EDGE Hill University has been named Modern University of the Year, and was shortlisted for the University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
The university has risen to its highest ever position in the guide’s rankings from 70th position to 58th nationally.
Founded as a teaching training college, over the last 30 years Edge Hill has expanded in recent years, with a new medical school opening last year.
It is one of the more socially diverse universities and is working with Everton FC on a mental health awareness programme called Tackling the Blues, on campus and in the community.
Alastair McCall, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: “Ranked in its highest position yet in our academic league table, Edge Hill is one of the shining stars of the modern university sector.
“Led for nearly 30 years by John Cater, Edge Hill has established a profile nationally as a go-ahead institution with ambition for its students.
“A new medical school is the latest addition to a university estate and a course offering that is expanding all the time.
“Big gains in this pandemic-influenced year in our rankings for student satisfaction with teaching quality and their wider university experience demonstrate a university responsive to its students’ needs and one capable of matching their expectations.
“After 18 months of turmoil across all walks of life, our University of the Year awards this year highlight exceptional achievement in adverse circumstances.
“For its ability to deliver in this regard, as well as long-standing achievement more widely, Edge Hill is also one of just five to make the shortlist for the overall UK University of the Year, in addition to its win as Modern University of the Year.”
The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 provides rankings for UK universities and includes profiles on 135 universities, making use of the latest data published in the past two months.
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