Five Aberystwyth subjects listed amongst world elite

Five academic subjects at Aberystwyth University feature among the world’s elite according to the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject which are published today, one more than in 2014.
Environmental Science is a new entry, appearing in the top 300 for the first time.
Geography retains its position in the top 150 worldwide.
Politics (Politics and International Studies from 2015) climbs into the top 150 for the first time.
Agriculture and Forestry retains its position amongst the top 150 worldwide.
English Language and Literature retains its status amongst the 300 worldwide.
Now in its fourth edition, the QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluated 3,467 universities and ranked 971 institutions.
Over 82 million citations attributions were analysed and the provision of 13,132 programs were verified.
Four criteria were applied when compiling the listings:
Academic Reputation is based on a global survey of 63,700 academics worldwide who were asked where they believe the best work is taking place in their own field of expertise.
Employer Reputation is based on global survey of 28,800 graduate employers who are asked which institutions produce the best graduates.
Citations per Faculty and H-Index, which aims to measure the productivity and impact of scholars’ works by looking at the most cited papers and the number of citations received in other publications.
Professor John Grattan, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and International said: “This is excellent news and reflects the high esteem in which academic work at Aberystwyth University is held by academics around the world. It’s also further evidence of the advances made in the quality of work produced at Aberystwyth, and echoes the outcome of the 2014 Research Exercise Framework which showed that 95% of the research activity submitted by Aberystwyth University was of an internationally recognised standard or higher.
“The relatively high percentage of eligible staff (76%) returned for REF2014 places Aberystwyth University firmly within the top 50 in the UK for research impact. This means students who choose to study here are far more likely to be taught by academics involved in internationally recognised research than might be the case in many other universities.”
Further information about QS World Rankings is available online at

Aberystwyth University
Established in 1872, Aberystwyth is a leading teaching and research university and was awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 2009. It is 35th in the UK for ‘Research Quality’ (Sunday Times University Guide 2015) and won the award for Outstanding Contribution to Innovation and Technology at the Times Higher Education Awards 2013. The University is a community of 12,000 students and 2,300 staff and is about creating opportunities, research with excellence that makes an impact, teaching that inspires, engaging the world, working in partnership and investing in our future. Registered charity No 1145141.


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