University joins elite list for first time

3 November 2016

UCLan named in the Best Global Universities Rankings 2017

The University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) increasing global reputation has been boosted again after it was named in the Best Global Universities Rankings 2017 for the first time in its history.

UCLan been recognised among the world's top 1,000 universities in the table, which was published by the American media organisation US News & World Report. UCLan is the 64th highest ranking UK institution and is 908th overall.

This is the first time the University has appeared in the prestigious league table, which ranks institutions from more than 60 countries based on 12 indicators that assess their academic research performance and their global and national reputations.

UCLan scored highly in the ‘Books’ category, for the number of books produced by academics, and the ‘Normalised Citation Impact’ section, which is measured by the total number of citations per academic paper. The quality of research produced from ‘Space Science’ courses, i.e astronomy and astrophysics was highlighted at number 164 in the rankings table.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas said: “It’s positive news that we’ve broken into this list for the first time in our history. It’s a great achievement to be named among the world’s top higher education institutions and one we’re very proud of. This year we have featured in four major global world rankings and this is very encouraging for us. It shows the strides the University community is taking are being recognised across the world.”

This success follows on from recent excellent success in the THE World University Rankings, QS World Rankings and the Centre for World University Rankings when it was estimated to be in the 3.7% of all worldwide universities.