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Latest 2015/16 QS University Global Rankings

Time for the latest QS World Rankings. There are a few surprise changes in the top 100. Don't get too excited though.
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Paul Greatrix is Registrar at The University of Nottingham, author and creator of Registrarism and a Contributing Editor of Wonkhe.

The latest QS world league table is out

Full details of the rankings can be found at the QS website. A summary of the world top 10 follows where we find MIT retaining the top spot for the fourth year in a row and some other minor shuffling in the top placings. The ranking also sees ETH Zurich in the top 10 for the first time.

The ranking uses six performance indicators to assess institutions’ “global reputation, research impact, staffing levels and international complexion”.

Global top ten

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Last year: 1)
2 Harvard (4)
3= Cambridge  (2)
3= Stanford (7)
5 Caltech (8)
6 University of Oxford (5)
7 University College London (5)
8 Imperial College (2)
9 ETH Zurich (12)
10 University of Chicago (11)

As in 2014 four out of the top 10 are from the UK which remains n impressive performance.

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Top UK universities

Although there is one departure with QMUL dropping out of the top 100 there is some fairly significant movement in the placings.

Some of these moves are at least partly due to changes in the way in which research citations are assessed this year which have tended to favour institutions with major social science and arts provision at the expense of those with more substantial life sciences offers. Hence there are big leaps for LSE, St Andrews, Durham and Warwick.

3= Cambridge (2)
6 University of Oxford (5)
7 University College London (5)
8 Imperial College (2)
19 King’s College London (16)
21 University of Edinburgh (17)
33 University of Manchester (30)
35 LSE (71)
37 University of Bristol (29)
48 University of Warwick (61)
61 Durham University (92)
62 University of Glasgow (55)
68 University of St Andrews (88)
70 University of Nottingham (77)
76 University of Birmingham (64)
80 University of Sheffield (69)
81 University of Southampton (94)
87 University of Leeds (97)

Plenty to chew on there for league table obsessives.

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