UoN drops in the World University Rankings

Published by Impact Magazine March 25, 2014.

The University of Nottingham (UoN) has fallen in the Times Higher Education World University rankings and is now placed 157th for the 2013-14 academic year.

Previously ranked 120th in the world with an overall score of 54.8 in 2012-2013, this years ranking saw the University’s overall score slip to 47.4.

UoN’s score also decreased with regards to research, from 50.8 in 2012-3 to 36.3 in 2013-4, and the scores for teaching also fell from 48.1 to 38.4.

UoN’s best rank was for Arts and Humanities, which was placed 68th in the world.

But the University did marginally improve in other areas with their score for International Outlook increasing from 70.1 to 70.3, and Industry and Income also slightly rising from 38.3 to 39.2.

In the new table, Oxford University is the only UK institution placed in the top 5 and is ranked 2nd.  The California Institute of Technology is ranked 1st, Harvard University is joint 2nd alongside Oxford, Stanford University is placed 4th and Massachusetts Institute of Technology 5th.

The rankings are determined by breaking down performance indicators into five key areas: teaching, research, citations or research influence, industry income and international outlook. In order to ensure comprehensive comparisons universities that do not teach undergraduate students are excluded from the rankings.

The University has a total income of £520 million and a total expenditure of £500 million.

The Times uses the same indicators to rank the universities by each subject. The 2013-14 table showed that UoN’s best rank was for Arts and Humanities, which was placed 68th in the world, with a score of 41.8.

The University was also ranked 74th in the world for Engineering and Technology (scoring 47.4), 77th for Social Sciences (scoring 48.3) and 98th in the world university rankings for Life Sciences (scoring 47.3).

As well as this, the report investigated the average salary for graduates upon leaving university revealing that UoN graduates exceeded the £19,598 average graduate salary of all UK universities, demonstrating that Nottingham students earn on average £21,037.

According to the Times, the University has a total income of £520 million and a total expenditure of £500 million.

*The full rankings can be viewed here.

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu

Image by Mattbuck, Wikimedia Commons

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