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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 September, 2003, 09:58 GMT 10:58 UK
York wins top university accolade
The city's university has around 6,000 full-time students
The University of York has been named UK university of the year, in a national newspaper survey.

The Sunday Times has ranked the country's 125 universities and higher education colleges on seven factors including teaching and research quality,degree results, student to staff ratio, and drop-out rates,

Although York, with around 6,000 full-time students, was rated sixth overall in the UK it was awarded the university of the year title due to its "sustained excellence".

York was the only Yorkshire university to feature in the top 20 although the University of Leeds was found to be the most popular in the country with 52,521 students applying to study in the city.

Leeds was also found to offer the cheapest university-managed accommodation in England with rooms starting at 35 a week.

Yorkshire university national rankings
Sheffield 25
Leeds 29
Hull 46
Bradford 56
Sheffield Hallam 66
Leeds Metropolitan 78
Huddersfield 93
Trinity & All Saints 110
York St John College 112

Sheffield was one of 16 universities judged to have five-star sports facilities.

The recognition for York comes as its new medical school, launched in partnership with the University of Hull, prepares to welcome its first students on Monday.

Vice-chancellor professor Brian Cantor said: "The accolade reflects the university's consistently high performance in teaching and research quality and its welcoming and supportive approach to students.

"It is a very great credit to the hard-working and talented staff here."

Students' Union president Chris Jones added: "It's a fairly small campus university and I think that helps make for a real community atmosphere.

"When people talk about the good universities they always mention Oxbridge, Durham and St Andrews but I think the people who apply to come here do so because they realise it is one of the best."

Cambridge University was ranked the top establishment in the country for the sixth year running.

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