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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 were named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018

We’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked in the top 30 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. We're also in the top 25 for research quality in the Good University Guide and top 15 for the sixth year running in The National Student Survey for overall student satisfaction (2018, overall student satisfaction, English 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.

* Non-specialist higher education institutions with a survey population of at least 500.

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University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Gold for teaching excellence (TEF 2017)
25th in the UK for research quality (Times Good University Guide 2019)
Top 20 for the most international student community in the THE World University Rankings 2018
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