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The University of Exeter has entered the world top 30 for Biomedical and Health Sciences

Medical research at Exeter hits world top 30

The University of Exeter has entered the world top 30 for Biomedical and Health Sciences, according to an influential international ranking of the research quality of thousands of universities worldwide.

The subject climbed seven places to 28th in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2018, released today. It makes it the highest ranked subject at Exeter.

Overall, the University has also retained its position as 35th internationally and 9th in Europe in the rankings. The University is also solidly in the top 10 nationally, ranked 6th.

Professor Angela Shore, Vice Dean Research at the University of Exeter Medical School, said: “It’s fantastic to see our research in Biomedical and Health Sciences go from strength to strength on a global stage. We pride ourselves in research that makes a meaningful difference to people across the world, and this ranking is testimony to our outstanding academics. We’re a growing medical school, and I have every faith that our position will continue to rise as we recruit talent of the same calibre.”

The rankings, which are based on Web of Science indexed publications from the period 2013-2016, provide a measurement of the scientific impact and performance of almost 1,000 major universities worldwide and their involvement in scientific collaboration.

Positioning within the rankings is based on the number of citations quoted in highly respected and influential journals. Exeter’s rankings are based on the percentage of publications ranked in the top 10% most cited, indicating that the University’s high quality research has been referenced by other academics in major journals.

Professor Sir Steve Smith, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Exeter said: “I am delighted that Exeter has not only retained its overall position in the Leiden Rankings, but performed so strongly across its subjects as well. These rankings offer an interesting insight into just how often Exeter’s research is referenced by other academics worldwide, and demonstrated the high-quality work that is conducted by our outstanding academic community.”

Date: 16 May 2018

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