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University of Leicester ranked in top world universities

The University of Leicester has been ranked among the elite universities of the world in a new survey of the world’s top 500 universities.

The study, carried out by China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University over a period of two years, places Leicester joint 102nd in the world and joint 32nd in Europe.

The only UK universities ahead of Leicester’s category were Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, UCL, Edinburgh, Bristol, Sheffield and Manchester, making Leicester equal 9th in the UK.

Factors taken into account were academic and research performance, specifically: 

  • highly cited researchers in 21 subject categories within life sciences, medicine, physical sciences, engineering and social sciences between 1981-1999 
  • the average number of articles published in Nature and Science between 2000-2002
  • Nobel laureates in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine and Economics between 1911-2002
  • Articles in Science Citation Index-expanded and Social Science Citation Index
  • Academic performance per faculty.

Within UK rankings, the University of Leicester retains a position among the foremost universities and leads the country for its total of taught postgraduates.

In 2003 Leicester achieved a top 20 ranking for the third successive year in the Financial Times league table, where it was placed 18th out of 98 institutions. The Medical School is top ranked in the UK by the Guardian.

The Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester, the only 5-star research rated Genetics department in the UK, was last year awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for pioneering research and its impact on society. 

This is the second time in a decade that the University of Leicester has won this prestigious prize, which was awarded to the world-renowned Department of Physics and Astronomy.

You can link to the rankings from the following site: 

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Last updated: 18 December 2003 11:47
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