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Exeter subjects rise in influential global rankings

Exeter subjects rise in influential global rankings

The University of Exeter has strengthened its position amongst the leading universities both nationally and internationally, according to the latest influential global rankings.

Both science and humanities subjects have seen a sharp rise in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018, released today (Wednesday, May 16).

Exeter has also retained its overall position as 35th internationally and 9th in Europe in the rankings. The University is also solidly in the top 10 nationally, ranked 6thamongst UK universities.

The highest ranked subject for Exeter is Biomedical and Health sciences, which rose seven places to 28th, followed by Life and Earth Sciences (33rd), Social Sciences and Humanities (36th) and Physical Sciences and Engineering (118th).

Maths and Computer Sciences saw the largest rise in the rankings, moving 81 places to 217th overall.

The rankings, which are based on Web of Science indexed publications from the period 2013-2016, provide a measurement of the scientific impact and performance of almost 1,000 major universities worldwide and their involvement in scientific collaboration.

Positioning within the rankings is based on the number of citations quoted in highly respected and influential journals. Exeter’s rankings are based on the percentage of publications ranked in the top 10% most cited, indicating that the University’s high quality research has been referenced by other academics in major journals.

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter said: “I am delighted that Exeter has not only retained its overall position in the Leiden Rankings, but performed so strongly across its subjects as well. These rankings offer an interesting insight into just how often Exeter’s research is referenced by other academics worldwide, and demonstrated the high-quality work that is conducted by our outstanding academic community.”

Date: 16 May 2018

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