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  • 8 November 2007

Sussex research packs a punch in university rankings

Latest international university league tables place Sussex fifth in the UK for the impact of its research.

The THES-QS World University Rankings 2007, published in the Times Higher Education Supplement today (Friday 9 November) also lists Sussex among the top 150 universities in the world and in the top 50 institutions in Europe.

University of Sussex Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Farthing says: "I am delighted that the strength of the University continues to be recognised in these international tables. I am determined that we should continue to strengthen our position further, and to establish ourselves firmly in the top 100 in future years."

The University is placed joint 5th in the UK alongside Bristol for the impact of its research, surpassed only by Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and Imperial. The ranking is based on the number of times published research papers are cited by academic colleagues around the world.

The University also scored highly for attracting international students and staff to Sussex (equal 34th and 56th in the world respectively).

The THES-QS placing follows on from latest data confirming the strong impact of Sussex's research. The University was placed seventh in a top-ten table, published in the Guardian, ranking UK institutions according to the impact and influence of their research over the period 2002 to 2006.

Professor Bob Allison, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), says: "Research at Sussex has an impact well ahead of our size. The fact that others cite Sussex research in their own publications is testimony to the reach and impact of what we are doing. Our ambitious research development plans can build on this excellent record."

Notes for editors

  • The THES-QS World University Rankings, featuring the top 200 institutions in the world, published on Thursday 8 November, 2007 in the Times Higher Education Supplement. See:
  • Statistics provided by UK firm Evidence and published by the Guardian (Education, Tuesday 30 October) placed the University seventh in a top-ten table of UK institutions with the highest number of citations (published references) for academic papers. The number of citations is viewed as an indicator of the impact and influence of an institution's research. The information was drawn from data supplied by Thomson Scientific, an authoritative U.S.-based company that monitors published research papers and how much they are cited by academic peers. The data covers the period 2002-2006 and encompasses research in both science and humanities subjects.


  • For further information about research at Sussex, see: research


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