Flying High in global rankings

08 May 2013 09:12:23.960
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The University of Nottingham features among the best in the world in a new ranking of individual subjects.

The league table shows Nottingham has improved its position significantly — appearing among the world’s elite institutions (top 200) in 29 out of 30 disciplines.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject also features 21 Nottingham subjects in the top 100, compared to 14 last year; and five in the top 50, compared to two last year.
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The University was placed particularly highly in Pharmacy & Pharmacology (15th)Education (26th) Law (34th) Geography (50th) and Agriculture & Forestry (50th).

More than 2,800 universities worldwide were evaluated as part of the survey, with 678 ranked in total.

Now in its 3rd year, The QS World University Rankings by Subject series takes into the account the opinion of academics and employers via a global survey. The rankings series is the only international evaluation that allows prospective students to compare universities in their particular area of interest.

The University of Nottingham’s Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Professor Karen Cox said: “The QS World University Rankings by Subject recognises the quality of the programmes that the University offers its students. It shows that our high teaching standards and exceptional course content is able to compete with hundreds of higher education institutes from across the globe.

“To see five of our subject areas reach the top 50 is a fantastic achievement and is testament to the teaching and research excellence of our academic colleagues. The last few years have been turbulent for education and to see that we are continuing to rise through the ranks is great news and demonstrates that as a University we are performing exceptionally well within the higher education sector.”

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) is the leading global provider of higher education and careers information, independent research. Its activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2,000 international universities and business schools.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says, “As the UK and other governments around the world move towards the ‘student pays’ model on higher education funding, employability is increasingly crucial to graduates. QS is the only global ranking of universities that takes into account the opinion of employers.”

This survey follows on from the QS World University Rankings last year, which saw Nottingham rise from 74th to 72nd place.

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Notes to editors: The University of Nottinghamhas 42,000 students at award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It was ‘one of the first to embrace a truly international approach to higher education’, according to the Sunday Times University Guide 2013. It is also one of the most popular universities among graduate employers, one of the world’s greenest universities, and winner of the Times Higher Education Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Development’. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong and the QS World Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. The University aims to be recognised around the world for its signature contributions, especially in global food security, energy & sustainability, and health. The University won a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its research into global food security.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest ever fundraising campaign, will deliver the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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