Liverpool maintains strong position in world league tables


The University has maintained a strong position in the latest QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, both of which place Liverpool within the top 150 institutions globally.

The QS World University Rankings place the University 123rd in the world, a slight drop of two places from 2010.  This puts the University at 17th place in the Russell Group, which is a similar position to last year.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) ranks the University in the 102-150 group overall, and 12-15 in the UK. This is a similar position to previous years.

Compiled by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the annual publication ranks universities by six indicators, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly-cited researchers, articles published in Nature and Science, articles indexed in major citation indices, and the per captia academic performance of an institution.

Over 1,000 higher education institutions worldwide are measured, with the top 500 published.  Harvard remains the top ranked University for the ninth year in row, whilst the US dominance in the top 10 is broken by Cambridge (5th) and Oxford (10th). Liverpool is one of 37 institutions in the UK to make the top 500.

The QS rankings measure 600 institutions across the globe based on six key factors: academic reputation, employer reputation, student/staff ratio, citations per staff and the percentage of international staff and students.

The institution’s score for international staff remains the University’s best measure, with an overall rank of 72nd, placing Liverpool  8th in the Russell Group. There is an improvement in the measure for international students with the University climbing 20 places from last year, to 142nd position.

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