By Rebecca Paddick, Editor, University Business
Oxford University has come top of the Times Higher Education world university rankings – a first for a UK university. It knocks California Institute of Technology, the top performer for the past five years, into second place.
The Times Higher tables rank universities worldwide on measures including teaching, research and international outlook – for example, numbers of overseas students and staff. The UK is second only to the US for the number of world-class universities featured in the top 800. Within the top 200, the UK has 32 representatives, just two shy of last year’s sum. Alongside Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London have also made the top 10.
Our institutions are not just planning to survive, they want to thrive in an ever-expanding and evolving HE sector
This is a much needed confidence boost for our UK institutions, after months of uncertainty following the EU referendum result, and recent criticism around further tuition fee rises. Despite Oxford taking the top spot, however, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Louise Richardson, hit out at lack of funding, tighter government regulations and Brexit as being potential threats to the future of the institution.
While the months ahead may appear a mystery, in this our Property issue, we’ve discovered that UK universities are going above and beyond to future-proof for future success. Our institutions are not just planning to survive, they want to thrive in an ever-expanding and evolving HE sector.
In this issue, we look at the ways in which UK institutions are staying competitive, and attracting and retaining students with their estates and facilities (p.410), through using specialist suppliers (p.27), and by following the latest digital trends on campus (p.69).