Aberystwyth climbs rankings ahead of new academic year

ABERYSTWYTH University has risen 149 places in the QS World University Rankings published on Tuesday 15th September 2015. This marks a significant rise in the rankings moving from their place amongst the top in the 601-650 bracket in 2014 up into the 501-550 bracket for this year. The University is also now 52nd in the United Kingdom.

Elsewhere, in the Sunday Times’ Good University Guide, published fully on Sunday 20th September, the University has risen 14 places (the highest rise in the UK) – rising from 93 to 79. This puts Aberystwyth University among the 10 universities that climbed more than 10 places in this year’s Guide.

These impressive rises come following disappointment in this year’s Guardian University Guide, published back in May, which saw Aberystwyth drop four places to 110th.

Alex Tanton

Alex Tanton

Aberystwyth University also improved in key performance areas – such as: Academic and Employer Representations, this year Aberystwyth University also improved in the area of employability by 6%; Faculty to Student ratio indicator; and, International Faculty.

There was also an improvement in Citations per Faculty, which is the number of times Aberystwyth academics are referred to in publications by others, and comes on the back of Aberystwyth University’s result in the Research Excellence Framework at the end of last year.

In the areas Academic and Employer Representations, Faculty to Student ratio, and Citations per Faculty the University is ranked between 401-450th in the world. The categories of International Faculty and International Students now see Aberystwyth University in 229th and 271st place, respectively.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject, published earlier this year, also saw Aberystwyth perform impressively with five academic subjects featuring among the world’s best – which was again an improvement on 2014’s performance.

2014’s QS World University Rankings by Subject saw four of Aberystwyth’s academic subjects represented, Aberystwyth’s newcomer to 2015’s Rankings by Subject was Environmental Sciences which slid into the top 300. Politics, which is now Politics and International Studies, climbed into the top 150 for the first time. Geography and Agriculture and Forestry remained in the top 150, and English Literature and Language also remained among the top 300.

Swansea was another Welsh University that performed significantly better than previous years, rising up to 400th from their previous position in the 461-470 bracket in 2014.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology continues to lead the rankings, with the Harvard University and the University of Cambridge completing the top three.

Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and International welcomed the results commenting:

“For the second time this week we have seen the excellent work to improve the student experience here at Aberystwyth University reflected in our league table standings. Over the past 8 months we have seen the 2014 Research Excellence Framework establish the University firmly within the top 50 in the UK for research impact; and our overall employability rate has increased by 6 percentage points. This year’s National Student Survey showed that the University has made good progress in areas identified for improvement by students, and a significant investment has been made in learning and teaching quality and resources enhancement over the past three years. We firmly believe that the University, along with the town of Aberystwyth, offers one of the best student learning environments anywhere in the World and we look forward to building on these latest successes.”