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UCL climbs up world subject rankings

28 October 2020

UCL has continued to highlight its role as a world leading university following a rise in world university subject rankings.

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Published today by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, UCL has climbed places in seven out of the 11 disciplines, compared to the 2020 league table.

The largest improvements were seen in Physical Sciences, which jumped seven places from 33rd to 26th, as well as Law, which climbed from 14th to 8th place.

UCL now ranks in the top 45 in the world across all subject areas included in the rankings, with Arts and Humanities (5), Clinical and Health (9) and Law (8) all claiming top ten spots, and Psychology ranking 3rd overall worldwide.

The success comes just a few days after UCL was named as one of 18 “super-elite global stars” in a new analysis by THE’s data team, achieving both strong research influence and a high level of global prestige across all major subject areas. UCL is one of three UK “stars” identified, along with the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), said: “Whilst we recognise that every league table is different, each with its own strengths and flaws, to see UCL continue to improve across such a range of disciplines is hugely rewarding for all our staff, and is a testament to their brilliance and dedication, especially in these truly unprecedented and challenging times.

“UCL’s institutional commitment to solving global challenges and focus on cross-disciplinarity has meant that we continue to perform well across all subject areas. Our strength as a university is in our ability to bring these together to explore problems through from a holistic perspective, and we look forward to continuing to do so as we continue to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our research and teaching.”