York University is named top in the North – but Leeds closes the gap

19 Sep 2014 @ 12.00 pm
| Education
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Cock of the North: York University. Photograph: Bing maps

York has been named the top university in the North.

In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015, the University of York pipped Leeds to first place.

York was 16th in the national rankings, dropping from 11th last year. That means Leeds University, which jumped 12 places, is now only ranked one below it.

Meanwhile York St John University was number eight in the North, but ranked 87 nationally – down from 64th the year before.

Top of the North

RankNameRanking 2015Ranking 2014Student satisfaction (%)Graduate prospects

(% in prof jobs or grad-level study)

Facilities spend per student
1University of York161182.673.8£1,995
2University of Leeds1729=84.374.8£2,068
3University of Sheffield2118=83.076.9£1,801
4University of Hull586383.063.5£1,472
5Sheffield Hallam University6277=83.059.7£1,705
6University of Bradford7684=79.372.4£1,426
7University of Huddersfield77=6682.369.5£1,288
8York St John University8764+80.264.5£1,207
9Leeds Trinity University91=10483.465.8£1,236
10Leeds Metropolitan University11110378.955.6£1,188


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Applications and enrolments both rose significantly in 2013 at York, the guide reports.

But its scores in the National Student Survey — a traditional strength — slipped in 2014, placing it outside of the top 50 for this measure under the guide’s analysis.

Leeds scored highest for student satisfaction, with a score “that would not look out of place in a small, campus-based university”, the guide authors say.

York is among the top ten institutions for research: more than 60% of the work in a national assessment was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

The guide reports that York University has launched a series of initiatives to boost its students’ transferable skills and networking opportunities to enhance employment prospects.

Every student has an online tutorial to identify key strengths and career development needs.

While the new Heslington East campus has allowed York to expand significantly with new departments, facilities and student accommodation, “securing a place here remains highly competitive”.

  More details will be printed in The Sunday Times and The Times

  The 2015 guide will be published here

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