Our university rises in global rankings 

In the face of intense global competition, we've risen in the latest QS World University Rankings as a top 100 university for excellent teaching, research and international reputation.

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Today (Thursday 8 June 2017) we have been named one of the best universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings, reaffirming our position as a leading global university for teaching and research.

  • The rankings recognise our university as the 13th best institution in the UK and 82nd in the world.
  • Of the 16 Russell Group institutions that are ranked in the QS top 100, we are one of only five to improve our position from last year.
  • We have performed among the top nine per cent in the QS World University Rankings. 

It is encouraging to see that our University is again rated so highly in this global ranking of universities.

President and vice-chancellor

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, said: “It is encouraging to see that our University is again rated so highly in this global ranking of universities.

"Despite the outstanding development of universities in Asia and other parts of the world, our University is rightly known internationally for the standard of our scholarship and teaching, but also for the pioneering ways we work with industry and other partners to improve the economy and people’s lives.

“Education is a crucial long-term investment for the public good. This was something which was understood by the industrialists and working people who raised the funds to found this university over a hundred years ago and who were determined to create ‘a University for the people’ which would improve the economy, health and put the highest quality education within the reach of ‘the child of the working man’.

"Today we continue to fulfil that promise, making a difference in our city and region but to people around the world.”

Our strongest indicator is for international students

We rank highly for academic reputation, based on the perceptions of academics from around the world regarding the best institutions in terms of research.

We also rank highly for employer reputation, taking account of the views of employers around the world on the institutions providing the best professionals. 

Our strongest indicator is for international students for which we rank 64th in the world. This is based on the proportion of students that are international. We have previously been recognised for providing outstanding support for international students and continue to show our longstanding commitment through the global #WeAreInternational campaign, which highlights the crucial value of international students to the UK.

About the QS World University Rankings

The QS World University Rankings are designed to help prospective students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world. Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

The QS ranking provides a definitive guide to the world’s 959 top universities. The expert opinion of 75,015 academics and 40,455 employers contributed to the 2018 edition of the rankings. 12.3m papers and 75.1m citations were analysed to measure the impact of the research produced by the universities ranked.