Latest league table confirms University of Aberdeen's position as a top 20 UK University

The University of Aberdeen has climbed seven places to 20th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 published today. Following less than a week after the University was ranked 20th in the Guardian University Guide for the second year in a row, this confirms the University's position in the top 20 in the UK.

The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide ranks UK universities on a range of measures, including teaching and research quality, student experience, entry standards, quality of degrees, completion rates and graduate prospects.  

The University’s strong showing in the 2021 National Student Survey, where it is ranked 5th in the UK for overall satisfaction, has propelled the University into the top 20. The University’s rankings for entry standards, student staff ratios, and graduate prospects, which are all important to students, have also all risen.  

At the subject level, the University of Aberdeen is also now ranked first in the UK for Linguistics, and in the top 10 in the UK in a further 12 subject areas, and in the top 20 in a further 15 subjects. Anatomy & Physiology and General Engineering are ranked top in Scotland.   

This strong showing in UK rankings closely follows the news that the University has risen 20 places in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 to 158th in the world.   

University of Aberdeen Senior Vice-Principal, Karl Leydecker, said: “This is the first time that the University has been ranked in the top 20 in the UK in both the Times and Sunday Times and the Guardian at the same time, cementing our position as a top 20 UK university. 

“Such consistent success in these competitive rankings is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the hard work of colleagues and students right across the University during what has been a challenging year. Our staff and student community should be proud of what we have achieved in very trying circumstances. I am particularly pleased that as well as improving in the overall rankings, our performance in the subject rankings is improving every year, with more subjects ranked in the top 10 than ever.   

“We aim to continue this progress through delivery of our commitments set out in our Aberdeen 2040 Strategy.”