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University of Sussex fifth in UK in ranking of ‘Golden Age’ universities

The University of Sussex has been ranked fifth in the UK and 15th in the world in a new ranking of ‘Golden Age’ universities.

Climbing two places in the global table, Sussex is now equal to Exeter among UK universities.

The ranking, published by Times Higher Education, rates the 300-or-so universities founded during the so-called global Golden Age of higher education, between 50 and 80 years ago, when investment in research and university expansion was increasing rapidly.

Established in 1961, Sussex was the first new university in the UK following the second world war and forms part of a unique group of institutions that have strong academic and cultural identities but have not been around for hundreds of years.

The University’s move up the rankings this year is due to improvements in scores related to teaching and research citations (how often Sussex research is cited by academics elsewhere).

The THE’s Golden Age ranking is a subset of THE World University Ranking, in which Sussex is now 146th, up from 161st in 2019, and uses the same criteria for assessment (citations, staff/student ratio, reputation survey, international staff and student ratios).

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By: Neil Vowles
Last updated: Wednesday, 24 June 2020