned a sample of 500 pages from the main publicly facing websites of the Top 50 UK Universities using Monsido’s Web Governance software during a one week period in September 2020.
  • Ranked the Top 50 Universities based on their scores in Web Accessibility, Content Quality Assurance, SEO, and Response Time.
  • Calculated the Overall champions based on the average (weighted) ranking in all categories, prioritising Web Accessibility, then Content Quality Assurance, Response Time, and SEO.

Improve Your Accessibility Rankings

Benefits of improving accessibility:

Increased Audience

By building an accessible website, you open yourself up to a much larger audience as 1/5 of the world’s population is living with a disability that could prevent them from using your site.

Improved SEO

Many web accessibility standards overlap with good SEO practices like ensuring descriptive alt and title attributes, checking for correct HTML, and offering a site map to users.

Enhanced User Experience and Quality Assurance

Accessibility means creating a website which provides a good experience for everyone, so when you ensure a good experience for users with disabilities, you can rest assured that your overall website experience and quality will improve.

Strengthen Brand Image and Reputation

Committing to accessibility is not just good for your users, but shows you take your social responsibility seriously and can benefit your brand. So make sure to promote your accessibility efforts.

Monsido Accessibility Handbook