Succcess in Times Higher Education rankings sees UEA rise to five-year high

2 September 2021

The reach of University of East Anglia’s (UEA’s) research around the world was ranked in the global top 50, as part of an international rankings table that saw UEA climb to its highest position in five years.

The University cemented its place in the global top 200 of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, released today (Thursday 2 September), with a rise of 18 places to 182nd in the overall standings, its highest place since the 2017 edition.

The THE World University Rankings is one of the most respected global rankings tables and a key indicator for international students when it comes to selecting a university.

The scores are largely based on three main pillars – teaching, research and citations – and it was the citations pillar where UEA achieved particularly strong results, with a rise to 41st in the world from 48th last year, its highest ever rank in this area.

THE’s citations metric is based on the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally, with the results taken from over 13 million journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings, books and book chapters published over the last five years.

This gives a measure of how much a particular university’s research has stood out, been picked up and built on by other scholars and been shared globally to enhance societal knowledge and understanding.

UEA’s position of 41st for citations put them 6th out of all UK universities, making them one of the nation’s most prominently cited institutions worldwide.

There was widespread improvement in UEA’s performance, with a rise in the rank for teaching – largely based on an institution’s reputation in terms of teaching, research and developing students academically – and research, which looks at a university’s research reputation among academics.

UEA Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: “It is wonderful to see confirmation that UEA’s reputation as a research intensive university is growing on the world stage and putting us at the top table in the UK.

“We have a huge number of academics performing important research across a variety of subject matters, and the breadth and magnitude of this work is evident from these results. It’s really pleasing to know that UEA is helping to forge new discoveries and impart knowledge across the world, something we will be looking to continue over the coming years.”