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.


In December 2018, the University of Leicester was ranked 35th out of 710 universities in the UI GreenMetric global ranking of sustainable universities.

In April 2019 we were ranked 37th in the inaugural international Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings out of well over 500 institutions from 75 countries worldwide. This ranking places us 8th amongst universities in the UK.