Our reputation

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Our achievements

  • 2nd in the UK for Communication and Media Studies (The Complete University Guide 2019)
  • 2nd in the UK for Film Production and Photography (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • 3rd in the UK for Communication and Media Studies (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 5th in the UK for Cinematics and Photography (National Student Survey 2018)
  • 6th in the UK for Media and Film Studies (Guardian University League Tables 2019)
  • 3rd in the UK for research power in Media and Communication (Research Excellence Framework 2014)
  • 92% of our students find employment or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)
  • 87% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2018
  • 93% overall PhD student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey 2017.

World rankings

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs. 

According to the Research Excellence Framework 2014:

  • We are 3rd in the UK for research power in media and communication 
  • 82% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 100% of our research is ranked ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in terms of impact.

The quality of our research and the funding it attracts means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, our students will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the forefront of their fields.