The University of Nottingham (UoN) has climbed 28 places in the Times World University Rankings 2015/16, up to 143 from last year’s spot at 171.

The Times World University rankings measure universities “across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and outlook”.

Each category takes into account numerous factors, with research, for example, looking at a university’s research reputation, income and productivity to determine a result.

Leading the rankings in 1st place is the California Institute of Technology, whilst Oxford and Cambridge make it into the top 5 alongside American institutions.

“I think it is fantastic that Nottingham has improved in the World Rankings by nearly 30 places”

Whilst Universities in the United States have long dominated these rankings, more European universities are climbing up the rankings to the top spots.

The University of Nottingham is an example of this, with their progression enabling the institution to now claim that they are in the top 20% for teaching and the top 20% for international outlook in 2016.

However, the University’s improvement is not only limited to these two areas but rather across all of the assessed criteria; rising in Industry Income, Research and Citations to provide the overall score.

“The rankings are arbitrary and the things that matter to me, such as location, are not included within the criteria”

Talking about the significance of this rise in position, Amy Wilcockson, a second year English student, told Impact: “I think it is fantastic Nottingham has improved in the World Rankings by nearly 30 places. It shows the world – and our rival universities – just how good a university we are”.

On the other hand, whilst the World University Rankings boast diverse assessment criteria, second year History student Connor Higgs claims that “the rankings are arbitrary and the things that matter to me, such as location, are not included within the criteria”.

Floss Binks, a second year Ancient History and Archaeology student, has a similar viewpoint, pointing out the fact that “every list of rankings you see gives a different order”.

Kayleigh Fletcher

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