Rankings

We are highly ranked in the UK and world league tables, and are recognised internationally for our research, teaching and outreach.

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University league table rankings

University of the Year for Student Retention 2022

We're extremely proud that Sussex has been named the 'University of the Year for Student Retention' by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Find out more.


World rankings

QS World Rankings

In the QS World Rankings 2021, we have been:

  • rated number one in the world for Development Studies
  • rated high for research output.

Global Student Satisfaction Award winners - Student Diversity

We’re thrilled to have won the award for Student Diversity at the 2021 Global Student Satisfaction Awards

This category asked students how friendly the atmosphere at their university was for people from diverse background – including different countries, cultures, religions, age, gender, and special needs.

Our ambitious internationalisation strategy seeks to be inclusive and encourage a diverse student body, and this award is recognition of that diversity. 


Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Sussex is a leading research university, as reflected in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Over 75% of research activity at Sussex is categorised as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in terms of originality, significance and rigour. 

Individual highlights of the REF 2014 results include:

  • Sussex History was the highest rated History submission in the UK for the quality of its research outputs 
  • 84% of the University’s research impact in Psychology was rated as the top possible grade, 4* 
  • Sussex Geography had the most 4*-rated research impact of any Geography submission across the UK.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence Framework is a government-run exercise to evaluate the quality of the undergraduate student experience in higher education institutions in the UK.  

Find out more about TEF on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website.

We were awarded a silver rating in the 2017 TEF submission, and as part of our submission, Sussex was strongly praised by HEFCE for: 

  • our outstanding employment strategy, with the proportion of Sussex graduates in highly-skilled jobs or further study 12 per cent above benchmark expectations
  • the very high proportion of Sussex students from all backgrounds who complete their course and go on to highly-skilled employment or further study.

As well as our employment strategy and the performance of under-represented groups in our student body, the TEF panel assessors said our submission reflects:

  • our culture that values excellent teaching through career progression, professional development and teaching awards
  • the significant investment in the University estate and high-quality physical and digital resources that aids student learning
  • our students’ consistent and frequent exposure to, and engagement in, cutting-edge research
  • optimum levels of student engagement and commitment to learning, secured through excellent teaching and assessment practices. 

Read our full TEF submission.

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