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University rises a place in QS world rankings

15 September 2015

Postgraduate students sitting on the steps

The University has continued to make progress in a prestigious international university league table.

The University has moved up a place to 122nd in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, securing its highest ranking since the 2010/11 guide.

Big improvements were made in certain key indicators such as employer reputation and numbers of international students.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan said: “While rankings will not divert us from our main purpose of research excellence and high-quality teaching, the University’s recent progress in the QS world rankings is pleasing and a reflection of everybody’s hard work.

“We must now build on this success if we’re to achieve our aim of securing a top 100 place by 2017.

“A major part of this progress will be the University’s continuing investment in world-class facilities, including our £300m innovation campus, to ensure we continue to attract the best staff and students to Cardiff.”

The University has made steady progress in the QS world rankings over the past few years. In 2012/13 the University was placed 143rd, before rising to 136th in 2013/14, then 123rd in 2014/15.

Besides employer reputation and numbers of international students, improvements were also made in academic reputation and faculty/student ratio.

These results build on the University’s excellent performance in the QS rankings by subject which were published in April.

The subject rankings showed that the University featured among the world’s elite institutions in 25 of 33 subjects.