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06
September
2016

Highest ever place for Manchester in world survey of universities

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The University of Manchester has achieved its highest ever position in one of the leading international university league tables.

Manchester came 29th in this year’s QS World University Rankings, rising four places to its highest ever ranking, dating back to 2012. The University is ranked 7th in the UK.

The QS World Rankings are based on more than 100,000 survey responses from leading employers and academics. It is in these categories that the University does particularly well, ranked 15th by employers and 31st by international reputation.

The survey also measures factors such as the number of international staff and students, and citations in leading journals.

The QS ranking follows the recently published ‘Academic Ranking of World Universities’, also known as the ‘Shanghai Jiao Tong’ league table, another of the highly respected measures of international quality. In August Manchester reached an all-time high in this table, coming in at 35th in the world and 5th in the UK.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester
This ranking, alongside the recent Shanghai rankings, shows that Manchester is on an upward trajectory. Our placing demonstrates the high esteem in which the University is held by academics all around the world and our high ranking among employers is testament to the calibre of our graduates
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said: “This ranking, alongside the recent Shanghai rankings, shows that Manchester is on an upward trajectory. Our placing demonstrates the high esteem in which the University is held by academics all around the world and our high ranking among employers is testament to the calibre of our graduates.”

The University of Manchester has 38,590 students and 10,400 staff, making it the country’s largest single-site university. It has 25 Nobel laureates among current and former staff and students and is also the place where the atom was first split and where the first stored programme computer was developed.

Research today is focussed on tackling some of the biggest questions facing the planet, including cancer, energy, advanced materials, global inequalities and industrial biotechnology.

The latest data for Manchester shows that 94% of its UK, full-time, first degree graduates were working or studying after six months, and that 82% were in graduate-level jobs and/or study.

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