English has been recognised as being amongst the Top 50 in the world in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

English flies high in QS World University Rankings

League tables published on Wednesday 26 February show that the University of Exeter features in the world’s Top 200 institutions in 15 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Humanities at the University of Exeter has been ranked amongst the best in the world by an influential international league table.
English Language and Literature appear in the top 50 worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings - strengthening the department’s position as being among the very best of its kind worldwide. English joined the elite top 50 grouping for the first time ranking at 43, making it the third time in the last four years that English has improved its standing.

Professor Jane Spencer, Head of English welcomed the latest rankings. She said: “This news is a fantastic boost to all of us in English. We’ve made huge strides in the last three years as a result of the enormous efforts of a very strong group of academics and support staff on the Exeter and Cornwall campuses.

“The English team has been expanding its world-class research within a number of international partnerships, and we are passionate about bringing the benefits of work in the humanities to the widest possible community. We combine these endeavours with a constant dedication to improving our students’ experience, knowing that it’s when excellent research and a commitment to education go together that university life thrives.”

Other notable subjects in the College of Humanities which have progressed in the QS World University Rankings by Subject include Modern Languages rising into the top 150 for the first time, joining History.

Professor Nick Kaye, Dean of the College of Humanities, said that humanities subjects and English in particular have consistently made impressive progress in their global standing: “The rapid rise of our disciplines in the world university rankings is testament to the outstanding quality of the research and teaching of our academic staff. This international recognition will help create new opportunities for us as we continue to build our collaborations with leading universities across the world.”

3002 universities were evaluated for the third edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, and 689 institutions ranked in total. 130 million citation attributions were analysed and verified while 10639 programmes were researched.

The University of Exeter features in the world’s top 200 institutions in 15 of the 30 subjects featured in this year’s rankings.

Date: 26 February 2014

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