STAFF and students at the University of Worcester are celebrating after it named number one in the UK and 26th globally for Quality Education, according to the globally respected Times Higher Education, whose new rankings were published this week.
Worcester has also been crowned number one in the UK and joint 4th globally, for gender equality in the rankings.
Worcester’s top position was officially revealed when the Times Higher Education (THE) published its new rankings on the contribution made by universities around the world to achieving the internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goals, which the United Nations adopted in 2016.
Over 500 universities from 80 countries were meticulously and independently assessed by the THE and Worcester was ranked 33rd overall.
Factors assessed include: promoting good health and wellbeing; quality education; gender equality and economic growth; reducing inequalities; building sustainable cities and communities; and achieving responsible consumption and production.
Worcester was ranked 17th globally for Responsible Consumption and Production and is in the top 40 globally for Sustainable Cities and Communities, Decent Work and Economic Growth, as well as for Reduced Inequalities and Climate Action.
Professor David Green CBE, the University’s Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to learn that our work is so highly valued across so many categories. The University of Worcester has long been committed to combining a highly inclusive approach with educational excellence. So we are particularly delighted to be ranked number one in the UK and 26th globally for Quality Education, and number one in the UK and joint 4th globally for Gender Equality.”
Professor Green continued: “An important aspect of the University’s culture, expressed in successive strategic plans, has been to be responsible citizens of our precious planet and therefore to seek to be the change we want to become. I am very proud of the way our staff and students continually strive to work in partnership with others to advance educational and social benefit.”
“We have long promoted efficient energy use by a succession of projects; including installing low energy lighting throughout the University; efficient building design, installing solar hot water in halls of residence, and working on multiple behaviour change projects with staff and students in terms of recycling, sustainable transport, energy efficiency and even the promotion of ‘grow your own’ as well as encouraging walking, wheeling and cycling.. This work has led to us being awarded First Class Honours in the Universities and Colleges’ Green League each year for more than a decade as well as winning numerous awards for environmental sustainability.
“We are very strongly supportive of the United Nations and the globally agreed Sustainable Development Goals. Global warming is a reality. We need to act together now to avoid a climate disaster. We are deeply committed to playing a positive part in the great global movement which has seen the UN adopt these ambitious, most positive goals for the people of the planet.”
Universities from 80 countries are represented in the rankings, including in Japan, USA and Russia.
Visit www.timeshighereducation.com/rankings/impact/2019 for more.