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Awards and achievements

The University of York is one of the success stories in UK higher education.

Since our foundation in 1963, we have powered our way to a consistently high ranking in the UK and are one of just six post-war universities to have appeared in the world top 100.


University of the Year shortlisted

We were shortlisted for two prestigious University of the Year awards:

  • Times Higher Education Awards 2021
  • The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

National Student Survey

Eight of our subjects ranked first for 'overall satisfaction' out of the Russell Group universities included in the National Student Survey 2022.

In total, 39 of our subjects ranked within the top 10 in the Russell Group.

Research Excellence Framework

We were ranked joint 10th in the UK for the quality of our research in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

All of our subject areas ranked in the top 30 in the UK, with four of our Departments positioned in the top five: Language and Linguistics (1st), Philosophy (2nd), Sociology (4th), Education (5th).

Athena Swan

Our commitment to gender equality has been recognised with a bronze institutional award and 23 departmental awards from Athena Swan. Find out more about our awards and Athena Swan charter.

THE Impact Rankings

The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings is a global performance league table that assesses universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The University of York was ranked seventh globally (3rd in the UK) in 2022 against UN SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals, for its ability to collaborate with partners and influence government policy and strategy around sustainable development.

We also fell within the UK top 10 (top 100 globally) for:

  • SDG 5 Gender Equality (6th in the UK, =44th in the world)
  • SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities (10th UK, =60th world)
  • SDG 14 Life below water (8th UK, 51st world)

York ranked in the banding 101st - 200th out of 1406 institutions worldwide. This was the first time that the University entered the table.


Queen's Anniversary Prize

York is a six-times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research in the following departments and centres:

Quality Assurance Review

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) works to safeguard standards and improve the quality of UK higher education. In the most recent Institutional Review of the University of York (2012) we received an excellent outcome, and were commended on the enhancement of student learning opportunities.

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