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.”

John Bateman, chairman of the 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.”

Mark Stansfeld, chairman of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The university has been a dynamo of opportunity for our city and a shining example of how universities can have a hugely beneficial impact on a community. I am delighted to see the valuable work of the University being recognised in these new rankings.”