University of Worcester Sees Best Ever Performance in Student Choice Awards

A group of students smiling holding leaflets walking by the main reception of St John's campus

Worcester scored highly across the board in the awards with its best ever performance. The Awards polled over 41,000 students from 150 higher and further education institutions about how they had found their studying experience.

 Students placed Worcester in the top 25 in 7 categories, including:

  • University of the Year (23rd)
  • International Student Experience (5th)
  • Postgraduate Experience (8th)
  • Students’ Union (13th)
  • Student Support (19th)
  • University Facilities (20th)
  • Local Life (24th)

The University was also ranked 26th for Job Prospects and 32nd for Societies and Sports.

These stellar results across such a broad base delighted Professor David Green CBE, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive who said: “Thanks to excellent work by staff and students across the whole university, Worcester has earned a terrific reputation as one of the best universities for students in the UK. Our graduates are consistently ranked in the top 10 for sustained employment, while our student support wins accolade after accolade. Worcester has also been rated one of the top universities for social mobility as well as one of the very best to reflect society as a whole.”

Professor Green continued: “Our work to include students with an impairment has attracted national and international attention and it is very good to see our Students’ Union being so highly valued.”

Much of the award winning work at the University which has been recognised in these latest WhatUni awards is led by Pro Vice Chancellor Ross Renton who said: “This is a wonderful testament to the Worcester community which really comes together to help our international students to feel welcome right from the very moment they arrive.

“We strive to ensure we provide the best possible experience for our students, whether that is through our drive towards academic excellence, accessible facilities, greater provision to address mental health and wellbeing, or creating a community of tolerance and inclusion for all.”

The Awards were held virtually on Wednesday, July 8.

Meg Price, President of Worcester Students’ Union, said: “As a Students’ Union (SU), we work closely with the University to ensure that students are valued and supported throughout their time at Worcester, and that they have access to a range of opportunities that enrich their experience. It is great to see students giving the University such positive feedback again this year.  We are also really pleased to be ranked 13th in the country for SUs.  Our aim is to continuously develop what we do for every one of our members, and how we represent them as part of #TeamWorc.”

The University of Worcester is currently in the top three in the UK for Quality Education and is number one in the UK for Gender Equality in the latest Times Higher Education global University Impact Rankings. Worcester was also named the Country’s most sustainable in the Green Gown Award 2019 and was Highly Commended in the international awards.

In the 2019 National Student Survey, 88.2% of Worcester final year students said they were satisfied overall, placing the University at 16th out of 152 institutions and 8th out of all English non-specialist universities. Nine courses at Worcester received 100% satisfaction. In the most recent Times Good University Guide 2020, the University of Worcester is ranked 6th for teaching quality and 8th for student experience. The Longitudinal Education Outcomes analysis published, for the second time in January 2020, again placed Worcester in the top 10 of all English higher education institutions for sustained employment after one, three and five years.