Eight nations are represented in the top 10 of THE 100 under 50 rankings for 2013, with York rising one place to seventh, reaffirming its international reputation for excellence in research, teaching, knowledge transfer and global outlook.
The University of York, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has managed to forge a powerful global reputation as a strong research-led university, performing well against the world’s elite heritage institutions. It also recently joined the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities.
THE 100 under 50 rankings, which were introduced last year, rely on the world’s largest academic reputation survey – involving 17,500 academics – and an analysis of 50 million citations. They use 13 separate performance indicators, covering all core missions of a modern global university – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
This year we are celebrating 50 years since our foundation in 1963.
Throughout the year we're reflecting on our history, the benefits we have brought to society and how we have changed our understanding of the world we live in.
Our research focuses increasingly on the challenges of the modern world and on a commitment to benefit society. The lives of many thousands of people are improved as a result of work done at York.
Recent highlights include:
- The discovery of the driving force behind prostate cancer by the Department of Biology's YCR Cancer Research Unit
- Work led by the Department of History of Art's Sarah Brown to restore and preserve York Minster's Great East Window
- A new enzyme, identified by researchers in the Centre for Novel Agricultural Products, that could prove an important step in the quest to turn waste into liquid fuel
Find out more on our research pages.
We are proud of our role in educating students, transforming their lives and inspiring them to make a difference in the world. From the University’s inception, teaching has been seen as equally important as research, and many of our world‑class research staff are involved in our degree programmes.
Our 30 academic departments and centres are spread evenly between the arts, social sciences, and science and technology, and score highly in surveys measuring student satisfaction.
The University is committed to investing in teaching and learning facilities such as the 3Sixty exhibition space, a unique environment in the Creative Technologies Centre to showcase innovative exhibitions and technology.
Staff and students of the highest calibre come to York from all corners of the world, building a global community on campus. York’s academic faculty is 40 per cent international, and 20 per cent of our student body comes from outside the UK.
- York is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and of the Santander Universities Network.
- Global partners include IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca, and world-leading researchers from universities such as Peking, Cornell, São Paulo, Sydney and Hong Kong.
- Every student has opportunities to study, work or volunteer abroad through our Global York programme.
- All first-year students are entitled to take a foreign language course free of charge.
Find out more on our International Relations pages.
Working with leading aerospace companies including Rolls-Royce, researchers in Computer Science have developed Signal Data Explorer, a 'search engine for signals', that enables data to be translated into useful intelligence. "In an aircraft engine, a signal you're interested in might be a bird strike or just a squeaky bearing," explains Professor Jim Austin. "You can search a database to find a similar event and see how someone else has fixed it."
Other major collaborators include Al Jazeera, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Microsoft, Nestlé, Unilever and the United Nations. Our specialist Research and Enterprise Office helps to find new opportunities for partnerships, encouraging close collaborations with commerce and industry regionally, nationally and around the world.
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