The University of Huddersfield has been rated top in Yorkshire for the quality of its teaching.

And its rated 17th countrywide beating some big academic names according to the Times Higher Education’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

The accolade was awarded based on sky-high student satisfaction levels, low dropout figures and graduate employment numbers – with these being the sixth highest in the UK.

Standing above juggernauts like Oxford and Leeds, the figure is “a real reason to celebrate”, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Tim Thornton said.

He added: “This ranking reflects how hard we have been working to provide students with the best university experience possible.”

The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by the government as an alternative way to rank universities.

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Huddersfield was followed by the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity and University of Bradford in the Yorkshire league, while Loughborough University came top in the country.

Prof Thornton, a history professor who specialises in early medieval politics, has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2008.

He added: “I think the reason we have such high student satisfaction levels is because we’ve very heavily invested in services for them and in our campus, which is one of the best in the country.

“The quality of our teaching staff is excellent and they manage to make their own academic research and teaching compliment each other.

“We’re also really proud to see graduate employment levels right up there in the top ten nationally.

“In Huddersfield it’s been constantly good and increasing every years despite graduate employment being a hit and miss subject over recent years.”