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  • 28 October 2005
  • Sussex ranked again among world’s finest universities

    The University of Sussex has once again been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world.


    The Times Higher Education Supplement World University Rankings 2005, described by the publication as being "more robust and more reliable" this year, also lists Sussex among the elite UK institutions.


    The results placed Sussex 13th among UK universities, 36th in Europe and 100th in the world.


    A further breakdown of the tables into broad disciplines within universities also shows that Sussex is in the top 10 in the UK (ranked 8th) both for arts and humanities, and for social sciences.


    University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Alasdair Smith says: "Once again, these rankings show that the quality of our research and teaching is recognised worldwide and that Sussex  continues to be among the world's leading institutions"


    The rankings list 200 institutions worldwide and are based on the opinions of academic peers and global business and industry, international outlook and statistics relating to teaching and research excellence. The 200 universities featured in the rankings are drawn from 31 countries. Researchers canvassed 2,375 academics from across the world, asking them which universities they considered to be the best in their fields.


    Top of the rankings is  Harvard in the USA, while Cambridge (3rd) and Oxford (4th) are the highest

    in the UK. The UK provides 24 of the 200 ranked institutions.


    The THES World University Rankings editorial states: "An international outlook and a global reputation among academics, students and employers are all important aspects of a university that ranks among the world elite."



    Notes for editors 

    University of Sussex Press office contacts: Maggie Clune or Jacqui Bealing, tel: 01273 678209 or email or


    For more information on The Times Higher Education Supplements World University Rankings, see


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