Durham named as Top 3 UK University in prestigious league table
(6 October 2011)
Durham University has been named in the Top 3 of UK universities, according to the prestigious Sunday Times University Guide 2012.
The all-round education experience offered by Durham's academic departments and colleges helped the University achieve its highest ever ranking in the guide (published Sunday September 11th).
Durham was ranked as the UK's third best University, an improvement of three places on last year. The guide uses a wide range of information including student satisfaction, teaching and research quality, entrance qualifications held by new students, degree results achieved, student/staff ratios, graduate unemployment levels and university drop-out rates.
More than four in five (82 per cent) of Durham graduates get a graduate-level job when they leave, with an average salary of more than £21,300, and along with Cambridge University, over 98 per cent of Durham students complete their course, the guide added.
The new guide comes after Durham recently cemented its place as a World Top 100 University in the 2011 QS World University League Rankings, which also placed the University in the World Top 15 for graduate employability.
Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor said: "This latest league table is recognition for the distinctive research-led and rounded education Durham University and its College system offers some of the most able and motivated students from the UK and around the world.
"It also recognises Durham's commitment to education and research which helps shape the world through sciences, social sciences and humanities.
"Durham is an ancient place of scholarship and yet is also one of the leading full-subject universities in the UK in the 21st Century.
"This, together with the latest world rankings, is testament to our philosophy. Our educational community, which is diverse and human in scale, produces global citizens who can make a significant contribution to tomorrow's society and economy."
Durham established as World Top 100 University in latest rankings
Durham University has further cemented its position as a leading global University, according to a new league table.
Durham was ranked 83rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2011-2012, a rise of two places on last year.
The University also featured in the World Top 50 for Social Sciences, Science and International Outlook, according to the rankings.
Professor Chris Higgins, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, said: "Our continuing rise in this world ranking and our standing as one of the UK's leading institutions is a credit to the strength of research, teaching and the all round experience offered by a Durham education.
"We are firmly established as one of the world's leading universities and this is reflected in the fact our research is internationally renowned and our graduates are among the most sought after by employers from across the globe."