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University climbs 12 places in Complete University Guide tables

The University of Hull has risen 12 places in the Complete University Guide rankings, including ranking first in the country for Paramedic Science.

This year, 130 institutions were ranked in the overall table with the University now ranking 58th (from 70th last year) meaning the University has returned to the top half.

The University is also the greatest riser in the Yorkshire and Humber region, now ranking fifth, leapfrogging Huddersfield.

Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “This is yet another significant success for the University and reflects the incredible hard work and dedication of our wonderful staff and students.

“These rankings continue the upward trajectory of the University and come off the back of a strong performance in last month’s Research Excellence Framework, which saw the university rise 17 places.

“I am tremendously proud of everything that has been achieved over the past three years, which includes a rise of 53 places in the Guardian University Guide and 51 places in the Times Good University Guide. These latest rankings really cement what has been a step change in progress here at Hull and we look forward to continuing on this pathway.”

Every year the Complete University Guide releases UK university and subject league tables to support prospective students in making informed decisions about their future.

The University had four subjects in the top ten in this year’s rankings:

  • In Paramedic Science, the University tops the tables, ranking first in the country – an increase of eight places from last year, out of 35 institutions.
  • Forensic Science ranks 7th out of 36 institutions, up by 2 places, from ninth last year.
  • American Studies has risen by 9 places this year to 5th out of 15 institutions.
  • In Childhood & Youth Studies the University ranks 9th out of 49 institutions.


A further three subjects were in the top 20. Social Work is the greatest riser in this year’s ranking, having gained 32 places. It rose to 11th out of 77 universities. In Creative Writing the University ranks 13th out of 55 institutions and Nursing is placed 16th.

Other Significant Improvements include Marketing, which experienced a 27-place increase, rising to 21st, out of 95 institutions and Business & Management Studies, which rose by 26 places, to 38th out of 124 universities.

There was an improvement of 22 places in Academic Services Spend, with Research Quality improving by 15 places and both Student Satisfaction and Facilities Spend increasing by 13 places.

And the University’s Graduate Prospects -On Track indicator, increased by 29 places (from 87th to 58th).

The top seven universities remain the same this year with Oxford taking top spot ahead of Cambridge.

Nine Universities gained more places than the University of Hull in this year’s ranking.

These results come off the back of a strong year for the University of Hull.

Last month, the University’s world-leading research was recognised in the results of the long-awaited Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021) – the UK’s system for assessing the excellence of research in Higher Education.

The University was named one of the highest risers in the UK and the highest riser in Yorkshire for research excellence – according to rankings from Times Higher Education (THE).

The results ranked the University of Hull as 55 (joint) out 157 institutions increasing its overall ranking by 17 places. For research impact, the University climbed 23 places to 42 (from joint 65th in 2014).

Eighty-two per cent of research at the University was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Highlights of other rankings success for the University of Hull

* Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings named the University of Hull in the top global 100 for impact. These global rankings are based on the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With remarkable successes in a number of impact categories including peace and justice, inequalities, partnerships, life below water, the 2022 ranking shows the University of Hull is taking action towards the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. These goals are an urgent call for action for countries to work in partnership, to address global challenges, to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

* The University’s improved performance over the last three years saw the University rise by 53 places in the Guardian University Guide and by 51 places in the Times Good University Guide since 2019.

* The rise of 53 places in the Guardian University Guide is the greatest increase experienced by any university in its rankings during this period.

* Among the universities in the Yorkshire and Humber region, the University of Hull is ranked 4th by both the Times and The Guardian.

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