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University of London Member Institutions excel in world-leading research quality rankings


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The University of London congratulates all of its member institutions following the announcement of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) outcomes.

The REF highlights the success of the diverse University of London member institutions across the many fields of research, encompassing science and healthcare through to business and the arts and humanities.

In the field of music and the performing arts, University of London member institutions fill the top five spaces in the Times Higher Education (THE) subject rankings, with Queen Mary, University of London top, Royal Holloway second and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, King’s College London and SOAS featuring in the top five. In the field of agriculture, food and veterinary sciences, the Royal Veterinary College was ranked first place in the THE’s research power index.

Five University of London member institutions made the top 10 overall according to the Times Higher Education’s analysis, with their strength and importance to the field of research spanning a range of disciplines. Congratulations to the Institute of Cancer Research, the London School of Economics & Political Science, University College London, King’s College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Jo Fox, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Public Engagement), University of London said:

The REF highlights the strength of London’s diverse research landscape.  This provides a strong basis for University of London’s member institutions, both large and small, to continue to excel in the world-leading research they carry out on a daily basis.

Professor Wendy Thomson CBE, University of London Vice-Chancellor, commented:

It’s wonderful to see such incredible achievements and our research impact across a wide range of institutions in London’s varied, exciting and diverse federal universities.