University of Exeter places 143rd in global rankings

University of Exeter, Streatham Campus | Pierre Terre/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

The University of Exeter has placed 143rd in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, up 31 places from last year. The university has also ranked 19th in the UK league table, up five places.

Falmouth University is listed as a “reporter”, meaning that it provided data to THE but did not fulfil their criteria to receive a rank.

These rankings include over 1,600 universities across nearly 100 countries and territories and are based on 13 performance indicators across five areas—teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income. This year’s data shows that COVID-19 research has impacted universities’ rankings.

Exeter’s score has increased in each area from last year, receiving 57.8 overall. The university scored 33.9 for teaching, 39.3 for research, 93.5 for citations, 37.5 for industry income, and 91.6 for international outlook.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Lisa Roberts said: “I am delighted that the University of Exeter has secured a top 150 position in these latest global rankings. This is an exceptional result and has only been possible through the hard work and commitment shown by our whole community.

“To achieve such outstanding results across all five key areas, and improve our standing in each one, highlights Exeter’s position as a world-leading university for teaching, research and working with industry partners. I am extremely proud of what we all continue to achieve at Exeter and our role in creating a sustainable, healthy and socially just future for all.”

Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer at THE, said: “The THE World University Rankings 2022 consistently prove that the UK is home to one of the world’s very best higher education systems.” 

He added: “Although the UK has seen some good results this year, COVID-19 has provided new challenges to add to those related to the impact of Brexit.”

Earlier this year, the university ranked in the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time, placing 149th. Exeter has also retained its top 200 place in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.