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UCL rises 8 places in THE rankings

1 October 2015

UCL has risen to number 14 from 22 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

UCL Quad

The THE World University Rankings are generated from five 'pillars', each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence: teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook. These, in turn, are made up of thirteen metrics.

The pillars are blended in the following proportions: teaching 30%, research 30%, citations 30%, international outlook 7.5%, industry income 2.5%.

UCL's strongest pillar was research, where it ranked in the first decile (9th in the world). The university also saw significant gains in citations and teaching. In the UK, UCL's overall ranking places it in 4th place out of 78 institutions. 

Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice-Provost (International), said: "We welcome our rise in this key international table, which follows a rise in another recent table, the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Of course,  no single ranking can ever fully reflect our distinctive strengths, but we do follow them with interest and know that they are influential in terms of the study destination choices that students make. So it's really pleasing that, looking across a number of recent league tables, there is a consistent pattern showing UCL in the top 15 universities in the world. "

Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, said: "The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university's key missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For UCL to make 14 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated."

The 2015-16 World University Rankings will be accompanied by six subject-specific tables which will outline the top 100 universities in the world in the fields of arts and humanities; clinical, pre-clinical and health; engineering and technology; life sciences; physical sciences; and social sciences. These will be released online and in Times Higher Education magazine on a weekly basis from 14 October to 18 November.