Awards and league table success

Exeter is one of the top universities in the world

  • Exeter is amongst the top 150 universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the most influential global league table. 
  • We are 7th in the UK, 9th in Europe and top 40 in the world in the CWTS Leiden Ranking, when the quality of publications is taken into account. The Leiden Ranking offers key insights into the scientific performance of more than 900 major universities worldwide.
  • The University is ranked 158th in the QS World University Rankings.

Exeter is a top UK university, according to all of the main higher education league tables

Each league table ranks more than 100 UK higher education institutions.

  • The Times and the Sunday Times Good University Guide ranks Exeter in 14th position in the UK.
  • Exeter was named The Times and The Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2015-16 acknowledging the University as the best in the country in academic and athletic achievement across a wide range of sports. It recognises Exeter’s outstanding support for athletes, very high student satisfaction in sport-related programmes and world-leading research which enhances athletic performance at all levels. In 2012 the Sunday Times named us 'Sunday Times University of the Year'. 
  • This year’s Guardian league table lists Exeter in 13th position out of 121 higher education institutions, and we are ranked 7th in the Russell Group of leading research intensive universities. The Medical School cemented its burgeoning reputation as one of the very best in the country, rising to 5th place nationally and once again retaining its place as best in the South West.  A wide range of subjects at the University secured top 10 positions: Religious Studies and Theology (4th), Sports Science (5th) and Engineering: Materials and Minerals (5th) also secured positions in the top five of the rankings. Drama (6th), Medical Imaging (6th) Politics (8th), Classics (8th) and Business, Management and Marketing (10th) complete the top 10 entries. Overall, 21 subjects feature in the top 20.
  • The Complete University Guide published in the Independent lists Exeter in 14th place.

The Queen's Anniversary Prize

The University has three times been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize. The most recent award was made to a team of scientists who have transformed the lives of hundreds of diabetes sufferers.

This is the second Queen's prize won by a member of staff at the Peninsula Medical School. The Dean, Professor John Tooke, won a Queen's Prize in 1996 also for work on diabetes. It is the third Prize won by the University.