Awards and recognition

We're winners

In 2020, we were named as one of the top 350 universities in the world for the fifth successive year – and one of the top 40 in the UK.

At the same time, we were named as the UK’s leading university for Education and Sports Science courses in the 2021 Guardian League Table. We're especially pleased to be one of the Guardian's top 20 UK universities for ‘Value added’, which measures how well we support our students, regardless of background, towards achieving their potential: a reflection of our commitment to providing an inclusive learning environment.

We've always strived to support our communities and local businesses, and this is reflected in the inaugural Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) results, published in April 2021. We're in the top 10% of English higher education institutions for skills, enterprise and entrepreneurship and the top 20% for local growth and regeneration. It demonstrates our contribution to economic, social and cultural wellbeing in the Eastern region and across the UK.

This follows awards for the quality of our learning facilities, and the impact we're making on our students' employability, management and leadership skills.

Our final-year students have also rated their educational experience – including teaching, academic support, assessment and feedback – highly in the National Student Survey.

Here are just a few examples of these and other successes.

Top 10 for graduate employment

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020

Award-winning learning facilities


Enterprise and entrepreneurship at ARU

Silver success

Teaching Excellence Framework

Shortlisted for Nurse Education Provider of the Year

2019 and 2020

Top 150 for health education

THE World University Rankings 2019

Top 250

University Teaching Rankings Europe 2018

Twelve areas of world-leading research

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Awarded £1m for innovative new teaching methods

SCALING UP Active Collaborative Learning project

CMI Higher Education Partner of the Year


Spirit of enterprise

Duke of York Award for Entrepreneurship

In 2016 we won a British business 'Oscar' for promoting enterprise and innovation in our curriculum, and being part of initiatives that drive growth across our region.

Entrepreneurial University of the Year

We were proud to receive this award in 2014, which recognised our innovative work with businesses and the way our courses encourage student ideas and enterprise.

A centre for bright ideas

Our Student Business Start-up Support hub is an inspiring virtual workspace – a place where students can develop, test and refine their early-stage business ideas.