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Queen's places in world's top 250, UU in top 150 young universities

The 2018 annual global ranking list of universities issued by the Times Higher Education (THE) has placed Queen's University in the world's top 250.

The rankings are considered the authoritative breakdown of where universities place internationally.

Institutions are scored on a range of criteria including teaching, research, citations, and income.

Based on these, Queen's scored its highest THE rating since the ranking's methodology was updated in 2015.

Universities inside the top 200 are given individual ranks, while those ranking below that number are banded in incremental groups.

Prior to 2015 Queen's sat outside of the top 250 for a number of years, before a ranking jump in 2016 with saw it enter the world's top 200.

The 2017 ranking, given last year in anticipation of the forthcoming academic year, saw Queen's place in the world's top 250.

Ulster University also had a strong year, maintaining its position as one of the world's top 150 young universities.

It ranked in the 501-600 bracket of the world's universities.

The top 20

The overall rankings saw the University of Oxford and Cambridge University occupy the top two spaces on the list, marking the first time the two positions had been taken by UK institutions in the table's 14 years.

A key factor behind the rise in fortunes of the UK's highest-ranked universities was an increase in funding, a large slice of which comes from the EU, and which has not been guaranteed post-Brexit.

Around a quarter of Cambridge's research funding from competitive grants come from the EU, while the proportion for Oxford is around a fifth.

The rest of the the top 20 is made up of 15 US universities, The UK's University College London and Imperial College London, and Switzerland's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich.

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