A new official system that ranks United Kingdom universities according to their teaching quality has given the thumbs down to some of the most known centres of higher education - including those better known in India such as the London School of Economics (LSE).
"From high-quality careers advice and guidance to the consistently outstanding outcomes achieved by our students we have been recognised for the quality of support we provide".
The ratings will help students decide which university or college to apply to and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.
The college's principal and chief executive Bev Robinson said: "To receive the highest possible rating in the TEF in its first year is testament to the standards at Blackpool and The Fylde College". Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can take part in the TEF, but their results will not be tied to fees.
And an analysis shows that among the 21 Russell Group universities that took part, eight were given a gold rating, 10 were awarded silver and three got a bronze.
The University of Bedfordshire is leading in key aspects of the learning experience, with student satisfaction with assessment and feedback and with their personal development among the highest of all United Kingdom universities.
Wrexham Glyndwr University has received a Silver award for the quality of its teaching in a prominent new academic ranking.
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Coventry University vice chancellor professor John Latham said the rankings show that a "new order has been established".
She added: "To hold any TEF award universities and colleges must already have cleared a high bar".
Brunel runs a significant range of initiatives to support applicants, students, and graduates, during their entire lifecycle of study with the University. The TEF measures excellence above and beyond this.
He said: "The Gold rating is a fantastic achievement for RGU and I am thrilled that the university's approach to engaging students as partners in the development of the learning experience has been recognised".
But the rankings have been controversial among other university leaders, who have complained that they are not an accurate measure of teaching standards and place too much weight on student opinion, including the National Student Survey.
"They want to be taught by committed professionals who care about preparing them for the global workplace".
The ancient universities of Oxford and Cambridge were given the gold rating.
Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union, said there are concerns about how worldwide students will view the results.
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