Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. Since then they have become one of the world's leading universities, carving out a reputation as an academic powerhouse where a clear focus on excellence has secured national and international recognition alongside longer established institutions.
A member of the elite Russell Group of universities, we are a dynamic, research-intensive university committed to the development of life-saving discoveries and new technologies to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges.
There are now over 30 academic departments and research centres and the student body has expanded to nearly 16,000.
Awards and achievements
The University of York is one of the success stories in UK higher education. Since their 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.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
They hold a Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award, showing that they deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students.
Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
They 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
In recent years they have won five prestigious Times Higher Education Awards:
2015: Best Development and Alumni Relations team
2012: Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers
2011: Outstanding Engineering Research Team, member of the Widening Participation Initiative of the Year partnership
2010: University of the Year
2009: Outstanding Contribution to Leadership Development
Queen's Anniversary Prize
York is a five-times winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research in the following departments and centres:
QAA Institutional 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) they received an excellent outcome, and were commended on the enhancement of student learning opportunities
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
QS World University Rankings