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UCL ranked fourth in THE Europe Teaching Rankings

8 July 2019

UCL secures fourth place among more than 200 universities in the Times Higher Education's (THE) Europe Teaching Rankings 2019.


The ranking focuses on teaching and learning environments for students, and the UK is the most represented country with 99 institutions.

UCL has risen one place from last year and follows the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and University of Navarra (Spain) in the overall rankings.

UCL is 3rd in the ‘outcomes’ pillar, which looks at universities’ records in delivering successful outcomes for students focusing on academic reputation, graduation rate and skills development.

This year’s ranking is built on 125,000 survey responses from students across 18 countries. This compares with just over 30,000 across only 10 countries in last year’s pilot.

Students answered questions about whether teaching supports critical thinking, the extent to which classes challenge the students, to what extent students interact with faculty and teachers and to what extent the students’ learning applies to the real world.

UCL has been building a learning culture that supports students to be more engaged with their learning and be more autonomous thinkers. Through UCL’s Connected Curriculum, our framework for research-based education, students are equipped with a range of essential skills needed for an unknown future. 

Vice-Provost (Education & Student Affairs) Professor Anthony Smith said: “It is great to see UCL recognised for its teaching and learning. The survey questions students and families on the matters that mean the most to them when making one of the most important decisions in their lives – who to trust with their education.

“Our commitment to improving the student experience has been demonstrated in the recent National Student Survey, which saw across-the-board increases and overall satisfaction improve by 2% compared with 2018. Strengthening our support from health and wellbeing and enhancing our teaching have been integral to this year’s success.”

This year, a record 1,478 students recognised 764 members of staff at UCL in the Student Choice Awards 2019, and UCL opened its new Student Centre in February 2019, providing 1,000 additional study spaces to enhance the student experience. The Centre has been recognised as environmentally outstanding.



  • Credit: Kirsten Holst for UCL