THE University of Worcester is number one in the UK, and 26th globally, for quality education, according to the Times Higher Education.

Worcester has also been crowned number one in the UK, and joint fourth globally, for gender equality in the rankings.

Over 500 universities from 80 countries were assessed by the THE, with Worcester ranked 33rd overall.

Factors assessed include: promoting good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality and economic growth, reducing inequalities, building sustainable cities and communities, and achieving responsible consumption and production.

Worcester was ranked 17th globally for responsible consumption and production and is in the top 40 globally for sustainable cities and communities, decent work and economic growth, as well as for reduced inequalities and climate action.

Vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor David Green CBE said: “We are delighted to learn that our work is so highly valued across so many categories. The University of Worcester has long been committed to combining a highly inclusive approach with educational excellence.

“I am very proud of the way our staff and students continually strive to work in partnership with others to advance educational and social benefit.”

“We have long promoted efficient energy use by a succession of projects; including installing low energy lighting throughout the University; efficient building design, installing solar hot water in halls of residence, and working on multiple behaviour change projects with staff and students in terms of recycling, sustainable transport, energy efficiency and even the promotion of ‘grow your own’ as well as encouraging walking, wheeling and cycling.. This work has led to us being awarded First Class Honours in the Universities and Colleges’ Green League each year for more than a decade as well as winning numerous awards for environmental sustainability.

“We are very strongly supportive of the United Nations and the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Global warming is a reality. We need to act together now to avoid a climate disaster. We are deeply committed to playing a positive part in the great global movement which has seen the UN adopt these ambitious, most positive goals for the people of the planet.”

John Bateman, chairman of the university governors, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for the university and all the staff and students who work so hard.

“For many years Worcester has really led the way in thinking about its impact on the world, both in terms of reducing its environmental impact and increasing its beneficial impact in society, and I’m delighted to see this long-term commitment being acknowledged in this way.”