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University of Oxford hits the number one spot in world university rankings

16:36 22 September in Markets, Oxfordshire

The University of Oxford has become the first UK university to top the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, published 21st September.

In its proud 12-year history this is the first time a British university has placed first in the rankings putting five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, firmly into second place.

Further analysis of the rankings identifies that Oxford’s success can be attributed to improved performances across the four broad performance pillars underlying the methodology of the ranking; research (scoring 99.1), citations (99.2), international outlook (94.5) and teaching (89.6). Additionally, Oxford’s total and research income is rising faster than its staffing numbers with research being viewed as more influential. The University is also viewed as being far more successful in introducing international talent with more PhDs being awarded.

In the supporting press release, The University of Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, indicates achieving the top spot in the World University Rankings is their investment in and recruiting the right talented staff: “The best academics attract other top academics as well as smart early career academics. They attract the best students and the most competitive research funding, so it really is a virtuous circle. The key is “to take nothing for granted, to be constantly open to innovation and adaptation and to continue to invest.”

“Oxford today, for example, places far more emphasis on the sciences than it has done historically, as seen in our expansion of the Science Park at Begbroke and our new physics building.”

Paul Britton, Chief Executive of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce further added: “The University hitting the number one spot is phenomenal news.  The rankings are the industry benchmark and to attain the position as the ‘global leader’ through improved performance across all of the four main indicators is a really powerful statement. The investment plans for the expansion of the Science Park at Begbroke shows their leadership and commitment to the sciences and future economic growth of the area.  It provides further evidence that Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley are global investment nodes. Something really special is going on in Oxfordshire.”

Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Louise Richardson: “This wonderful news recognises the extraordinary talent and dedication of all who work and study at Oxford. We are delighted with this affirmation of our global success and will be working hard to maintain our position. Higher education is a real strength for the UK, reflected not just by Oxford’s first place, but also the very high rankings of many other leading UK institutions.”