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StudentCrowd University Awards are some of the most coveted awards in HE. 

Our University Awards help give universities recognition for all their hard work in teaching and supporting students.

They also help future students make informed choices about their own university journey.

What are SC University Awards?

This is the 7th year of the StudentCrowd University Awards.

The StudentCrowd University Awards are based 100% on student review scores. It's simple: students review their university, course and accommodation across different categories (outlined below), rating them out of 5 stars. We crunch the numbers of those scores for each university, including reviews on university accommodation (but not private).

The university with the top score across each individual area is crowned the 2022 Best in Category. 

The university with the highest score over all the categories claims the top spot in the Best University Award. 

StudentCrowd then reveals the top 20 universities in the UK overall and by each individual category. 

This is an independent award and is based on real students' experiences which create the university rankings.

See last year's winners

Review categories



Students' Union


Clubs and societies





Value for money

Teaching quality

Personal tutor

Course content

Job prospects




Value for money


Property management


Social spaces

Social experience


Why are these important for universities and prospective students?

Over 1.6 million users have visited our site in the last 12 months to make decisions about university. These awards are therefore very important in the decision making journey of prospective students and their parents.

Remote decision-making has become even more important with UCAS’s 2020 New Applicant Survey reporting that 78% of prospective students cite ‘online review by other students’ as either ‘important’ or ‘extremely important’ to their university decision. 

Prospective students are hungry information-seekers and are turning to reviews to discover authentic university experiences.

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Why is our university ranked X in the University Awards but Y in the StudentCrowd League Table? 

The University Awards are calculated using an unweighted average of review scores from the last 24 months for university reviews, course reviews and university accommodation reviews.

The StudentCrowd League Tabled is powered by the StudentCrowd Rating, an algorithm that ranks universities based on review age, review volume and review authenticity. More on this here.

The live League Table changes every day but the 2022 University Awards are static so we can celebrate the achievements of the past 2 years. Therefore, it is possible to have a different position in the League Table and in the annual awards. 

How are the winners selected?

Winners are selected purely on their average review score over the 24-month period from 1st June 2020 to 31st May 2022. The average review scores are across our university, course and university accommodation review categories. 

How many reviews do you need to qualify for the University Awards?

To qualify for the Best Overall University Award, a university must have at least 100 reviews.

Can I update the image and other information on the university’s StudentCrowd profile as it is out of date?

Award-winners will be contacted with their draft bio before the public announcement of the award. If you are an award-winner and would like to update your photo or StudentCrowd profile, please mention that to the team member who contacts you. 

The entry requirements you have listed on our profile are out of date. Can you change these?

Entry requirements displayed on the site are an average taken across all of the university’s courses using up-to-date UCAS data. Please let us know if you think these are incorrect and we will look into it further. Send your query to

Editing bios 

StudentCrowd prepares a draft bio for the top twenty universities across all our award categories.

Universities have the opportunity to edit and amend their league table bios to accurately reflect their university’s strengths. 

Bios are to be no longer than 60 words and must accurately reflect the university experience and services offered. Amends should be in the third-person neutral tone rather than first-person promotional. We will decline any edits that are overly promotional.

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