Lancaster University is placed on top of the world

EXCITING : Prof Mark E Smith
EXCITING : Prof Mark E Smith
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Lancaster University is officially one of the best institutions of its kind in the world... again.

The university is the only UK university in the TES 100 under 50 world rankings - and the highest placed British university in the table, climbing from 14th to 10th.

The concentration of “plate-glass universities” established in the UK in the early 1960s has led to a steep decline in the country’s representation on the 100 Under 50 this year. It now has 14 institutions, compared with 18 last year and 20 in 2012. The highest placed is Lancaster University, which climbs from 14th to 10th

Lancaster’s vice-chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith said the success was a great result as the university celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.

He added: “Lancaster is a dynamic, young and forward looking university which has seen incredible success in just 50 years.

“Lancaster has confirmed its place among the world’s elite institutions with its consistent high placing in all major league tables.”

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, said: “The academy’s traditional, ancient elite should be warned – many of the exciting young universities on this forward-looking list do not see their youth as a disadvantage in the global knowledge economy.

“While they may not have had centuries to accumulate wealth and cannot draw on generations of alumni and rich traditions of scholarship to drive their reputations, they are free from the burdens of history: free to be more agile, lean, flexible and risk-taking, giving them an advantage in a rapidly changing global marketplace; free to offer innovative teaching and focus their research on niche, high-impact areas.”

The THE 100 Under 50 2014 uses the same comprehensive list of 13 performance indicators that underpin the prestigious THE World University Rankings, but employs a specially re calibrated methodology (developed in consultation with experts) to better capture the characteristics of young institutions.

For the third year running the table is headed by South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech), while its national rival, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), holds on to the third spot it gained last year.

The top 10 includes entrants from eight countries. Other UK universities include Warwick (12), Essex (22), Brunel (29) and Bath (joint 34).

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