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UCL Institute of Education retains world number one position for Education in QS subject rankings

4 March 2020

UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked as the world number one for Education for the seventh year in a row, the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject published today (4 March) reveal.

UCL Institute of Education named World Number 1 for Education

Speaking on the result, Interim Director Professor Sue Rogers said: 

“The achievement of world number 1 in education for the seventh year in a row is a truly outstanding result for the IOE and reflects the world-leading calibre and dedication of our academic community. My thanks and congratulations go to IOE colleagues, our students and alumni, and to the partners we work with, for their part in this success.”

The IOE has enjoyed a productive year. In the past 12 months, research from the Institute has highlighted that shorter break times could be harming children’s development, one in four teachers work more than 60 hours per week, and spending more in time in nature can improve young people’s confidence.

The IOE also recently launched the new Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO) and produced a project where schools can visit the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen to educate the next generation about the Holocaust.

Work for the upcoming year will include research on the impact of free schools on local pupils’ outcomes and how organisations determine which migrants ‘deserve’ welfare services.

2020 will also see the Institute celebrate 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study, a world renowned study through which it follows the lives of around 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970. The study is a vital source of evidence on key policy areas such as social mobility, education, training and employment.

In addition to the IOE’s number 1 position, eight other subject areas from UCL have been ranked in the top 10 globally: archaeology (3rd), architecture and the built environment (3rd), anthropology (4th), anatomy and physiology (5th), pharmacy and pharmacology (5th), psychology (7th), geography (8th) and medicine (8th).

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), said: “This is an incredible achievement, and testament to the hard work of IOE colleagues who have made it possible. Through their commitment to academic excellence, impactful research and engaging with the communities we serve, they make UCL a world-leading centre for excellence in education research, and retaining this ranking for seven consecutive years is a testament to that.”

The QS World University Rankings by subject highlight the world’s top universities in a range of subject areas. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations.

UCL features amongst the world’s leading institutions in 39 of the 48 subjects featured in this year’s rankings. The QS World University rankings – which rank universities overall, rather than at subject level – will be published later this year. In 2020, these rankings placed UCL at number 8 in the world.