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Awards, achievements and rankings

The ˿Ƶ 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.


˿Ƶ of the Year shortlisted

We have been shortlisted for ˿Ƶ of the Year in the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2023. This nomination was based on our .

However, this isn't the first time our efforts have been recognised. We have previously been shortlisted for two prestigious ˿Ƶ of the Year awards:

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

Times Higher Education World ˿Ƶ Rankings

  • 147th in the world in the (2024)
    • 82nd in the world for 'international outlook'
    • 18th in the UK
  • Top 50 in the world for arts and humanities (2023)
  • Top 200 in the world for life sciences (2023)
  • Top 150 in the world for social sciences (2023)

National Student Survey

The ˿Ƶ has performed strongly in this year’s National Student Survey - featuring in the top 10 across multiple categories among Russell Group universities.

QS World ˿Ƶ Rankings

  • 184th in the
  • =79th in the world for Arts and Humanities (QS World ˿Ƶ Rankings by subject, 2024)
  • Seven subjects in the world top 100 (QS World ˿Ƶ Rankings by subject, 2024)

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).

Teaching Excellence Framework

In 2023, we achieved our second consecutive Gold Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) award. 

The award is decided by an independent panel of experts, focusing on areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

Athena Swan

Our commitment to gender equality has been recognised with a bronze institutional award and 22 departmental awards from Athena Swan. Find out more about our awards and the Athena Swan charter.

THE Impact Rankings 2024

 is a global performance league table that assesses universities against the .

The ˿Ƶ was ranked =4th in the UK (=65th globally) for our performance against SDG 5 Gender equality; a mark of our pivotal role in empowering women and advancing gender equality across global communities.

We ranked highly for SDG 13 Climate action, placing 10th in the UK and 40th in the world. This recognises our efforts in addressing climate-related hazards, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing adaptive capacity through robust research and effective campus policies.

York also fell within the top 100 globally for SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities, ranking 80th in the world and 15th in the UK. 

The ˿Ƶ ranked in the banding 101st - 200th out of 1963 institutions worldwide.

QS Sustainability Rankings

The ˿Ƶ is ranked 29th globally in the . We've climbed seven places since last year and retained our UK top-10 status.

#1 Friendliest place to live

The city of York is ranked #1 in the (2024) from digital community Rest Less. York's fascinating history, winding medieval streets and excellent arts scene are just some of the reasons for its top spot.


Queen's Anniversary Prize

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

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