The University of Huddersfield has secured the spot of 8th best university in the North and North East, according to The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

North and North East Ranking National Ranking University 
Durham University 
15 University of York 
18 University of Sheffield 
24 University of Leeds 
37 Newcastle University 
49 Northumbria University 
67 University of Hull 
76 University of Huddersfield 
77 York St John University 
10 85= Sheffield Hallam University 
11 89= Leeds Arts University 
12 92 Leeds Trinity University 
13 93= University of Sunderland 
14 101 Leeds Beckett University 
15 102 Teesside University 
16 108 University of Bradford 

The Times and Sunday Times Good University 2024 key findings: 

What you study and where you study matter more than ever when it comes to future earnings. New to the online guide is a searchable database of graduate salaries per university and per subject. The top degree is computer studies at Imperial College where the average salary within 15 months of graduating is £64,000, and in second place, business, management and marketing from Oxford where graduates can expect to take home £58,000. Whereas students who finish drama, dance and cinematics at the University of Central Lancashire will be earning an average salary of £18,000 within 18 months of leaving university.  

The curriculum is evolving fast. Applications to study computer science including AI, video games design and robotics were almost 10 per cent higher than last year, according to analysis of Ucas data, and 31 per cent higher than in 2019. There is a welcome rise in joint honours and  interdisciplinary work to collaborate on solving the world’s future problems from climate change to health. 

The cult of Oxbridge continues. The reputation of Oxford and Cambridge – never out of the top three in the past three decades – have seen a rising proportion from non-selective state schools, according to the latest data. Cambridge has 49.5 per cent, up from 40.1 per cent in 2018, and Oxford has 53.5% per cent, up from 39.4 per cent.  

The diversity index. Our social inclusion ranking reveals that many of the universities at the top of the academic league table – those with the highest entry standards, best job prospects and most competition for places – still find themselves at the bottom when it comes to social inclusion. The highly selective Russell Group institutions occupy 16 of the bottom 20 places, with Durham University at the bottom. 

Helen Davies, editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said“The higher education landscape has never been tougher. It is more competitive to get a place at many of our top institutions; the cost of attending university has soared, leaving graduates with extraordinary debt; and in many cases campus life still bears the scars of the pandemic. Meanwhile lecturers are on strike and the marking crisis is a running scandal.  

“It means any prospective student, parent or carer needs to think hard about whether university is the right choice, and then where to study and what subject. It’s where this guide — our 30th edition — is here to help. Our online version has so much more on how the universities compare subject by subject, a guide on campus life, and what scholarships and bursaries may be on offer.  

“We are here to champion the ambitious work of our first-class universities, and the aspirations of any student of any age who wants to keep on learning.”