photograph Newcastle University ranked among world’s best

Newcastle University has confirmed its place among the best in the world, with entries in two global league tables.

The University is ranked in the global top 200 universities in both the Times Higher Education (THE) and QS rankings. In addition, the Sunday Times table of UK universities puts Newcastle in its top 20.

The THE placed Newcastle 152nd equal overall and 56th equal in Europe. Fewer than 30 British universities appear in the table, with Oxford and Cambridge highest placed, at joint sixth. The THE claims its world rankings, published for the first time this year, on 16 September 2010, are the most rigorous and comprehensive yet produced.

Ann Mroz, editor of the THE, commented: “We would like to congratulate Newcastle University for its performance in this year's rigorous rankings. Being ranked 152 in the world top 200 is an impressive achievement. The top 200 universities in the world represent only a tiny fraction of world higher education and any institution that makes it into this table is truly world class.”

The THE formerly collaborated with a company called QS on the production of a global league table but the two parted company after a disagreement about methodology. QS are continuing to compile a global league table, independently of the THE, using similar methodology to previous years. The QS table for 2010, published a week ahead of the THE table, placed Newcastle University 140th, a rise of 18 places on the previous year.

The University also improved its position in the Sunday Times University Guide, published on 12 September, rising four places to 20th. In individual categories, Newcastle has performed especially well in terms of ‘numbers in graduate level jobs’ in which it is ranked 12th and ‘best for sport’, in which it is 11th.

The Sunday Times profile of the University says: ‘Newcastle is an appealing destination for students on a budget who also want to study at a university that this year returns to the elite top 20 and is highly regarded by employers.’

Speaking about the global rankings, Professor Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, commented: “Naturally we are very pleased with our position in the new THE tables which together with our recent similar performance in the QS International League table ranks us as a global top 200 University. However, we would point out that these latest league tables, like all others, have their limitations and there can be no single 'correct' way of ranking University performance or quality.”

published on: 22nd September 2010