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  • 4 February 2005
  • Sussex ranked among the world's best for arts and social sciences

    The University of Sussex is one of the leading institutions in the world for arts and social science research and teaching, according to major new rankings.


    In the Top 50 Arts and Humanities Universities table, compiled by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), Sussex is ranked sixth in the UK and 22nd internationally. Among the Top 100 Social Sciences Universities, Sussex is placed eighth in the UK and 48th in the world.


    The tables are derived from the THES World University Rankings, which were published in November 2004. Measurements used included staff-to-student ratios, overseas recruitment and the intellectual clout wielded by research publications. Sussex's overall position in the world rankings, assessed by a special college of 1,300 academics, was ninth in the UK, 17th in Europe and 58th internationally.


    Findings were provided for 200 universities spread across 27 countries. The United States and the UK dominate the rankings for both subject areas.


    Subjects taught in the School of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Sussex include anthropology, economics, geography, politics and international relations, sociology, development studies, gender studies, European studies and science policy research.


    Subjects taught in the School of Humanities include English, media and film, history, linguistics, music, philosophy, art history, American studies and modern languages. 


    The subjects of law, education and social work are taught at the Sussex Institute. 


    Harvard tops both discipline-specific tables, as it did the world rankings, followed closely by Oxford, Cambridge and other leading American institutions. Other top ten UK universities include SOAS, Edinburgh and the LSE, Manchester and UCL.



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