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Awards and league table success

League table success

Exeter is one of the top universities in the world

  • The University is ranked 153rd in the latest (2024) QS World University Rankings.
  • The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023 ranked us 18th in the world, and as a leader in the following SDGs:
    • 1st globally for Clean Water and Sanitation
    • 1st in Europe for Climate Action
    • 1st in the UK and 2nd in Europe for Zero Hunger
    • 3rd in UK for No Poverty
    • 4th in the UK for Affordable and Clean Energy
  •  We are 6th in the UK, 8th in Europe and 31st  in the world in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2023, when the quality of publications is taken into account ("PP top 10%" - percentage of outputs in the top 10% most-cited). The Leiden Ranking offers key insights into the scientific performance of more than 1,400 major universities worldwide.

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

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

The Queen's Anniversary Prize

The University has four times been awarded a prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize. The most recent award was made in 2020 to a team of scientists who have exposed the devastating effect that plastics pollution has on the health of humans and wildlife. It is the fourth Prize won by the University.