Oxford Brookes rises in world rankings

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

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Oxford Brookes climbed higher up the list of the top 400 universities in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings 2015/16 released last week (15 September).

First published in 2004, the aim of the rankings is to help students make informed comparisons of leading universities around the world. Based on six performance indicators, the rankings are designed to assess universities in four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

Oxford Brookes has risen 55 places, moving from 379th in 2014 to 324th this year.

This steep upward trajectory is a testament to the hard work of academic and support staff from across the University.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice Chancellor

In the last three years the University has risen 77 places bringing it into the top 400 universities in the world.

Vice Chancellor Professor Alistair Fitt said: “It’s very heartening to see us rising so rapidly in these world rankings. Of course there can be limitations with league tables, but they are undoubtedly influential and widely read. This steep upward trajectory is a testament to the hard work of academic and support staff from across the University."

Teaching is one of the assessment areas for these rankings, and similarly in this year’s Times Good University Guide 2016 they have made teaching quality a key issue.

Published over the weekend (20 September) the guide saw Oxford Brookes ranked in the top 25 of universities nationally for student satisfaction with the quality of teaching and in the top 35 for quality of the wider student experience.

Much of this is due to the University’s good performance in last month’s National Student Survey (NSS) results which showed that student satisfaction at Oxford Brookes has increased for the fourth year in a row.

The results saw the University move in to the top quartile of higher education institutions in England with its highest ever score; an impressive 90 per cent of Oxford Brookes students agreed with the NSS statement ‘Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course’.

This represents a one per cent increase on last year’s results and sees the University ranked as 17th amongst 126 higher education institutions in England.

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