Our standing

  • 34th in the Complete University Guide 2019
  • 34th in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
  • 63rd in the Guardian University Guide 2019
  • Leicester was named runner-up University of the Year in the Times/Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

International Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Leicester has achieved its highest ever global ranking. Ranked 159th in the world (up from 172nd in 2017). The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings lists the best global universities based on core missions including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. In the first THE European Teaching Ranking, piloted this year, Leicester ranked in the 51-75 band. This puts Leicester in the 33-43 band for UK universities on teaching related metrics.

Shanghai Ranking

Leicester has made a significant rise in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league table, also known as the Shanghai Ranking. The University has been placed 201-300 in the world compared to 301-400 in 2017, and putting the University at 22-28 in the UK.

QS World University Rankings

First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently ranks 1,000 of the world's finest universities. Leicester is placed 223rd in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, up an impressive 15 places from the previous year. This places us 31st in the list of UK universities included in the ranking.

Our research

Leicester is ranked in the top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education REF Research Power rankings. The Power ranking takes into account both the quality of research and the number of research-active staff who made REF returns. Research power is important because it gives a strong indication of a combination of world-class research, international impact, critical mass and sustainability.

75% of our research was judged to be internationally excellent with wide-ranging impacts on society, health culture,and the environment. That Leicester also entered a substantial proportion of academics (84%) to the REF demonstrates that our academics are continuing to develop and build upon our world-leading research.

Our teaching

At the University of Leicester, we are proud to be renowned for our teaching, research and broadening access to higher education. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been introduced by the government to recognise and reward high quality teaching in higher education. The purpose of this new framework is to provide students with clear information about which of England’s universities are providing good quality teaching.

"We are committed to giving our graduates that extra dimension – a degree from a leading institution coupled with an inquisitiveness and sharpness of mind to ensure they continue to excel." 
- President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle CBE.