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UCL ranked 15th worldwide by THE

22 September 2016

UCL has been ranked 15th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17.

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The rankings are based on key performance indicators gauging each university's teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.

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

UCL's strongest area was research, where it placed ninth. UCL remained the 4th-ranked university in the UK.

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President & Provost, said: "We welcome our ranking in the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which come just weeks after the QS World University Rankings placed UCL in the top ten globally. We know that no single ranking can ever fully reflect our - or any other university's - distinctive strengths, but we know that they are influential in terms of study choices that students make, so we are pleased that there is a consistent pattern showing UCL among the world leaders."

"We are in a new environment post-referendum, and we have consequently redoubled our commitment to global engagement and cross-border collaboration, which are so fundamental to the success these world rankings recognise. I hope the interest engendered by the rankings will support us as we reaffirm our willingness to work with, teach and learn from those from beyond these shores."

Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: "The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 13th 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 and by academics, university leaders and governments."

For the first time, the calculation of the rankings has been subject to an independent audit by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the first global university rankings to undergo such full, independent scrutiny.