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04 March 2021

Nursing at King's ranked second in the world for third year in a row

According to global higher education analysts QS in their latest World University Rankings by Subject.

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King’s continues to be home to the world’s second highest ranked nursing faculty, according to the 2021 instalment of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

The QS World University rankings by Subject, is an extensive overview of international higher education performance, with over 1300 universities from 85 locations ranked in 51 subject tables and five broad disciplinary areas. The data provides students, policymakers, academic administrators, faculty, and employers with insight into institutional performance. The methodology is comprised of and overall score and four key indicators: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations Per Paper and H-Index (the average productivity/impact per scholar).

While sustaining its position as number 2 in the world, nursing at King’s achieved the highest scores in the institution across four of the five metrics for Overall Score (94.4 out of 100), Academic Reputation (96 out of 100) Citations (97.1 out of 100) and H-Index (96.8 out of 100).

Despite the disruption caused by the ongoing pandemic, I am delighted that our Faculty has retained second place in the world in the latest QS World University rankings by Subject, continuing to succeed in our ambitions to be firmly located among the top three nursing schools in the world. Our staff have worked tirelessly over the last 12 months, not only to continue to educate the next generation of nurses and midwives, but to carry out research vital to our understanding of COVID-19 and how healthcare systems, practitioners and policy makers can respond. I am very proud of the collective efforts of our community and the positive difference we are making to the lives of those in receipt of nursing, midwifery, and palliative care services. I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to my predecessor over the last five years, Professor Ian Norman, under whose leadership these achievements have been made possible.

Professor Irene Higginson, Executive Dean of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Nursing at King’s is also ranked first in the UK and fifth in the world in the latest Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (2020).

You can find out more about the impact of our research and how we have been contributing to the pandemic response on our webpages.

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Irene Higginson

Executive Dean, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care