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University of Southampton ranked among the best in Europe for chemistry researchers

Published: 27 October 2010

Research in chemistry at the University of Southampton is among the best in Europe, according to a prestigious European ranking published today (27 October 2010).

Southampton is one of only 13 UK universities listed in the Centre for Higher Education Development's (CHE) Excellence Ranking of European graduate programmes in chemistry.

It is the second time the CHE has recognised Chemistry at Southampton as it was also awarded Excellence Group status in the inaugural CHE rankings in 2007.

Head of Chemistry, Professor Phil Gale, says: "I'm delighted that the high quality of chemistry at Southampton has been recognised again by the CHE. Our inclusion in the Excellence Group reflects the internationally-leading research and teaching in chemistry at the University of Southampton and the dedication of our academic and support staff and our students."

The CHE looks at eight criteria chosen to help students search for a suitable higher education institution for master or doctoral programmes in Europe. The categories include the number of publications, number of citations from other academics, number of authors, student opinions, research groups, accommodation and study fees.

The CHE Excellence Ranking 2010 comprises information from over 4,500 research groups in 19 countries, which interested future scientists can refer to in their search for a relevant programme. This year the rankings focused on natural sciences. Last year the rankings included psychology, and the University of Southampton was awarded excellence status for its research in this area.

Professor Stephen Hawkins, new Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Environmental Sciences at the University of Southampton, says: "The University of Southampton is proud that our research excellence has again been recognised internationally. We look forward to continuing to lead the research agenda in many subjects, both in the UK and overseas. Well done Chemistry! This is a great start for our new faculty."

Notes for editors

  • The non-profit Centre for Higher Education Development (CHE) is an independent organisation based in Gütersloh, Germany, committed to reforming the higher education system. Each year, it carries out the CHE-University Ranking of German universities and other universities abroad aimed at first-year university students. With the CHE Excellence Ranking, comparisons can be made of the best research universities in Europe for beginning master's or doctoral students


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