League tables

League tables

Different league tables measure different influences on the university's rankings among UK and world universities.  

The figures below are drawn from a representative sample of the tables produced by various ranking organisations.

"World rankings" reflect Nottingham's position among all universities globally; UK rankings are specific to the UK.


General Academic Rankings
 UK RankingWorld ranking
(if available)

QS World University Rankings 2024



Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022



The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023



The Complete University Guide 2024



The Guardian University Guide 2023



The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023





The University of Nottingham was named as Sports University of the Year for 2021 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Nottingham was previously the Sports University of the Year in 2019, as well as International University of the Year, in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.


In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the UK's official assessment of the quality of research in UK higher education institutions – the University of Nottingham was placed 7th in the UK for research power, according to analysis by Times Higher Education (THE).

100% of our research is recognised internationally, and 90% is classed as 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent', according to THE's analysis. 51% of our research is assessed as 'world-leading' for its impact, according to our own analysis of the REF findings. Find out more about our REF results.


The University of Nottingham is ranked 66 in the world and 10 in the UK for employability by the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.

Nottingham is also the second most targeted university by the UK's top employers, according to The Graduate Market in 2023 report by High Fliers Research.

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