Key Successes

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Uni of the year

Best student experience in the North West in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016.

Top two nationally for good environment on campus and top three nationally for high quality facilities. 7


Strong levels of Graduate Employment. 95.3% of Edge Hill University’s full time first degree graduates find work or further study within six months of graduating.2

Top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Top in the UK for teaching on Public Relations degrees, top in the UK for academic support on Biology degrees and top in the North West for EVERY category on Geography, Environmental Science and Physical Geography degrees3

Winner of the Times Higher Education UK University of the Year Award in 2014 as well as being shortlisted in 2007/8, 2010/11 and 2011/12 – the only university to be shortlisted four times in seven years.

Top Two University in the UK for Social Mobility based on Edge Hill’s success in developing a broad range of students to achieve graduate jobs.4

Safest Campus in the North West for fourth year running5

Top 20 University for making a great first impression – making students feel at home straight away6

Top in the North West for overall satisfaction and teaching on Business Studies, Computing and Marketing with Public Relations degrees1

When Edge Hill was awarded University of the Year title for 2014/15, Times Higher Education described it as “ a great success story…an institution that improves and impresses year after year”. The award recognised its outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as its strengthening research profile, investment and growth. It also celebrated Edge Hill University’s distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

An overall 225% increase in the volume of academic staff submitting research in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 since 2008’s Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). Edge Hill University was listed as the biggest improver in the Times’ table (+33 places).


“My time there gave me a new-found confidence and helped me rediscover reading, writing and learning which I’ll always be grateful for.”

Joe Ainsworth

“Anyone graduating from this University can be truly proud and confident that it will go from strength to strength.”
Dame Patricia Bacon

“It has such a fantastic reputation and is at the cutting edge of education.”
Heidi Thomas
Screenwriter and playwright

“The University has an excellent reputation and excels in personal student development and student satisfaction.”
John Ellershaw, Professor of Palliative Medicine
Director, Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool

“Spaces are just as important as the skills and friendships you build while in education, especially in the creative industries where much good work comes from networking and firming up friendships. We can learn from our peers as well as our teachers and this facility is the perfect place to do this.”
Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Screenwriter and novelist

“What I like about this University is that it has the pace, the speed, the friendliness and, more importantly, it has got the vision. Today we hear about all the problems with the economy but the courses at this University provide real hope for work for its students.”
George Davies
Fashion designer and retailer


  1. National Student Survey, 2015
  2. HESA Destination of Leavers Survey pub. June 2016, DLHE survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency 2015
  3. National Student Survey 2015
  4. Social Mobility Graduate Index, 2014
  5. Complete University Guide 2015
  6. Youth Sight 2014
  7. Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2016. (Places held jointly)
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