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World university ranking success for Bradford


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The University of Bradford has been placed among the top 550 universities in the world, according to a new ranking.

Bradford is =531th in the QS World University Rankings 2025, the university’s highest placing since 2014. It shows a climb up the rankings from last year’s classification for Bradford, which was in the 641-650 band. 

The QS World University Rankings have been published since 2004 and this year’s list reveals the top 1,503 global institutions, including 91 from the UK, across 106 different nations. 

Nine indicators are used to compile the overall rankings, with each university scored on: Academic Reputation, Citations Per Faculty, Employer Reputation, Employment Outcomes, Faculty Student Ratio, International Faculty, International Research Network, International Students and Sustainability. The University of Bradford’s overall score has improved by 4.6 points this year.  

Bradford received its highest ranking in the International Students category, where it finished 75th place globally, a rise of 24 places on the previous year, with a score of 97.6 points, and sustainability where the university rose 487 places with a score of 40.7 compared to 3.4 the previous year. These results showcase the international credentials and the diversity of the university and the associated benefits it offers to our students and their employment outcomes.  

Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bradford, said: “I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of our staff – as well as the achievements of our students and graduates - have been recognised by this ranking.

“This success clearly shows we are moving in the right direction among the world’s universities and that we are making a difference both locally and globally.”

This year’s QS World University Rankings were revealed on on Tuesday 4 June.