The Times Good University Guide 2023: How West Midlands universities rank including University of Birmingham

Ratings have been revealed for the likes of the University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham, and Aston University.

The Times has released its official university guide for the 2023 academic year, including ranks for institutions across the West Midlands.

One university in the region has been named in the national top 10, with three others making it into the top 50.

Otherwise known as the annual ‘league tables’, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023 provides a useful ranking system and an overview of higher education in the United Kingdom.

Ranks are decided on by factors including student satisfaction, graduate opportunities, and the number of pupils per member of staff, helping people choose the universities they would like to apply for.

Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about West Midlands universities in the 2023 guide, including how they rank both regionally and nationally.


The best-ranked university in the West Midlands

The University of Warwick has been named the best-ranked university in the West Midlands in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023.

Nationally, the University of Warwick is also in the top 10 as it comes in at number nine. This is thanks to a 95.6% course completion rate and 86.3% graduate prospects figure.

How did the University of Birmingham do?

Ranked second in the region, the University of Birmingham has soared up the national rankings as it heads from 25th to 20th.

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 20th in the Times 2023 University Guide.


The University of Birmingham has a 95.4% student completion rate – just 0.2% lower than the University of Warwick.

It has also achieved a 71.3% score for teaching quality, 70.4% for student experience, and 84.2% for graduate prospects.

How do all the universities in the West Midlands rank?

There are seven West Midlands universities listed in the top 100 in the UK, including the University of Birmingham, Aston University, and Harper Adams University.

Here’s a full list detailing both the regional and national ranks:

  • #1 in the region: University of Warwick – 9th nationally
  • #2 in the region: University of Birmingham – 20th nationally
  • #3 in the region: Aston University – 45th nationally
  • #4 in the region: Harper Adams University – 47th nationally
  • #5 in the region: Coventry University – 55th nationally
  • #6 in the region: Keele University – 64th nationally
  • #7 in the region: Birmingham City University – 94th nationally
  • #8 in the region: Staffordshire University – 106th nationally
  • #9 in the region: University of Worcester – 110th nationally
  • #10 in the region: Newman University – 118th nationally