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Durham University has risen more than 30 places to 61st in the QS World University Rankings.


Durham University has risen more than 30 places to 61st in the QS World University Rankings, its highest ever overall position in the influential league table of leading universities.

Durham’s research influence among the global academic community saw it ranked 54th in the world for citations – a key element of the rankings, measuring how often other researchers make reference to the University’s research work.

The University’s new position in the rankings, from 92nd last year, reflects a fairer emphasis on research citations across the broad subject areas.

Arts and Humanities at Durham was ranked 44th in world, while Natural Sciences (joint 57th) and Social Sciences and Management (joint 86th) also featured in the world top 100.

Durham’s reputation among the world’s leading employers for the quality of, and international demand for, its graduates also remained strong with the University ranked 31st globally in the category of Employer Reputation.

The University’s 61st position marks its highest overall international ranking to date since establishing itself in the World Top 100 in 2010.

Durham University Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge said: “Durham is a broad-based University, strong across three faculties; the sciences, social sciences and health, and the arts and humanities.

“Our new league table position reflects the fact that Durham deserves to be ranked so highly and is a credit to everyone at the University in helping us to achieve this outstanding result.

“I am particularly proud and pleased that we have scored highly in terms of citations, demonstrating the impact and influence of our research amongst the global academic community.

“I’m also delighted that once again the world-class experience we offer to students has been recognised by leading employers who value the quality and strength of our graduates, ranking us among the best in the world for employer reputation.”

Durham is also one of the world’s top 100 universities according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Review rankings 2015. The University is consistently ranked as one of the UK’s leading universities and earlier this year was ranked fifth in the 2016 Complete University Guide.

The QS World University Rankings list the world’s leading universities according to a number of different categories: academic reputation; employer reputation; the ratio of academic staff to students; citations per faculty; and the ratios of international staff and students.

For more information on the QS World University Rankings 2015-2016 visit (please note that this link will not be updated until 00:01 GMT on Tuesday, September 15, 2015).