Success in QS University World Rankings

We are delighted to announce that three areas from the College of Social Sciences have been ranked in the top 50 in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. This includes the School of Education which has risen to 25th place, Social Policy which was ranked 43rd in the world, and Development Studies, (incorporating research and education from the International Development Department) which was positioned 32nd in the world.


The rankings are based on employer reputation, academic reputation and research impact.

Professor Julie Allan, Head of School of Education commented:

“We are delighted that the School of Education has risen to 25th place in the QS World Rankings. This confirms the high quality of our research and teaching, and the recognition of this by employers and academics worldwide. It is a great tribute to the excellence and commitment of all our academic and professional services staff.”

Professor Jon Glasby, Head of the School of Social Policy commented:

“The mission of the School of Social Policy is ‘to understand the world, but also to change it’ and make a real difference to policy, practice and people’s lives. Our 2015-20 School strategy aims to raise our external profile, build our international relationships and to ensure that we’re recognised as one of the top five units of our kind in the UK by 2020.  I’m delighted that Social Policy has been ranked in the top 50 in the latest QS rankings- it’s a real testament to all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to make the School mission a reality.”

This year’s rankings covers 500 universities and 46 subject areas, in each of which universities are assessed. If the institution both offers the subject and produces a sufficient number of research papers it will be given a score.

The 2017 results draw on the opinions of more than 74,000 academics and 44,000 employers, alongside analysis of millions of research papers and research citations.

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