Our outstanding universities

Yorkshire & Humber has one of Europe’s largest concentrations of universities.
We have over 206,000 students and 39,000 staff in 14 higher-education institutions. With a combined turnover of over £1.4bn, the sector generates £2.8b of output in the regional economy—as employers, employment generators, importers of students, business creators and providers of knowledge and skills.

You can find out more about our higher education institutions on the Yorkshire Universities website. Please also visit the White Rose University Consortium, representing the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Academic excellence

We are justifiably proud of the academic excellence of the universities in our region. Here are a few highlights:

  • The University of York was recently ranked 6th out of 172 higher-education institutions for research, along with a 5-star rated department of computer science. 17 of its 22 subjects are rated 5 or 5-star, and it’s number 9 overall in the Sunday Times University Guides top-10 rankings.
  • The University of Hull was recently shortlisted for University of the Year by the Times, and recent studies have rated it as the best in Yorkshire. 10 subject areas are the top five nationally
  • The University of Leeds is the UK’s second-largest university, offering 700 undergraduate and 470 postgraduate courses. It has 15 National Teaching Fellows—more than any other university in England or Northern Ireland
  • The University of Sheffield was described as ‘a top university across the board’ by the Virgin 2008 Alternative Guide to British Universities, and its alumni include no fewer than 5 Nobel prize-winners
  • The University of Bradford is consistently ranked top for graduate employment in Yorkshire, and holds joint first place in the North of England (Time Good University Guide 2008).

Investing in academic research

  • The R&D investment by higher-education institutions in Yorkshire & Humber is 12% above the EU average
  • Our universities attract academic research investment worth a massive £347m, accounting for 42% of R&D investment in Yorkshire & Humber (compared to a national 20%)
  • Within the UK, only universities in London spend more on research (as a percentage of GVA) than ours
  • Almost 100 subject areas have received the highest grading for their research, recognising their national and international excellence
  • Research income from UK industry, commerce and public corporations increased by 10% in Yorkshire and Humber (2003-4 to 2004-5) compared to a 1% decline nationally.

More students, better students

  • Our universities attract more students than anywhere else in the country
  • 54,000 students graduate every year from Yorkshire & Humber universities—that’s over 10% of the national total
  • With an average of 263.5 points per candidate, Yorkshire & Humber ranks in the top 3 of the 9 English regions in terms of A-level qualifications, enabling the region's business and academic communities to take advantage of well-qualified undergraduates.

Keeping our graduates in the region

Having fantastic talent in outstanding universities isn’t enough—we also want them to stay in the region, using their skills to boost our economy. That’s why Yorkshire Forward has a range of programmes in place to help young people with enterprise, to encourage university spin-out businesses within universities to match graduates to vacancies in the region, and much more.

Links to our higher education institutions

The Facts

  • The region’s universities produce over 10% of the UK’s graduates
  • There are over 200,000 students in our universities
  • R&D investment by our universities is 12% above the EU average
  • They attract academic research worth £347m.

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