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The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50

The University of York is the only UK university to rank in the top 10 in the Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings of universities less than 50 years old.

Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2013‌Eight nations are represented in the top 10 of THE 100 under 50 rankings for 2013, with York rising one place to seventh, reaffirming its international reputation for excellence in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and global outlook.

The University of York, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has managed to forge a powerful global reputation as a strong research-led university, performing well against the world’s elite heritage institutions. It also recently joined the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities.

THE 100 under 50 rankings, which were introduced last year, rely on the world’s largest academic reputation survey – involving 17,500 academics – and an analysis of 50 million citations. They use 13 separate performance indicators, covering all core missions of a modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

50th Anniversary

This year we are celebrating 50 years since our foundation in 1963.

Throughout the year we're reflecting on our history, the benefits we have brought to society and how we have changed our understanding of the world we live in.



Professor Norman Maitland of the YCR Cancer Research Unit

Our research focuses increasingly on the challenges of the modern world and on a commitment to benefit society. The lives of many thousands of people are improved as a result of work done at York.

Recent highlights include:

Find out more on our research pages.


The 3Sixty exhibition space

We are proud of our role in educating students, transforming their lives and inspiring them to make a difference in the world. From the University’s inception, teaching has been seen as equally important as research, and many of our world‑class research staff are involved in our degree programmes.

Our 30 academic departments and centres are spread evenly between the arts, social sciences, and science and technology, and score highly in surveys measuring student satisfaction.

Networking events, internships, volunteering and transferable skills programmes help our students to stand out from the crowd in today’s competitive job market.

The University is committed to investing in teaching and learning facilities such as the 3Sixty exhibition space, a unique environment in the Creative Technologies Centre to showcase innovative exhibitions and technology.

Find out more about undergraduate study and postgraduate study opportunities at York.

International outlook

Students from the Centre for Applied Human Rights.

Staff and students of the highest calibre come to York from all corners of the world, building a global community on campus. York’s academic faculty is 40 per cent international, and 20 per cent of our student body comes from outside the UK.

  • York is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and of the Santander Universities Network.
  • Global partners include IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, and world-leading researchers from universities such as Peking, Cornell, São Paulo, Sydney and Hong Kong.
  • Every student has opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad through our Global York programme.
  • All first-year students are entitled to take a foreign language course free of charge.

Find out more on our International Relations pages.

Knowledge transfer

Researchers in Computer Science work leading aerospace companies

Working with leading aerospace companies including Rolls-Royce, researchers in Computer Science have developed Signal Data Explorer, a 'search engine for signals', that enables data to be translated into useful intelligence. "In an aircraft engine, a signal you're interested in might be a bird strike or just a squeaky bearing," explains Professor Jim Austin. "You can search a database to find a similar event and see how someone else has fixed it."

Other major collaborators include Al Jazeera, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Microsoft, Nestlé, Unilever and the United Nations. Our specialist Research and Enterprise Office helps to find new opportunities for partnerships, encouraging close collaborations with commerce and industry regionally, nationally and around the world.

Find out more about working with the University.


Further information

For more on the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 rankings and the performance indicators used, see the Times Higher Education website and the University of York press release.