Academic Excellence

  • The University continues to appear in the top 100 of the QS world rankings in 2014 – one of only 19 UK universities;
  • We are in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World Reputation Rankings for 2014;
  • We are a top 10 university for research power in the UK according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework 2014;
  • We are a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities;
  • We are part of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), which comprises 18 research intensive institutions spanning six continents;
  • We collaborate with the UK’s leading research universities, Sheffield and York, as part of the White Rose University Consortium;
  • 20 of our academics have been awarded National Teaching Fellowships – more than any other institution in England, Northern Ireland and Wales – reflecting the excellence of our teaching;
  • The University has been ranked 1st out of 14 participating Russell Group universities for international student satisfaction with learning environment in the latest 2014 International Student Barometer survey;
  • In the 2014 National Student Survey (NSS) 90% of our final year students rated their course as intellectually stimulating;
  • We were awarded the Queen’s Anniversary prize, the country’s highest accolade for an academic institution, in 2009 and 2011;
  • In our latest audit by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) the University received a commendation, the highest category of praise available, for our enhancement of student learning opportunities.