Edge Hill University is officially a world class institution.

For the first time the institution has received a coveted overall World University Ranking, and also individual rankings for courses categorised as Social Sciences and Education, awarded by the Times Higher Education.

The University has secured three spots in the only global university performance tables to judge research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Edge Hill scored an 801-1000 banding in the overall league table and is ranked

in the 301-400 banding in the Education table, covering education, teacher training and academic studies in education courses. The University is ranked in the 501-600 banding on the Social Sciences subject ranking, which covers the University’s Geography, Sociology and Politics degrees.

The scoring considers:

  • Teaching: the learning environment
  • Research: volume, income and reputation
  • Citations: research influence
  • International outlook: staff, students and research
  • Industry income: innovation

Edge Hill University was originally set up as the first non-denominational teacher training college for Women in 1885, so has a long history of delivering education courses. Its first non-teaching degrees including Geography and Applied Social Sciences started in 1975. Politics, although offered in the past, has only recently been available again as a degree at Edge Hill University, with the first intake to the current programme in September 2014.

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor of Edge Hill University said: “We are delighted to secure this global accolade, overall for the institution and for the wide range subjects taught and research delivered in our Geography, Sociology and Politics departments and the Faculty of Education.

“The breadth of subjects covered by these rankings helps to underline the high quality and diverse research and teaching outputs in these courses and emphasise the world-class nature of our learning and teaching.”