Students Staff

11 June 2013

Essex named as one of the world’s top universities under 50

The University of Essex is in the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age according to the latest analysis by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds).

A strong academic reputation, feedback from employers, international outlook and research profile – linked to citations in leading journals - have all helped Essex rise four places to 39th in this year’s QS rankings, which review all universities established since 1963.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Jules Pretty said: “As we approach our 50th anniversary we are delighted to be recognised as one of the leading universities in the world for delivering excellence in research and excellence in education.

“These rankings show we are a truly global university with an exceptional reputation for the quality of our research and an incredibly international outlook thanks to our diverse student and academic community – with more than 130 nationalities represented.”

Zain Kukaswadia, Vice President Education and Deputy President of the Students’ Union, said: “The University of Essex is a relatively young institution with a great reputation; we have alumni doing great things all over the globe. This is reflected by the latest QS ranking.

“The Students’ Union at Essex has been a prominent body for students since the University was established in 1964 and has worked towards enhancing the student experience by providing a range of services from representation to sports and volunteering.

“It is worth mentioning our internationally diverse student body which brings a very unique culture to our campuses and our students are critical to everything we do here at Essex. The Students’ Union is proud to see the University of Essex at 39th position which is something great to celebrate as we are approaching our 50th anniversary next year.”

In May the QS World University Rankings by Subject showed Essex was a world leader in social science, with internationally-recognised strengths in the humanities.

Seven subjects at Essex were ranked in the top 200 world elite in the, with top 50 rankings for Sociology and Politics and International Studies.

In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) the University of Essex was ranked ninth nationally for the overall quality of research and this was reinforced by the last Sunday Times University Guide which also ranked Essex ninth overall for research.

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