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Southampton celebrates its world-class credentials

Published: 
8 November 2007

The University of Southampton has been ranked one of the top 80 universities in the world.

One of only 19 UK universities to make the top 100 of the World University rankings published today in the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES), Southampton has risen 61 places in the table, from 141st last year to joint 80th position this year.

The rankings are based on criteria which cover peer review, research quality, graduate employability, teaching quality, international outlook, and attractiveness to staff and students.

University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bill Wakeham, commented: "It is very satisfying that Southampton's international reputation for excellence in research and teaching has been so well recognised in this year's world rankings. We know that Southampton is one of the best universities in the world and it is very pleasing to see this confirmed in this latest assessment."

Notes for editors

The University of Southampton is a leading UK teaching and research institution with a global reputation for leading-edge research and scholarship. It is one of the UK's top 10 research universities, offering first-rate opportunities and facilities for study and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities, health, science and engineering. The University has around 20,000 students and over 5000 staff. Its annual turnover is in the region of £310 million.

The University is one of the country's top institutions for engineering, computer science and medicine, and has a strong enterprise agenda. It is home to a range of world-leading research centres, including the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton, the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, the Optoelectronics Research Centre, the Centre for the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies.

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