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York once more recognised in prestigious guide and shortlisted for University of the Year

Posted on 15 September 2023

York has been shortlisted for University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

York's Interdisciplinary approach was highlighted

This is the second recent University of the Year nomination, following York being shortlisted for the top award by the Times Higher Education (THE), based on its approach to supporting others in the cost of living crisis.

The Times & The Sunday Times Guide, which includes a league table, also shows the University rising two places in the rankings to 15th in the UK.

Top 20

It also follows the news about York breaking into the top 20 in The Guardian’s University Guide 2024.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Charlie Jeffery said: “York is being recognised time and again for its strengths - in particular, its outstanding teaching, research and our mission to champion opportunity for all. 

“Our focus on tackling social injustice and inequality has never been stronger, and this has been reflected in this year’s nominations.

“The University of York is a truly special place, where a spirit of care and kindness motivates new ways to work with, and for, others. The challenge to be more inclusive and fight for social justice will always inspire us.

“I could not be more proud of our staff, students and partners, as we once again demonstrate our creativity, compassion, and unwavering determination to make a positive difference.”


Focusing on its approach to student education and experience, the judges from The Times & Sunday Times highlighted five key areas for the nomination for University of the Year:

  • Consistently ranked in the top 20 in the UK in The Times & Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • Interdisciplinary approach to teaching, learning and research, as evidenced by an impressive performance in the Research Excellence Framework
  • The new semester timetable was highlighted as “an interesting innovation” - providing more opportunities for interdisciplinary study and aligns the University’s academic year with other institutions to allow for more foreign exchange and placement opportunities 
  • Outstanding teaching, as evidenced by York’s ‘Gold’ rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results from 2018 - with the judging panel at the time noting that “students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes.”
  • York’s approach to work placements, to help boost graduate employability

Stand apart

Pierrick Roger, President of the University of York’s Students' Union, said: “As a young university, we consistently defy the odds and it is our emphasis on new ways of teaching that makes us stand apart.

“Our interdisciplinary approach trains our students for the realities of our world: our biggest challenges, including climate change and social justice, require solutions that extend beyond individual subjects. 

“We hope how we maximise teaching opportunities, which challenge and cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, can inspire others to do the same.”

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide promote all their University of the Year shortlisters in time for its Good University Guide, published in September each year.

The winner of the Times Higher Education Award for University of the Year will be announced in December 2023.

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