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Arts & Humanities 5th in World Rankings

26 October 2015

Arts & Humanities at UCL ranked 5th in The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2015-16.

Rising three places on last year's results, UCL is now one of only five UK universities in the world’s top 20 for Arts & Humanities, along with Oxford (4th), Cambridge (6th), King’s College London (15th) and Edinburgh (16th).

International outlook

Under Milk Wood 1954, Paula Rego (b.1935)

Commenting on the results, Professor Jonathan Wolff, Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, said: “I'd like to congratulate Arts & Humanities researchers and teachers across UCL – in the Faculties of Arts & Humanities, Social & Historical Sciences, SSEES, Laws, The Institute of Education, the Bartlett, and elsewhere – for our wonderful performance in the most recent Times Higher Education subject tables, in which Arts & Humanities at UCL has risen from 8th (2014-15) to 5th in the world, now behind only Stanford, Harvard, MIT and Oxford.

"Of course, league table positions should never be taken too seriously and in several of the criteria, such as teaching, research and citations, many universities bunch closely together, hitting world class standards. Where UCL really stands out among top universities, however, is in 'international outlook', which measures our proportion of international staff and students, and our international research collaborations. In this category we excel. Whatever else, our ranking shows that, as far as Arts & Humanities is concerned, UCL truly is London's Global University."

THE rankings

Univesities are judged on 13 performance indicators, including teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Find out more about THE rankings and how UCL compares to other institutions.