"Our new position in this ranking reflects the continued hard work of our School community and builds on our existing reputation for excellent rates of graduate employment and our strong international outlook.
“Our leading research is also a key factor in this success. The School addresses problems of major social and economic importance - environmental sustainability, economic inequality and the role of the state in promoting economic growth, for example - and these attract major funding and have high impact.
"We will continue to listen to our students in the coming year and beyond to identify areas for further improvement.
"This is a fantastic achievement, and one of which the School and wider University can feel immensely proud."