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Facts and figures

Key statistics

  • 11,235 students in the 2016/17 academic year (includes undergraduate, postgraduate, research and distance learning students – UK and overseas)
  • 22% of our students are from outside the UK representing 131 countries
  • Over 130,000 alumni
  • Our alumni are in 200 countries and territories around the world
  • 1675 staff
  • 9.7% of staff are from overseas
  • 397 members of academic staff, from over 40 discipline areas, have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (the most prestigious individual award for excellence in teaching in higher education)

Key facts and accolades

  • 1st Peace Studies Department in the world
  • Hosted and initiated the first World Technology Universities Congress in 2016
  • Awarded the Athena SWAN bronze award for tackling women’s inequality in higher education in 2016
  • Awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for work in Dementia in 2016
  • Named Building Performance Champion, for the second time, at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Building Performance Awards 2017
  • The only university in the world to maintain three ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ rated buildings in its portfolio
  • Awarded Current Archaeology's Research Project of the Year in 2017


  • 92% of our 2015 graduates went onto further student or employment within six months (HESA)
  • £20,900 is the average salary for those entering full-time employment (2014/15 UK full-time and part-time undergraduates)


  • Up 20 places to 52 in the 2017 Guardian University rankings 
  • Number 53 in the Complete University Guide 2017 league table rankings
  • Number 76 in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017
  • The School of Management is ranked number 1 in Yorkshire and 14th in the UK (Financial Times 2016 European Business School rankings)
  • The School of Management is ranked 16th in Europe (Global DBA Rankings EURO 2016)
  • The School of Management is recognised as one of the world’s top business schools with the coveted Triple Crown of accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) – an accolade held by 1% of business schools in the world
  • The School of Management is ranked 5th in the world for international mobility (2017 Financial Times MBA Rankings)
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is ranked 1st in the world for career progress, 2nd in the world for value for money and 3rd in the world for salary increase (2017 Financial Times MBA Rankings)
  • Our Distance Learning MBA is ranked 8th in the world and 2nd in the UK (CEO Magazine 2017 MBA Rankings)
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked 1st in the world for work life balance (2017 Ivy Exec League Exec MBA Rankings)
  • Our Executive MBA is ranked 5th in the UK (CEO Magazine 2017 MBA Rankings)
  • Named as the UK’s top green university and 8th in the world (DesignCurial ranking 2015)
  • 6th in Yorkshire for Business, Management & Marketing (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • 3rd in Yorkshire for Accounting & Finance 2017 (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • 6th in the UK for Nursing and Midwifery (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • Number 1 in the UK for undergraduate nursing and midwifery placement satisfaction (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Chemical Engineering (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • Top 13 in the UK for Film & Media Studies (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • Top 10 in the UK for occupational therapy, physiotherapy, forensic science, ophthalmics and medical technology (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • Top 150 in the world for Pharmacy, Pharmacology, Archaeology and Medical Sciences (QS World University Rankings by subject 2017)
  • Archaeology was given 94% overall satisfaction by students (National Student Survey 2016)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Chemistry (Guardian University League Tables 2017)
  • 2nd in the UK for student satisfaction in Chemistry (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • 4th in the UK for Forensic Science (Complete University Guide 2017)
  • 8th in the UK for Optometry (Complete University Guide 2017)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

  • 96% of our research and innovation has been deemed world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised putting the University 49th in the UK