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Our reputation and impact

How we make a difference

Our award winning teaching helps students from all backgrounds to achieve their potential. Our research drives positive change in business, society and the wider world.

Top rankings in league tables

Top 3

modern university in the UK Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021

Top 15

Silver TEF award for teaching excellence

We’ve been awarded Silver for our high-quality teaching in the country's first Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Why the TEF matters

This government scheme looks at how well students are taught at universities across the UK. It's an independent judgement of our work and how we prepare our students for their future.

Our award winning work

  • Our employability service – MDXworks – that gives tailored guidance to students during and after their course
  • How we integrate employability skills and knowledge in our curriculum
  • Extra academic support through our Student Learning Assistant scheme
  • How we value and reward good teaching as showcased by our annual student-led teaching awards
  • Steady increase in student satisfaction due to excellent physical and digital resources.

"Students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes." Teaching Excellence Framework Statement of Findings for Middlesex University

What our TEF award means for students

We engage our students – the TEF panel praised our commitment to pro-actively engaging students in their own learning.

We value our students – we were commended in our TEF findings for how we value and invest in our student experience.

"I was continually impressed with the standard of teaching of the professors and lecturers and the positive impact this had on my studies." Katharine Owen, LLM Employment Law Graduate

Top for courses >


for Film Production and Photography in London Guardian University Guide 2019


for Sport Science in London Complete University Guide 2020


for Social Work in London Complete University Guide 2019

International research excellence

Our ground breaking, innovative research looks for ways to make positive change in the world. Middlesex has a strong research culture and a community of academic staff who continue to strengthen our excellent platform for research.

Research with impact

Top for research >


modern university in London for research power


research recognised as internationally significant

Top 20

across all creative industries research disciplines

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion are vital principles at Middlesex University. We value all our staff and students equally, and we firmly believe that the talents, skills, insights and experiences of our diverse community make us who we are.

We are a member of Advance HE's Race Equality Charter and we have signed up to the Race at Work Charter. We aspire to increasing diversity and inclusion at all levels in the University and a priority is to ensure that the University Executive are listening, learning and acting. Our Reverse Mentoring Framework is part of this process.

We are proud to have been ranked #12 out of 776 institutions for SDG5 Gender Equality in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021, which assess universities against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We have also been awarded a Bronze Award by the Athena Swan Charter, which recognises that the University has a solid foundation for eliminating gender bias and developing an inclusive culture that values all staff.

Find out more about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at MDX

Our commitment to sustainability

In 2020 we were one of only two universities to be awarded the highest level of Fairtrade Award – a three star Fairtrade University and College Award. To achieve the Award, universities have to meet a range of criteria in categories such as campaigning, procurement and research.

We are proud to have achieved notably high Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) scores in The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021, which assess universities against the United Nations SDGs. Using a range of metrics, the Impact Rankings provide a complete comparison across four areas: research, stewardship, outreach and teaching. Overall, Middlesex ranked 101-200 out of 1,115 Institutions. Some key SDGs where we perform incredibly well are SDG3 Good Health and Wellbeing (ranked 101-200 out of 871 institutions) and SDG12 Responsible Consumption and Production (ranked 88 out of 503 institutions)

Earlier in 2020, we maintained our EcoCampus Platinum/ISO 14001 certification which we first achieved in 2018/19. Certification body NQA carried out an audit, which included interviews with our staff and contractors. The Certification recognises our commitment to continuously identify, evaluate and improve our environmental performance.

Find out more about our focus on environmental sustainability

Explore how our research makes a difference to the natural world

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