St Andrews climbs 25 places in THE World Rankings

Thursday 1 October 2015


The University of St Andrews has climbed 25 places in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16.

St Andrews was ranked 86th in the list of 800 universities from 70 countries worldwide, its highest ever placing.

The 2015-16 THE World Rankings is based on data from 1126 institutions and 11.3 million academic papers, plus more than 11,000 academic survey responses and ranks universities by five broad indicators – Teaching, Research, International Outlook, Income from Industry and Citations.

For International Outlook, a measure of diversity on campus and the degree to which staff collaborate with international colleagues, St Andrews was ranked 34th in the world. The University also performed strongly in teaching (85th) and research (114th).

The result places St Andrews inside the top 0.5 per cent of the 20,000 universities known to exist in the world.

‌‌‌‌Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson said: “This is another very gratifying result for St Andrews. World rankings by their nature have tended to favour large institutions close to major population centres.

“For a relatively small university in a quiet corner of Scotland to establish itself among the top 0.5 per cent of universities in the world is a significant achievement.

“Our continuing improvement in the rankings is a testament to the talent of our staff and students and the extent to which all who work and study here are committed – more than ever – to the pursuit of excellence in research and teaching.”

Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, said: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For University of St Andrews to make 86 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.”

Earlier this month St Andrews was ranked 68th in the QS World Rankings 2015/2016, a rise of 20 places.

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