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Cuts risk UK universities’ international competitiveness in arts and humanities, new world ranking shows

 

·         -          QS World University Rankings® in six Arts and Humanities disciplines: good news for Oxbridge but bad news for million + and University Alliance

·         -          Over Twenty £9000/year UK universities fail to make top 200 in any subject

·         -          47 UK universities in top 200, behind US (83)

·         -     Strong Australian (20) and Canadian (23) presence in top 200

·         -          No UK university outside of Oxbridge making the top 20 in English literature

Institution

Philosophy

Modern Languages

Linguistics

History

Geography

English

University of Oxford

2

2

2

2

1

2

University of Cambridge

3

3

1

3

4

3

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

19

N/A

N/A

23

13

N/A

University of Edinburgh

22

26

7

27

24

22

UCL (University College London)

24

36

25

18

27

24

University of St Andrews

33

101-150

N/A

51-100

101-150

101-150

King's College London (KCL)

34

101-150

42

28

35

49

University of Warwick

39

41

51-100

35

44

39

University of Bristol

44

48

 

51-100

43

51-100

University of Manchester

46

51-100

48

32

28

43

University of York

101-150

48

51-100

51-100

101-150

51-100

University of Birmingham

51-100

51-100

34

51-100

51-100

51-100

University of Leeds

51-100

101-150

37

51-100

51-100

51-100

Lancaster University

101-150

151-200

43

 

51-100

51-100

Durham University

51-100

101-150

N/A

45

37

51-100

 

 

 

 

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Unsurprisingly, Oxford and Cambridge have been named among the strongest universities in the world in the new QS World University Rankings ® Arts and Humanities with Oxford topping the table for Geography, and Cambridge for Linguistics. However twenty other predominantly University Alliance and Million +UK institutions, which are set to charge the £9,000 maximum fee, did not make  the top 200 in any of the eight disciplines[1]

This unimpressive performance is likely to fuel concerns about the impact of cuts that will see arts and humanities departments lose their government teaching funding as of 2012.

In addition to confirming the £9000 fee for domestic and EU students, several UK institutions have announced plans to significantly increase their intake of international students to help offset the cuts.  HEFCE figures show that income from foreign students has almost doubled over the last ten years; but with the strong performance of US, Canadian and Australian universities in Arts and Humanities, UK institutions need to put international competitiveness at the top of their agenda in order to attract the international students they need.

“With the cuts and fee increases, Arts and Humanities departments will be relying more heavily on students for their funding” says John O’Leary, Editor of the Times Good University Guide and a member of the QS Academic Advisory Board. “This makes it all the more important that UK universities are viewed as internationally competitive. And with international fees already approaching those of the leading US institutions, this will also be key to their ability to continue to attract top international students.”

Universities are ranked based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations per paper. Different weightings are applied to individual subjects. Full results of the QS World University Rankings®: Arts and Humanities are available on www.topuniversities.com on 2nd June.

For more information and the embargoed results, contact:

Simona Bizzozero
+44 (0) 7880 620 856
simona@qs.com

Vickie Chiu
+44(0) 207 284 7292
vickie@qs.com

[1] This figure only includes those universities that offer at least one of the relevant disciplines and have announced plans to charge the £9,000 maximum

 

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Scopus Database from Elsevier

QS Rankings use citation data from Scopus which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Scopus is a trusted source of bibliometric data, also used by many other organisations including: the OECD, the Australian Research Council, iFQ (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung) and ISTEP (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy of Japan).

million +

million+, is the membership group of 27 UK universities incorporated post-1992 and university colleges. Many have long histories as colleges and subsequently polytechnics.

University Alliance

The University Alliance is a group of 23 British universities which focus mainly on business


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