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Durham rises 31 places in world rankings

Durham University has risen to 61st in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16, its highest ever overall position in the influential league table of leading universities.

The University is ranked even higher than 61st in some categories – for example, it is 54th in the world for research citations.

Citations are a measure of global research influence - how often other researchers make reference to the research work done by the staff of Durham University.

The University’s new overall position in the rankings, up from 92nd last year, reflects a fairer emphasis on research citations across the broad subject areas.

Arts and Humanities at Durham is ranked 44th in world, while Natural Sciences (joint 57th) and Social Sciences and Management (joint 86th) also feature in the world top 100.

In the category of Employer Reputation, the University is ranked 31st in the world.

This category measures Durham’s reputation among the world’s leading employers for the quality of its graduates and international demand for them.

The University’s 61st position marks its highest overall international ranking since establishing itself in the World Top 100 in 2010.

The QS World University Rankings list the world’s leading universities according to a number of different categories: academic reputation; employer reputation; the ratio of academic staff to students; citations per faculty; and the ratios of international staff and students.

In the subject specific QS rankings, the number of Durham University subjects in the top 50 has more than doubled from three to seven, further cementing the University's place in this elite global league table.

Geography is ranked third in the world and Archaeology fifth, with Anthropology, Earth Sciences, English, History and Law also in the top 50.

In addition to the University’s success in the QS World University Rankings, Durham has also risen 13 places to 70th in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

The University is consistently ranked as one of the UK’s leading universities and earlier this year was ranked fifth in both the Good University Guide and 2016 Complete University Guide.

Durham University QS World University Rankings 2015-16

Durham University QS World University Rankings 2015-16

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Durham University Vice-Chancellor and Warden, Professor Stuart Corbridge, talks about the University’s rise to 61st place in the QS World University Rankings 2015-16.