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2 September 2020

UCL has reaffirmed its position as one of the world’s top research institutes in a series of recent world rankings.

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In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021, published today, UCL is ranked 16th in the world. The Shanghai-ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) 2021 league table also ranks UCL as 16th.

The Times Higher Education rankings reaffirms UCL’s Research performance (scoring 89.4 out of 100), Citations (scoring 96.2 out of 100) and International outlook (scoring 96.5 out of 100).

UCL also retains its rank as 7th in the world for the second year running as indicated by Web of Science’s Essential Science Indicators (ESI) citations data.

Moreover, UCL’s research activity – a primary means through which we generate public benefit – continues to grow. In 2019-20 UCL had its most successful year ever for new research awards, with £520 million in new grants won. Between April 1 2019 and March 31 2020 UCL received the most UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding of any higher education institution for the second year in a row, securing 198 research and innovation grants and fellowships at a value of more than £138 million.

Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research), said: “UCL is London’s research powerhouse, with a commitment to enhancing the lives of people in the capital, the UK and around the world – particularly at this challenging time for the world. While league tables must be treated with caution, we are delighted to see that our university is consistently placed among the world’s best. This is testament to the talent and dedication of UCL researchers and all those who support them.”