Leeds uni takes another surge up the rankings

We’re the best in the country for Mechanical Engineering

Leeds has jumped up five places in The Guardian’s annual University Ranking released today.

We now sit proudly in 23rd place, jumping above the likes of Glasgow, Cardiff and SOAS.

Predictably, Oxbridge dominate the rankings, with Cambridge and Oxford in first and second place respectively.

Embarrassingly, Leeds was beaten in the rankings by fellow Yorkshire uni York – and bizarrely UEA.

Meanwhile our poor poly cousin Leeds Beckett slid down eight places to 116th.

It’s especially embarrassing considering the rankings only accounted for 119 universities, meaning Beckett take precedence only over the fine establishments of London Met, Trinity Saint David and Bucks New University.


Leeds was ranked joint top in the country for Mechanical Engineering, alongside Imperial.

Mechanical Engineering fourth-year James Collett said: “The department has definitely improved over the last few years and they’ve invested a lot of money.

“I was still surprised it’s first in the country though.”


These engineers are ecstatic

We were also ranked in the top five unis for Accounting and Finance, Agriculture, Film and Social Policy – proving that Leeds really is among the best when it comes to the boring subjects.

But we managed to squeeze into the coveted top ten spot for Film, Photography, Design, Art, Social Work and Journalism to name a few.

88.4 per cent of us said we were satisfied with our course, and nearly 90 per cent said we were satisfied with teaching.

The tables make encouraging reading – Leeds has been surging up the Guardian rankings in recent year. We were 28th in 2014 and 34th in 2013.

It was also a good year for Leeds “apparently we’re a thing” Trinity, who had a huge leap from 111th to 84th.