The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.

THE Awards 2019 - Shortlisted - University of the Year

The University has been shortlisted for University of the Year in the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards and the 2019 UK Social Mobility Awards. We are also shortlisted for Sustainability Institution of the Year in the 2019 Green Gown Awards.

The University's strength across many areas is reflected in the fact that we are also shortlisted for Outstanding Support for Students, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community, International Collaboration of the Year, Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and Datapoints Merit Award in the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards.

In the 2019 National Student Survey, 88.2% of Worcester final year students said they were satisfied overall, placing the University at 16th out of 152 institutions and 8th out of all English non-specialist universities. Nine courses at Worcester received 100% satisfaction.

 

Worcester achievements

  • University of the Year - Finalist - 2019 Times Higher Education Awards and UK Social Mobility Awards
  • 1st for Quality Education - 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings
  • Outstanding Support for Students - Finalist - 2019 Times Higher Education Awards
  • Top 10 for Student Satisfaction - 2019 National Student Survey
  • Top 10 for Sustained Employment - Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017)
  • Sustainability Institution of the Year - Finalist - 2019 Green Gown Awards

 

 

A place for everyone

The University is a truly inclusive place where every person counts as an individual.  From designing imaginative facilities to providing practical support and tailored learning, we strive to help people of all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their own rich potential. We work hard to break down barriers and provide opportunities for all.

We were ranked Number One in the UK for Quality Education and Gender Equality in the 2019 Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings.

Worcester is home to Europe’s first integrated university and public library, The Hive, and Britain’s first inclusive indoor sports hall purpose-designed to include the wheelchair athlete, the University of Worcester Arena, two facilities that exemplify our commitment to inclusion. We are top in the UK for gender equality and in the top 10 of universities to best reflect society.

Our commitment to supporting students’ wellbeing was recognised in being shortlisted for Outstanding Student Support for the past two years (2018 and 2019) in the Times Higher Education University Awards, and we are regularly identified as a best practice example in this field. 

We believe in educating and supporting the whole person to succeed in their own personal endeavours but to also use the skills they develop to build a better world.

Students enjoying learning through play
Students investigating learning through play

Outstanding graduate employment

Worcester has one of the best records of graduate employment in the Country. In the Government-published Longitudinal Educational Outcomes survey (2017), Worcester was placed in the top 10 for sustained employment with or without further study, one, two and three years after graduation. Over 97% of our graduates are in work or continuing to study within six months of graduating.

A key feature of a University of Worcester education is the golden triangle of professional education, which interweaves expert knowledge and practical learning. At the three points of the triangle are the well-motivated student, an inspiring educator, and an expert professional mentor.

With close industry links across a range of sectors, Worcester students have opportunities to access work placements, to earn-as-they-learn in jobs relevant to your studies, as well as volunteering, all helping to build your skills, confidence and employability.

 

"We will support you whenever needed, with excellent counselling, guidance, welfare and support."

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive

TEF silver logo
TEF Silver logo

High quality teaching

In the first ever national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Worcester was rated Silver, with assessors commenting that Worcester “delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students” and “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

We were placed 6th for teaching quality and 8th for student experience in the Times Good University Guide 2020.

The TEF panel noted that we excel at teaching which encourages high levels of student engagement and commitment to learning and study. Including “excellent levels” of contact time and schemes that involve students in the process of enhancing their own learning experience.

Inside the Hive
Inside the Hive library

A community-engaged university

Worcester has been an exemplar in the contribution a university can make to society. We recognise that the health and wellbeing of the University is inextricably tied to the physical, social, and economic wellbeing of the region in which we live. Our ideas, skills and resources contribute a great deal to the communities of which we are a part and we are committed to helping businesses, public and voluntary organisations to succeed.

We have deliberately chosen to develop our facilities differently, creating places that are open to all and that are conducive to co-operation and success.

In the first ever national gender pay reporting in 2018, Worcester was revealed to be the best of all universities in the UK, with the smallest average pay gap of any university, with women represented equally across the Institution from the lowest grades to the top. That result was repeated again in 2019.

View from outside the Hive
Outside the Hive library

Environmental Sustainability

Worcester is a leader in sustainability and climate change research, teaching and engagement. Our campus is a living laboratory for developing, testing and implementing solutions that enhance the health of people and planet. 

In the 2019 People and Planet University League, the University was awarded ‘First Class Honours’ – an achievement it has now held for more than 10 years. The University remains in the top five most sustainable universities in the country, out of the 154 universities in the UK that were rated in the 2019 table.

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