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A world-class university

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)

We were ranked 14th overall and 10th for the impact of our research in the Times Higher Education's ranking of the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Times Higher Education Awards

Times Higher Award Winner 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

In recent years we have won, or been shortlisted for, a number of prestigious Times Higher Education Awards:

Queen's Anniversary Prize

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

Athena SWAN

We hold fifteen awards from Athena SWAN for our commitment to gender equality.


Gold awards

Silver awards

Bronze awards

National Student Survey

Seven of our subjects ranked first for 'overall satisfaction' out of the Russell Group universities included in the National Student Survey 2021.

In total, 33 of our subjects ranked within the top 10 in the Russell Group.


Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education Golden Age Rankings

The Guardian

Complete University Guide

The Times Good University Guide 

QS World University Rankings

QAA Institutional Review

QAA UK Quality Assured - Reviewed 2012

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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