King’s climbs university rankings for the sixth year running

King’s is now one of only seven UK universities to be ranked in the Top 50 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) league table, also known as the Shanghai Ranking. King’s has moved up five positions in the ranking since 2015, which was first published in 2003.

The Shanghai Ranking ranks the top 500 universities across the world, based on six key indicators:

  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (the Fields Medal is a prize awarded to mathematicians under 40 at the International Congress of the International Mathematical Union, a meeting that takes place every four years)
  • The number of Highly Cited Researchers
  • The number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science
  • The number of articles indexed in Science Citation and other Indices
  • Per capita performance

Out of these seven UK universities in the top 50, all are members of the Russell Group. The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, outstanding teaching and learning and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. Although 1200 universities are ranked, only the top 500 are published. We are delighted at this recognition of King’s academic excellence – but as always – our sights are set on moving higher in the years to come!