Our reputation

Students in the lab

Ranked 1st in the UK for Food Science, The Complete University Guide 2021

We are globally renowned for our teaching and research across the whole spectrum of food, from the molecular level to how food affects our body and how our diet is influencing our health. We have just over 500 students from over 40 countries studying with us.

Our achievements

  • 1st in the Guardian University Guide 2021 (Agriculture, Forestry and Food)
  • 1st in The Complete University Guide 2021 (Food Science)
  • 4th in the UK for Food Science, The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • Ranked top 100 in the world for Food Science and Technology according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020
  • Ranked #101-125 in the 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings Physical Sciences subject ranking
  • 94% student satisfaction for food sciences, and 91% for nutrition and dietetics, National Student Survey 2020

University awards

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

Every six years, the UK’s four higher education funding bodies undertake an exercise to measure the quality of research undertaken by UK higher education institutions (HEIs). The funding bodies use the outcomes to inform the allocation of their research funding to HEIs.The Research Excellence Framework was the framework used in 2014.

Unit of assessment: Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science

  • 3.06 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research has either ‘outstanding’ or ‘very considerable’ impact
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality

The quality of our research and the funding it attracts means we’re able to invest in world-class facilities and academic staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research. As a result, our students will be taught by internationally renowned, inspirational academics working at the forefront of their fields.