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Home to the curious, brave and bold

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected. 

We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked 22nd in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide - our highest ever ranking. We're also in the top 25 for research quality in the Good University Guide and top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities).

We're committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. Our students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning community which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.

We are...

Gold for teaching excellence (TEF 2017)
Top 20 for research excellence (REF 2014)
15th most international university (THE, April 2017)
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