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Royal Holloway ranked among world's top universities

Posted on 16/09/2010

Royal Holloway has been rated as one of the world’s premier research institutions.

Royal Holloway, University of London has achieved an impressive 88th place in the 2010-11 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Ranked 13th overall in the UK, the magazine's editor, Ann Mroz, described Royal Holloway as "truly world class".

The university is particularly highly rated for the wide-reaching impact of its research, ranking 3rd in the UK for citations, further cementing Royal Holloway’s status as one of the world’s premier research institutions.

Welcoming the news, Royal Holloway’s Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, said: “We are delighted with this result, which reflects the College’s significant achievements over recent years and is testament to the quality of our staff across the College that we were so highly rated.”

He added, “This is good news for our students who benefit from the delivery of programmes from staff who are leaders in their field and from a cultural diversity that broadens their horizons and helps develop their potential.”

Ann Mroz, editor of the Times Higher Education commented: “We would like to congratulate Royal Holloway for its performance in this year’s rigorous rankings. Being ranked 88 in the world top 200 is an impressive achievement. The top 200 universities in the world represent only a tiny fraction of world higher education and any institution that makes it into this table is truly world class.”

The magazine compiled its world university rankings using a sophisticated new methodology that constitutes the most detailed, rigorous and comprehensive study of global university performance ever undertaken.

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said: “It is particularly impressive that Royal Holloway has demonstrated its world-class performance against our new, more rigorous and more comprehensive criteria. As global higher education is becoming more competitive than ever, inclusion in this year’s ranking is an impressive achievement for any institution. These rankings are the gold standard for world-class research institutions.”

The new methodology, with data supplied by Thomson Reuters, gives more weight to hard measures of excellence in all three core elements of a university’s mission - research, teaching and knowledge transfer.  It is also the only global ranking system that includes a section dedicated to the teaching and learning environment - including the first-ever global survey of institutions’ teaching reputation.

Royal Holloway is a member of the 1994 Group of Research Intensive universities.  Professor Paul Wellings, Chair of the 1994 Group of leading research-intensive universities said: “Today is a day to celebrate the achievements of 1994 Group members who, for the first time, make up 10 of the top 200 universities in the world.  Changes to the THE methodology which now prioritise measures of quality over scale of activity have led to a radical redistribution among universities within the rankings.  It is right to recognise quality above scale. 

Visit www.rhul.ac.uk for more information about the university.

Visit http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings for more information about the rankings.




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