There are still concerns for our world-leading 'brand name' institutions: Imperial College London, University College London plus the universities of Manchester and Bristol have all slipped to varying degrees.
Although other institutions have risen, and some significantly, such global brands act as flagships for the rest of the UK, so this is a worry.
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The British-Iranian mother held in Iran on spying charges has called for her ‘unconditional release’.
The comedian, 61, made the remarks on the BBC Radio 4 programme Heresy on Tuesday night.
Shahan Choudhury is currently held in what he describes as an "underground prison" with no hope of ever being released.