University rises in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University of Liverpool has risen two places in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2021, published today, from 165th to 163rd position.

THE has been providing trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, university academics, university leaders, governments and industry, since 2004. Their flagship analysis, the THE World University Rankings is the definitive list of the top universities globally.

The rankings assess universities on five different pillars – teaching (weighted 30%), research (30%), citations (30%), international outlook (7.5%) and industry income (2.5%). Some of these measures utilise data from a global survey of academics who are asked to identify 15 institutions globally, producing ‘the best teaching’ or ‘the best research’ in their subject area.

The University’s ranking has improved in three pillars –research, international outlook and citations. The most significant impact has been driven by an improvement in the Reputation Rankings for both teaching and research, derived from a survey of 10,000 global academics from a range of subject areas.

The improvement in this year’s ranking builds on the last year’s significant rise from 181st to 165th position in the THE World University Rankings 2020.

Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool said: “I am pleased to see the University continue to rise through the World University Rankings. Our improvements in research, citations and international outlook are in keeping with our Strategy 2026 vision of being a connected, global University at the forefront of knowledge leadership.”

The 2021 rankings, collates data from over 1,500 institutions worldwide. The full rankings, including methodology can be accessed via the THE website