UCL Institute of Education retains world number one ranking

For the second year running the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) has been ranked as the world's number one university for education in the 2015 QS World University Rankings. The IOE has been placed well above the other top universities of Harvard, Stamford, Cambridge and Melbourne for the excellence of its academic provision.

Welcoming the announcement, Professor Chris Husbands, Director of the UCL Institute of Education, said:

"I am absolutely delighted that the IOE has been placed first in the world in the QS rankings for education for the second year running.  To have achieved the top spot last year was a fantastic achievement – to have maintained it this year is even better.  This is a testimony to the sheer range, quality and relevance of the work that the IOE does.  There has never been a time in the history of the world when education has mattered more to more people than it does today, and I am delighted that the IOE is leading work globally in education.  Through our teaching, our research and our outreach work we are building knowledge and changing lives."

The QS rankings annually review more than 2,000 universities worldwide and rank the top 400 institutions on a range of criteria, including research citations, academic and employer reputation, staff/student ratios and internationalisation.

The QS number one ranking further confirms the excellence of the work of the IOE.  In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 94% of the Institute's research was judged to be world class. In 2014 the IOE was awarded 'outstanding' by Ofsted for all its initial teacher training, across primary, secondary and further education, scoring top grades on every criteria and across every programme. The IOE was also rated as number one for student satisfaction by the Which? University Guide 2013 and awarded joint top place for student satisfaction in the 2013 National Student Survey.

Source: UCL Institue of Education