News archive 2005
King's rises in world rankings27 Oct 2005, PR 92/05
The Times Higher Education Supplement has produced its world rankings for the second year running. The core of the analysis is peer review.
In their table the College is ninth in terms of UK universities, 23rd in Europe and globally ranked joint 73rd: a rise of 23 places on last year.
The Higher claims that the tables have been refined to provide more detail this time and ‘offer a consistent and systematic look at the world's top universities in the context of the globalisation of higher education'.
Director of Communications, Chris Coe, said, ‘There are many concerns that we have about how league tables are compiled, concerns shared by a number of other universities. It is good news that King's has risen 23 places but there is every reason to expect that as these tables become more focussed and accurate, the College will be consistently ranked near the top.'
The Times Higher says that their world rankings strive to be current, rather than historic, and to find proxies for excellence in teaching and research. ‘An international outlook and a global reputation among academics, students and employers are all important aspects of a university that ranks among the world elite.'
The criteria used are: peer review score (40 per cent); recruiter review (10 per cent); international faculty score (5 per cent); international students score (5 per cent); faculty/student score (20 per cent) and citations/faculty score (20 per cent).
Notes to editors
King's College London
King's College London is one of the two oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with over 13,800 undergraduate students and nearly 5,700 postgraduates in nine schools of study. It is a member of the Russell Group: a coalition of the UK's major research-based universities. The College has had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level, and it has recently received an excellent result in its audit by the Quality Assurance Agency.
King's is in the top group of UK universities for research earnings, with income from grants and contracts of £100 million, and has an annual turnover of more than £348 million. In 2004 the College was once again awarded an AA- financial credit rating from Standard & Poor's.
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