Life Sciences and Computer Science make global top 100

The Core, Science Central Image: Geograph

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 has ranked Newcastle University in the top 100 for Life Sciences and Computer Science.

This is currently the world’s biggest international league table and has a globally acknowledged prestigious reputation. Their global university performance table uses 13 indicators to asses the world’s research-intensive universities on their core aims: teaching, research, transfer of knowledge and international outlook. The table includes 400 institutions and a variety of subjects.

Newcastle University has been ranked 92nd in the world for Life Sciences and 98th for Computer Science. It also places within the top 125 global institutions for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects.

“I am delighted that Newcastle University’s strengths in the life sciences have been recognised in this way”

Professor Robert Edwards, Head of Natural and Environmental Sciences

The Life Sciences sector includes medical subjects such as genetics, immunology and toxicology. Professor David Burn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, commented on the achievement:

“This top 100 position not only acknowledges our considerable strengths in many important areas, but also sends a powerful message out to prospective students globally, who will increasingly be attracted to our University by our reputation in Life Sciences.”

“Newcastle’s School of Computing has relocated to the newly constructed Science Central”

Other subjects in the Life Sciences category include fisheries, forestry and biochemistry. Head of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Professor Robert Edwards, said: “As Head of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, with its specialist degree programmes in agriculture, marine and terrestrial biology, I am delighted that Newcastle University’s strengths in the life sciences have been recognized in this way.”

Newcastle’s School of Computing has relocated to the newly constructed Science Central, a sustainable urban development in the city centre. Costing £58 million, the initiative aims to create a collaborative environment for science and technology organisations, businesses, and citizens.

On Computer Science’s top 100 ranking, Professor John Fitzgerald, head of the School of Computing, comments: “The School of Computing at Newcastle University is one of the longest established in the UK.”

“Our placing in the world’s top 100 reflects the importance we place on developing people’s skills and undertaking research that has a positive impact on the quality of our lives, businesses and society.”

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