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Exeter’s top ten status confirmed

The University of Exeter has climbed up all of the major higher education league tables this year, gaining a place in the top ten of the ‘Table of tables’.

Published by Times Higher Education, the ‘table of tables’ draws together data from the three biggest league tables: The Times, Guardian and Complete University Guide.

Now in its fourth year, it provides a snapshot of the UK’s higher education sector.

Described by Times Higher Education as “one of the big winners”, the University of Exeter was ranked 10th out of 116 institutions in The Times Good University Guide this year. It also rose to 11th place in the Guardian’s league table and is now recognised as being among the top one per cent of universities in the world.

University of Exeter Registrar and Deputy Chief Executive David Allen said: “This result confirms our status as a top ten university. As our £270 million investment in infrastructure and facilities nears completion and we expand our world-class research by recruiting new teaching staff and academics, it is extremely pleasing to see our reputation keeping pace with our growth.

“I would like to thank our excellent staff and students for all they have done to help the University of Exeter achieve its top ten status.”

Times Higher Education also reports that the University of Exeter is one of the universities most admired for its leadership and innovation in response to changes. The PA Consulting Group’s survey asked vice-chancellors to nominate an institution they most admired for its leadership. Exeter received the second highest number of nominations.

A piece in the Financial Times this week also described the University as being one of the UK’s best: “England is blessed in having more than its fair share of excellent universities. The roll call is long, including not just Oxford and Cambridge but a host of others such as Imperial College, Exeter and Durham. These are some of Europe’s premier universities and the UK’s most important economic assets, pumping out invaluable research.”

Date: 8 July 2011

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