Where Newcastle and Northumbria rank in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

Here’s where the North East’s universities rank in the latest version of the Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

Three of the North East’s five universities saw their ranking rise in the latest edition of the Sunday Times’ Good University Guide.

And city-based Newcastle and Northumbria universities both saw their stock rise in the publication’s rankings.

In the 2022 version of the guide, Newcastle was ranked as the nation’s 42nd best university. However this time, it comes in ranked at joint 33rd.

And Northumbria, one of the list’s biggest risers, breaks the top 50 by climbing to an impressive 49th in the standings, up from 62nd last time out.

Signage for Northumbria University is seen in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north-east England on October 3, 2020.

Durham University is top of the North East university rankings, and sits sixth place nationally, which makes it a non-move from last year. It has also been named as the Sports University of the Year, a result of its intense sporting rivalries and high rates of participation. Durham is third in the British University and Colleges Sport league for 2021-22 and has turned out 141 professional sports stars, making it the top producer in the UK.


Students at Sunderland have expressed the highest satisfaction levels in the North East for teaching quality. Its medical and allied healthcare students are able to hone their skills in the university’s newly opened Anatomy Centre, which supports cadaveric anatomy (considered the gold standard in this subject). Sunderland ranks at joint 98th, having dropped from 77th last year.

Elsewhere, Teesside has topped the North East rankings for the overall undergraduate student experience, ranking 38th in the overall tables after an 80-place upturn. Its campus masterplan has already turned a £275 million investment into new developments. They are the region’s other climber, moving from 118th to 86th.

*The new edition of The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, a free 96-page supplement, will be published this weekend in The Sunday Times (September 18). It provides the definitive rankings for UK universities and the most comprehensive overview of higher education in Britain. It includes profiles on 135 universities and the definitive UK university rankings, making use of the latest data published in the past two months. A fully searchable website with university profiles and 70 subject tables will be published at https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/good-university-guide-in-full-tp6dzs7wn today (September 16) for subscribers to The Times and The Sunday Times.