Awards and Rankings

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At Aberystwyth, we continue to receive recognition for our excellence in teaching and student experience.

From academic excellence and student satisfaction, we pride ourselves on our welcome and our inclusivity located in one of the most breath taking Mid Wales. 

We are proud to be consistently recognised as leading UK University. 

Awards

    • Gold Award for Halls and Student Accommodation
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2022)
    • Top 10 University for Student Life 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2022) 
    • Top 10 University for Lectures and Teaching Quality
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2022) 
    • Welsh University of the Year
      (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2020) 
    • University of the Year for Teaching Quality
      (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2018 and 2019) 
    • Awarded Gold for Teaching Quality in the Teaching Excellence Framework
      (Teaching, Excellence Framework [TEF] 2018)
    • Gold Award for Postgraduate 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020)
    • Gold Award for International 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020)
    • Second place University of the Year 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2020)
    • Gold Award for Postgraduate 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2019)
    • Second place for International 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2019)
    • Second place University of the Year 
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2019)
    • Top 10 University of the Year
      (WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017) 
    • Green Flag Award for the second year running
      (Green Flag Award, 2017)
    • Diversity Champion
      (Black History Month, 2016) 
    • Awarded EcoCampus Gold Award
      (EcoCampus, 2016)
    • Silver Award under the Corporate Health Standard (CHS), the quality mark for workplace health promotion
      (Corporate Health Standard 2014).

Rankings

    • 98% of research at Aberystwyth University is of an internationally recognised standard or higher (REF 2021)
    • 75% of Aberystwyth University research is world-leading with 4* or internationally excellent with 3* (REF 2021)
    • A top 40 University in the UK
      (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022) 
    • Best University in Wales and top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction for the 6th year running
      (National Student Satisfaction Survey 2021) 
    • Best University in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience
      (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2021) 
    • Best University in Wales, 90% overall student satisfaction, and of all the universities featured in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, is one of the top 5 universities in the UK for overall student satisfaction
      (National Student Satisfaction Survey [NSS] 2020) 
    • 2nd in the UK for Student Satisfaction
      (The Complete University Guide 2020)
    • 2nd in the UK for satisfaction with Teaching
      (The Complete University Guide 2020)
    • One of the safest places in Wales to be a student
      (The Complete University Guide 2017)
    • A top 100 university in the world for Agriculture, Geography, Politics and International Studies
      (QS Word University Rankings 2017)
    • A top 40 UK University
      (The Times Higher Education, World University Rankings, 2016) 
    • Amongst the top 200 most international universities 
      (The Times Higher Education, Word University Rankings, 2016) 
    • A top 50 university according to major UK employers
      (The Times Higher Education, World University Rankings, 2015) 
    • 95% of the University's research is of an internationally recognised standard or higher
      (Research Excellence Framework [REF] 2014).

Subject Rankings

Accounting and Finance

  • Top 5 overall in the UK for the subject of Accounting & Finance (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Accounting & Finance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Accounting and Finance and 3rd in the UK for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) 

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

  • Top 3 in the UK for the subject of Agriculture (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 3 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Agriculture (National Student Satisfaction Survey 2021)
  • Top 5 overall in the UK for the subject of Agriculture & Forestry (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 5 for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Agriculture (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Animal Science (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Animal Science (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • 4th Overall in the UK for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for Research rating for the subject of Agriculture (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 3rd overall in the UK for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for Research rating for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Agriculture (NSS 2021)
  • Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Animal Science (NSS 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for Student Experience and 3rd for Research rating for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • 5th overall in the UK for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 6th overall in the UK for the subject of Agriculture & Forestry and 3rd for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Agriculture and Forestry (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Second in the UK for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and student experience for the subject of Animal Science (The Times and Sunday Times,  Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Agriculture & Forestry (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019) 

Art

  • 80% of the research in the School of Art is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • Best University in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for subject of Art & Design (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2021) 
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Art (NSS 2021) 
  • Best in the UK for Graduate Prospects for the subject of History of Art (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • 2nd in the UK for the subject of History of Art (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 3rd in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Art and Design (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • 4th in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Art and Design (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 2nd in the UK for the subject of History of Art (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of History of Art (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)  
  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Art & Design (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Art & Design (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

