Students Staff

03 October 2013

Essex is in world top 100 for social sciences

Students in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

Essex students ranked their university experience second in the UK in the latest National Student Survey

The University of Essex has been ranked in the world top 100 for social sciences in the Times Higher Education World Rankings, published this week.

The University also maintains its position in the top 300 universities in the world, representing the top two per cent of institutions.

The rankings, powered by Thomson Reuters, show Essex as 91st for social sciences and in the 251st to 275th band in the overall ranking.*

The University also scores well for its performance within the ‘international outlook’ category – which measures diversity on campus and to what degree academics collaborate with international colleagues on research projects - both signs of how global an institution is in its outlook.

Professor Todd Landman, Executive Dean (Social Sciences) said: “The University has always been renowned for research and teaching excellence in the social sciences with top departments in political science with its newly awarded Regius Professorship, sociology, and economics, as well as the Institute for Social and Economic Research and the UK Data Archive. The social sciences are a key research theme that we will be celebrating during our 50th anniversary year from September 2014 so it is extremely important to us to have been ranked so highly in the world for our expertise in this area.”

University of Essex Students’ Union President Becky Fisher added: “The Students’ Union works closely with the University to ensure that our members receive the best possible education whilst studying, and benefit from the supportive, inclusive culture – helping them to love it at Essex. It’s great to see the University once again being ranked so highly for its commitment to excellence in teaching and research.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This is the latest in a string of positive rankings for Essex which is currently second for overall student satisfaction in the UK according to the National Student Survey released at the end of August.

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.

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 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.

* Universities outside the top 200 are banded rather than individually placed.


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