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Northumbria University rises in the rankings again

13th September 2023

Northumbria University is continuing to climb the national league tables, with an eight-place rise in the latest Guardian University Guide to rank 38th* in the UK.

Six subject areas offered by Northumbria have also been rated among the very best in the country, with Film Production & Photography and Interior Design ranking in second place; Children’s Nursing ranked third; Animation & Games Design ranked fifth; and Product Design and Civil Engineering both ranking within the top ten.

A further six subject areas are ranked in the top 20, namely Construction, Surveying and Planning; Earth and Marine Sciences; Fashion and Textiles; Marketing and Public Relations; Forensic Science and Physiotherapy.

Caption: Northumbria University’s success in The Guardian University Guide 2024 follows its achievements in the inaugural Daily Mail University Guide where Northumbria was named both Research University of the Year and Modern University of the Year.Northumbria improved its score in almost every measure used to compile The Guardian University Guide, with notable improvements in scores relating to graduate career prospects, the percentage of students who are satisfied with their assessment and the average entry tariff which shows the University is attracting students with high grades.

Northumbria now ranks 26th in England for the average entry points of its students and is ranked 14th in England in the ‘Value Added’ metric, which looks at the degree classification students achieve based on their entry qualifications, meaning students are achieving strong degree outcomes.

The University’s success in The Guardian University Guide 2024 follows its achievements in the inaugural Daily Mail University Guide where Northumbria was named both Research University of the Year and Modern University of the Year.

Professor Tom Lawson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Northumbria University, said: “Northumbria’s performance in The Guardian University Guide is yet another example to add to the University’s ever-growing list of achievements, of which all our staff and students can be proud.  

“To have six of our subject areas ranking within the UK top ten, and a further six in the top 20 is a clear sign of the high-quality educational experience we provide to our students.

“Our ambition is to give all students with potential and ability the opportunity to benefit from a Northumbria education. As such, it is particularly pleasing to see how well we have performed in the Value Added metric, which looks at the qualification students have achieved when they graduate compared to those they had on enrolment. Our ranking of 14th in England for this measure shows the extent to which Northumbria students are supported by our fantastic staff to truly fulfil their potential.”

Anyone wanting to find out more about studying at Northumbria can register to attend one of the University’s upcoming Open Days which are being held on Saturday 30 September and Saturday 21 October.

Visit for more information or to register for a place.


*Northumbria ranks joint 38th alongside Chichester in The Guardian University Guide 2024.

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