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Award-winning teaching


Educate North Awards 2022 - University of the Year Winner logoWe have been named University of the Year at the 2022 Educate North Awards, in recognition of the number of graduates going on to gain quality jobs, widening access to higher education, and the positive impact the University has on the region. 

UK Social Mobility Awards Logo We’re passionate about breaking down barriers for communities that have traditionally found higher education harder to access. In 2021 we were also named University of the Year at the UK Social Mobility Awards.

We’re ranked 25th out of 121 universities for ‘value added’ in the Guardian University Guide 2022. This means you’re likely to do better here than students elsewhere with the same A-level or BTEC results.

Quality Standard Stars rating system 2019 5 gold stars

We have been awarded a maximum five stars in the 2021 QS Stars excellence rating, achieving top marks in almost every category - including teaching, employability, academic development, facilities, and innovation and inclusivity.

The Sunday Times Good University Guide named us University of the Year for Teaching Quality in its 2020 edition, which recognised our consistently high student satisfaction scores as measured by the National Student Survey (NSS).

Times Outstanding Entrepreneurial University logo

We were named Outstanding Entrepreneurial University at the Times Higher Education Awards 2021. This award recognises our strategic programme which embeds entrepreneurial principles throughout the whole University, including curriculum, regional partnerships and research. 

We are also in the top 50 for graduate prospects in the 2022 Complete University Guide.

Knowledge Applied

Our approach gives students the power to understand ideas as well as the ability to put them into practice. 

All of our undergraduate courses have work experience opportunities embedded in each year, thanks to links with over 1,000 organisations – including the BBC, Sony, Adidas, Disney, the NHS, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Sheffield United FC.

We deliver over 20,000 placements and real-world projects every year, and 96% of our students are in work or further study 15 months after graduating (2019-20 HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey). 

Student stories

Students in the fashion design studio

See the real-world work our students have done, from fashion design to construction project management

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