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Take part in the QS World University Rankings

03 Feb 2015

Sign up today to make your views on the world’s top universities count

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While our University recognises the Shanghai Jiao Tong league table as the key measure of our international research standing, there are a number of other significant international league tables – the QS World University Rankings is one of these.

The QS gives significant weight to reputational surveys of employers and academics – so if you’re an academic member of staff you can register to take part in this process and make your views on other higher education institutions across the globe known.

While you’re not permitted to ‘vote’ for your own particular institution, it’s likely to be in the interests of UK universities – individually and collectively – for our academics to participate in the survey process and increase the weight of the UK ‘voice’ in influencing the comparative ranking of higher education institutions across the globe.

The QS Ranking methodology is based on three things:

  • Academic reputation – in 2014 62,000 academics took part. Once you’ve provided your name, contact details, job title and your institution, you’re asked to identify the countries, regions and faculty areas you’re most familiar with, and up to two narrower subject disciplines in which you consider yourself an expert. For each of the (up to five) faculty areas you identify, you’re asked to list up to ten domestic and 30 international institutions that you consider excellent for research in the given area. You’re not able to select your own institution.
  • Employer reputation - employers are asked to identify up to ten domestic and 30 international institutions they consider excellent for the recruitment of graduates. They are also asked to identify from which disciplines they prefer to recruit. 
  • Citations per paper – this is sourced from Scopus, a comprehensive research citations database.

If you’d like to take part in the QS survey, you can register at:

You can find the current QS rankings at: