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More success for Chichester as University ranks in top fifty of new league table

University ranks in top fifty of new league table

A NEW league table that demonstrates a “new elite” of universities are emerging in the UK has named the University of Chichester in the top fifty institutions.

The TEF/REF ranking combines the results from the teaching and research excellence frameworks to identify institutional positions. The University of Chichester was named 45th in the UK out of 112 competitors.

The new approach is intended to overcome former practices of linking performance to mission group and historical reputation. The survey, which was created by leaders at Lancaster University, identifies those universities whose TEF and REF metrics demonstrate that they are able to combine high-quality education and teaching with excellence in research.

University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore said: “Although it is highly unlikely that this new cleaner approach will replace conventional league tables in the immediate future, this impressive result does underline the value of our commitment to integrating high quality teaching and research.”

The University excelled in the most recent REF results with 90 per cent of its research rated as internationally-renowned and 15 per cent as world-leading. Its teaching is informed and influenced by the research, professional practice, innovation, and enterprise activity undertaken by staff.

University named 45th in the UK out of 112 competitors in new TEF-REF table

Professor Mark Smith and Nicola Owen, from Lancaster University, created the new league TEF/REF table. Speaking to the Times Higher education magazine said: “The data underlying REF and TEF are arguably much more robust than using brand references or historical reputations, which are often used as sloppy shorthand for high quality.”

The Lancaster team added that the list produces a cadre of “medium-sized, campus-based universities” that, in their opinion, are “now clearly a key component of the emerging new elite.”

Chichester’s significant position in the TEF/REF table follows high rankings in the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience survey. The study named it in the top ten universities in the UK and also rated in the top three for security as well as for student welfare, and fifth for academic experience.

To find out more about diverse portfolio of research at the University of Chichester, and how its lecturers contribute to world-leading research, visit

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