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Leicester is biggest climber among British universities in world top 200

University of Leicester climbs 27 places to its highest level in world ranking of universities

Issued on 09 September 2010

The University of Leicester has climbed to its highest ever ranking in a new table of the world’s leading universities.

Leicester climbed 27 places in the new QS World University Rankings released today (Wed Sept 8).

It is placed 169th out of over 10,000 universities, up from 196th position last year. This means Leicester ranks in the top 2% of the world’s universities.

The success follows Leicester’s highest ever ranking in The Guardian’s University league table –Leicester was placed 12th out of more than 100 institutions. Leicester has also been placed in the UK’s top 15 by The Times for three consecutive years.

Richard Taylor, Director of Marketing, said: "This new report confirms Leicester's position amongst the world's leading universities.

"This is good news for the University, the city and our region as we work together to share the benefits of our internationally-significant work." QS World University Rankings® measure university research quality, graduate employability, teaching commitment and international commitment. QS rankings use a combination of global surveys and audited data including citation counts from Scopus, the world’s largest database of academic publishing.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says: “Unlike other rankings systems which rely heavily on statistical indicators of university research, QS also takes into account the most up-to-date views of employers and academics, reflecting the broader interests of students and parents. QS rankings reflect the highly competitive environment of global higher education.”

Commenting on the success of UK universities, John O’ Leary, executive member of the QS Academic Advisory Board says: “UK universities have had an exceptionally good year, improving on their best-ever results. Not only does Cambridge top the ranking for the first time, but there are more UK institutions than ever before in the Top 100 and 200.”

Sowter continues: “Given the uncertain economic outlook, it is reassuring for students that the top 200 universities are also, by and large, the most popular universities with employers, suggesting that a world-class degree remains the best path to a great job.”

You can access the table here: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/world-university-rankings/2010/results

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