Leeds Gets Top Ten Spot for First Time

The University of Leeds has secured a place in the top 10 universities in the UK, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

The overall 2018 rankings are based on a range of metrics and, after being named University of the Year by the guide last year, Leeds has risen to its highest-ever position at number 10 in the United Kingdom.

The ranking is the latest in a positive few years for Leeds, having been recognised for its student experience and its strong research base.

In 2017, Leeds was voted in the top five universities in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey and it also secured joint first for overall satisfaction and for teaching in the National Student Survey.

It has also achieved a Gold rating in the new Teaching Excellence Framework after an independent panel judged that Leeds consistently delivers “outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, of the highest quality found in the UK.”

Sir Alan Langlands, vice-chancellor, stated that moving into the top 10 signified further progress in delivering outstanding research-led education for students.

“Our success is a testament to the commitment and creativity of the diverse community of staff and students at Leeds,” said Langlands.

“These reflect our broad strengths and the range of opportunities we offer students. 

As a Russell Group university, we excel in research and innovation, but we have always put the needs and aspirations of students at the heart of everything we do,” he added.

Elsewhere in Yorkshire, Leeds Trinity was ranked as the sixth best university in the country for teaching quality and the Universities of York, Sheffield and Huddersfield all saw improved rankings in the national table.

Jonny Chard