 

Biological Sciences

  • 84% of research in the Department of Life Sciences is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Ecology and Environmental Biology (NSS 2021)
  • 3rd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Microbiology and Cell Science (NSS 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Biological Sciences (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Business and Management

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Economics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Business & Management Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Economics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Computer Science

 

  • 88% of research in the Department of Computer Science is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Computer Science (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Computer Science (Good University Guide, The Times and Sunday Times 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Best in Wales for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • 6th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 15 Overall in the UK for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Computer Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Education and Childhood Studies

  • Best University in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Literature in Education (NSS 2021) 
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Education (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

English and Creative Writing

  • 2nd in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 Overall in the UK for the subject of Creative Writing  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Best in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Creative Writing (NSS 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Literature in English (NSS 2021)
  • Best in Wales for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 5th in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Creative Writing  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 15 in the UK for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Creative Writing (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Geography and Earth Sciences

  • 95% of research in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences is world leading or internationally excellent
    (REF 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with feedback in the subject of Geography & Environmental Studies. (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Best in Wales for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 7th in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Geography & Environmental Sciences  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

History and Welsh History

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of History (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with feedback for the subject of History (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of History (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

International Politics

  • 87% of research in the Department of International Politics is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • Top 5 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with teaching, the course and feedback for the subject of Politics (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 10 overall in the UK for the subject of Politics (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Research Rating for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 15 Overall in the UK for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 5 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Politics (NSS 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Social Policy (NSS 2021)
  • Best in Wales for the subject of Politics and 15th Overall in the UK  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Information Studies

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Librarianship and Information Management (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021).

Law and Criminology

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times,Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 15 in the UK for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Criminology  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Criminology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Mathematics

  • 84% of research in the Department of Mathematics is world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2021 for satisfaction with teaching and the overall course and 1st in the UK for satisfaction with feedback for the subject of Mathematics (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Mathematics (NSS 2021)
  • Best University in Wales for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Mathematics (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Mathematics, and 5th in UK for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Modern Languages

  • Best University in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Italian (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide, 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide, 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Italian (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide, 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with teaching and overall satisfaction with the course for the subject of Modern Languages (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of French Studies (NSS 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Iberian Studies (NSS 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of German and 2nd for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times ,Good University Guide 2020)
  • 2nd Overall in the UK for the subject of Iberian Languages (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of French  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 2nd in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of Iberian Languages (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of German (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 15 in the UK for the subject of Iberian Languages (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019).

Physics

  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Astronomy (NSS 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Psychology

  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with feedback for the subject of Psychology (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Best in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Best in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Applied Psychology (NSS 2021) 
  • 2nd in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • 2nd in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Psychology (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019). 

Sport and Exercise Science

  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Sport Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Sport Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020) 
  • Top in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 20 in the UK for the subject of Sports Science (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Theatre, Film and Television Studies

  • Top 10 in the UK in the Guardian University League Table 2022 for satisfaction with feedback for the subject of Media (The Guardian League Table 2022)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Communication and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • Top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction for the subject of Drama (NSS 2021) 
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Drama and Dance  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Communication and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Communications and Media Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019)
  • Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Welsh and Celtic Studies

  • Best University in the UK for the Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2022)
  • Top in the UK for Student Experience and Teaching Quality for the subject of Celtic Studies  (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 2nd in the UK for Graduate Prospects for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2021)
  • 1st in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for the subject of Celtic Studies (The Times and Sunday Times, Good University Guide 2019).

Veterinary Science

  • Top 3 in the UK for student satisfaction in Veterinary Science (NSS 2021).

The National Student Survey (NSS) is an annual survey of nearly half a million students in universities, colleges and other providers across the UK. The survey asks final-year undergraduate students to score their university across a wide range of measures of student satisfaction. They include quality of teaching, learning opportunities, assessment and feedback, academic support, organisation and management, learning resources, learning community and the student voice. Our rankings in the National Student Satisfaction Survey is based on the Times and Sunday Times list of Higher Education Institutions.