Rankings

Our standing

International Rankings

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Leicester is ranked 166th in the world and 24th in the UK. 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.

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 239th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. 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.

Sustainability

The University is ranked 21st out of 766 universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking, placing it in the top 3%.

And it is first in the world for goal 15, life on land, due to its academic excellence and commitment to conserving the biodiversity of the local land and buildings as part of its Biodiversity Action Plan.