The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.
The University has been ranked in the top 3 in the UK for Quality Education in all three years - 2019, 2020 and 2021 - of the Times Higher Education’s University Impact Rankings, which assess how universities globally are meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The University has also been the No.1 university in England for Gender Equality in all three years of the rankings.
Worcester has been shortlisted three times as the Times Higher Education’s University of the Year – in 2016, 2019 and 2020 - and twice for University of the Year in the UK Social Mobility Awards – in 2019 and 2020.
In the 2020 National Student Survey, 85% of Worcester final year students said they were satisfied overall, above the national average of 83.2% and putting the University as one of the top scoring universities in the Midlands. Fourteen courses at Worcester received 100% satisfaction.
- Top 3 in the UK for Quality Education - 2019, 2020 and 2021 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings
- Sustainability Institution of the Year - Winner- 2019 Green Gown Awards
- University of the Year - Finalist - 2020 Times Higher Education Awards and UK Social Mobility Awards
- Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community - Winner - 2019 Times Higher Education Awards
- Top 10 for Student Experience - Times Good University Guide 2021
- Top 10 for Sustained Employment - Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017 and 2020)
A place for everyone
The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual. From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.
In 2020 we were the winner of the Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion.
Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support in 2018 and 2019 in the Times Higher Education University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field.
We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.
Outstanding graduate employment
Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017 and 2020), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.
A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.
With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.
"We will support you whenever needed, with excellent counselling, guidance, welfare and support."
Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive
High quality teaching
In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.
We were placed 16th for teaching quality and 10th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2021.
The TEF panel noted that we excel at teaching which encourages high levels of student engagement and commitment to learning and study. Including “excellent levels” of contact time and schemes that involve students in the process of enhancing their own learning experience.
A community-engaged university
Worcester has been an exemplar in the contribution a university can make to society. We recognise that the health and wellbeing of the University is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic wellbeing of the region in which we live. Our ideas, skills and resources contribute a great deal to the communities of which we are a part and we are committed to helping businesses, public and voluntary organisations to succeed.
We have deliberately chosen to develop our facilities differently, creating places that are open to all and that are conducive to co-operation and success.
We are the UK's best performing university for fair gender pay, and have been since the statistics were first nationally published. A report from the Higher Education Policy Institute in 2018 placed us in the top 10 of universities which best reflect society.
Worcester is a leader in sustainability and climate change research, teaching and engagement. Our campus is a living laboratory for developing, testing and implementing solutions that enhance the health of people and planet.
The University was named Sustainability Institution of the Year in the 2019 Green Gown Awards, and highly commended at the UN.
In the 2019 People and Planet University League, the University was awarded ‘First Class Honours’ – an achievement it has now held for more than 10 years. The University remains in the top five most sustainable universities in the country, out of the 154 universities in the UK that were rated in the 2019 table.
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