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QS World University Rankings name Kingston University a top global institution for economics, sociology and English language and literature

12 April 2017

Kingston University was named in the top 150 in Europe for economics, sociology, and English language and literature in the prestigious annual QS World University Rankings.

QS World University Rankings logoThe newly-released 2017 QS subject league tables ranked the University's economics offering in the 201–250 category globally, and the best 30 in the United Kingdom.

The University was also internationally-recognised for its sociology and English language and literature courses, which both featured in the 251–300 band internationally and the top 50 in the UK.

As well as the global recognition for individual course areas, there was further worldwide recognition for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in the broad subject area tables, with social sciences placed at 315 globally, and arts and humanities at 331.

Faculty Dean Professor Simon Morgan Wortham said the latest rankings success reflected the efforts that had gone into ensuring the research, scholarship and academic expertise across the Faculty were acknowledged both nationally and worldwide.

"This international recognition is built on our commitment to fostering the best academic talent, promoting a strong environment for cutting-edge enquiry, and actively pursuing strong and valuable international collaborations," he said.

"Together, these efforts significantly increase our global reputation and enhance the experience for both students and staff across the University."

Widely regarded as being one of the most authoritative international university league tables, the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017 covers a total of 46 disciplines highlighting the world's top-performing institutions in each academic area. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics, are used to compile the annual rankings.

In September, of the more than 20,000 universities worldwide around 3,800 were chosen by QS for further study and 900 made it to the final list for subsequent ranking. Kingston was rated the 52nd best university in the United Kingdom, and globally at 62 for international students and 213 for international faculty - measures which assess how successful a university is in attracting students and academics from other countries.

Employers also rated the University 284th worldwide, placing it in the top 10 per cent of institutions perceived to be producing the best graduates.

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