Students Staff

11 September 2013

Essex continues to be ranked in world elite

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The University of Essex continues to be ranked amongst the top two per cent of universities in the world according to the latest QS World University Rankings.

The rankings also highlight our internationally recognised strengths in the social sciences, management and the humanities.

Essex has an overall ranking of 338th and is ranked 132nd for Social Sciences and Management with Arts and Humanities ranked 202nd.

The QS World University Rankings also show Essex is one of the most international universities in the world. The University is ranked 45th for the proportion of international staff and 28th for the proportion of international students.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, released in May, ranked seven subjects at Essex in the top 200 world elite, with top 50 rankings for Sociology and Politics and International Studies. In Sociology, Essex has risen to 25th position from 44th last year, with Politics and International Studies rising to 48th. Linguistics was ranked in the top 150 and Economics and Accounting and Finance were in the top 200. Meanwhile, the University’s growing reputation in the humanities was reinforced by History’s rise into the top 150 with Philosophy also in the top 200.

The QS World University Rankings review information from 3,000 universities out of the 18,000 university-level institutions across the globe and evaluate 800 – making it one of the largest and most extensive exercises of its kind.

All universities were assessed for academic reputation, employer reputation, citations, student/staff ratios and their international outlook.

The University was also ranked in the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years of age according to the latest analysis by QS released in June, which reviews all universities established since 1963.

The excellence of the education and research delivered at Essex has also recently been highlighted by the university being shortlisted in the Outstanding Support for Students category of the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2013. Essex is also second for overall student satisfaction in the UK according to the results of the National Student Survey released at the end of August.

The Department of Government also won recognition from Her Majesty the Queen this year with the award of a prestigious Regius Professorship in Political Science, the only one of its kind in the UK. The award recognises that the Department has been at the forefront of research and education in political science for half a century.

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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