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Durham University

Department of Geography

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Durham cements position as a world top 100 university

(13 March 2015)

The accolade reaffirms Durham University’s position as one of the world’s top universities - Durham is consistently ranked in the top 100 in two influential league tables, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings.

The latest rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only survey of academic opinion, featuring 10,500 respondents from 142 countries.

Respondents are all senior, published scholars, with nearly one fifth of respondents coming from the US, followed by around one tenth from China and Japan respectively.

The table ranks institutions according to an overall measure of their esteem that combines data on their reputation for research and for teaching.

Professor Ray Hudson, Acting Vice-Chancellor at Durham University said: “This ranking demonstrates that the quality of the research and teaching at Durham University continues to be recognised and respected globally.

“Our performance in this and other influential league tables reflects our commitment to achieving the highest levels of excellence in education and research.

“The survey is important as it targets experienced academics who offer their views on excellence in research and teaching within their disciplines and at institutions with which they are familiar.”

Professor Hudson added: “This result builds on our recent achievement in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), in which Durham University research was assessed as world-leading across the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

“Durham students benefit from academic learning with some of the world’s finest researchers as well as the opportunity to develop key skills that are highly valued by leading employers, such as leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.”