Key Successes

Edge Hill is ranked as Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)the government’s evaluation of excellence in teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. Gold is the highest possible TEF rating, indicating that the institution is “of the highest quality found in the UK” and is “delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.”

Edge Hill is one of the select few universities to have held the coveted UK University of the Year title, awarded by Times Higher Education (2014/15). Recent successes include being ranked in the top 10 for teaching by the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, top in the North West for student experience (Times Higher Education 2017), and top in the UK for student accommodation in the 2017 WhatUni Awards.

Edge Hill is University of the Year for Student Retention by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, who wrote that the institution is “firmly establishing itself among the top post-1992 universities.”

In our peer group of the 60+ modern, diversified universities we are top in England in the WhatUni 2017 University of the Year rankings, as well as in the Courses and Lecturers and Facilities categories. Edge Hill also comes top in the UK for student support (WhatUni 2017) and social mobility (CentreForum, 2014).

Within the North West we are the safest campus (Complete University Guide 2016) and the highest-ranked institution for student satisfaction in a wide range of National Student Survey categories and subjects (NSS 2016).

Our strengths in employability are demonstrated by 95.5% of our full time first degree graduates finding work or further study within six months of graduating (HESA), and reinforced by awards including a top ten shortlisting in the National Graduate Recruitment Awards (TARGETjobs 2017).

Times Higher Awards have recognised our Excellence and Innovation in the Arts (Highly Commended, 2015) and research in sport and education, working in partnership with Everton in the Community the official charity of Everton Football Club (Outstanding Contribution to the Community, 2016).

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and Highly Commended for Workplace of the Year in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017.

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. 

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