Latest rankings place University of Aberdeen at 20-year high

The University has retained its ranking in the top 20 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, published today, moving up one place to 19th in the UK. This is the first time that the University has been ranked this highly for more than 20 years.

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.     

Based on eight key measures relevant to education and research, this is often considered the definitive ranking for British universities.  

This year’s results show the University has improved its rank on five of the eight measures. Teaching quality is ranked 14th in the UK and student experience is 9th reflecting the positive results from the National Student Survey earlier this year. In addition, following a successful campaign to recruit more staff, rank for student to staff ratio has risen to 39th place, which follows a climb of 11 places last year. 

Nine subject areas have been ranked in the UK top 10 with Anatomy & Physiology placing 1st, Medicine, Anthropology and Geology all holding 6th place, Chemical Engineering and English in 8th place, Chemistry at 9th and Law and Sociology both ranking 10th in the UK.  

Senior Vice-Principal Professor Karl Leydecker said: “We are delighted to see the community’s efforts reflected in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Our continued ranking within the top 20 demonstrates our strong emphasis on providing our students with the best possible educational experience.  

“The University has performed outstandingly well in the National Student Survey in the past two years including being ranked in the top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction, and these latest rankings build on our successes.   

Our consistent good performance is testimony to the outstanding effort of the whole University to ensure that our students have an excellent student experience despite the challenges of the pandemic.”