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University of Hull Ranked Fourth in Yorkshire and Humber: 2023 Times Good University Guide

The University of Hull is one of the top universities in Yorkshire and the Humber according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Once again named in the top 5 universities in the Yorkshire and Humber ranking*, the University is ranked fourth for the second year, while the universities of York, Sheffield and Leeds take the top three spots, respectively.

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 provides students and their parents with a first reference point on the path to finding a university place. It contains full profiles of all universities.

The academic league table is made up of eight indicators including student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider student experience, research quality, graduate prospects, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, and degree completion rates.

Professor David Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “Taking our place in the top 4 in the guide’s ranking for Yorkshire and the Humber for the second year is a positive result. The University has demonstrated a strong performance in a series of rankings during the past year that are a testament to the dedication and hard work of our staff and students here at Hull.

“This week, we are delighted to welcome new and returning students to campus for the start of the new term. I wish them all the best for their time with us – and hope that they will join our staff in celebrating all the University has achieved over the past year. Not least the graduation of more than 5000 students this Summer, including more than 1800 nurses and other allied health students who are already providing an invaluable boost to the NHS.

“Although I have only been at the University of Hull as Vice-Chancellor for just a few weeks, I already have a strong sense of our community here on campus that I feel is really special and sets us apart. Every day, I see first-hand the commitment and supportive attitude of staff and existing students – as they prepare to welcome our new students as they embark on their journey with us.

“We are building real momentum in the University and with huge investment this year, strong research results, and a positive and ambitious strategy for the coming years, focusing on social justice and sustainability, we look towards a fairer, brighter, carbon neutral future for all.”

Professor David Petley, University of Hull Vice-Chancellor
Professor David Petley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull

The University has five subjects in the top 20 in this year’s rankings (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023): American Studies (3rd), Creative Writing (9th), Social Work (19th), Sociology (20th) and English (20th).

Although the University has not sustained last year’s ranking (52 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022), the results follow a strong year for the University of Hull:

This summer, the Complete University Guide announced that the University of Hull had risen 12 places in their rankings, including ranking first in the country for Paramedic Science. The University was also the greatest riser in the Yorkshire and Humber region, ranking fifth.

Earlier in the year, the University’s world-leading research was recognised in the results of the 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 the REF 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 performance over the last three years saw the University rise by 53 places in the Guardian University Guide (2019-2022).
  • The rise of 53 places in the Guardian University Guide was 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 The Times and 5th by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian.
  • The University has 17 subjects in the top 20 in this year’s Guardian University Guide (2023). These are Animation and Game Design, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Children’s Nursing, Economics, English, History, Mental Health Nursing and Philosophy. Three subjects are in the top 10: American Studies, Physics and Education.

The new edition of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, a free 96-page supplement, will be published this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 18). It provides the rankings for UK universities and a comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain. It includes profiles on 135 universities, making use of the latest data published in the past two months.

* The other universities ranked in Yorkshire and the Humber in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 include: the University of Huddersfield, York St John University, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Bradford, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University.

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