University of Derby Covid-19 research leads to rise in Times Higher Education World Rankings

3 September 2021

The University of Derby has improved its position in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022.

Derby is now ranked between 601 - 800 in the 2022 rankings of worldwide universities included, up from 801 – 1000 last year. This rise has been linked to the Covid-19 focused research carried out by academics at the University over the last year.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, researchers at Derby have worked on a range of projects in response to Coronavirus, from recommendations to integrate sports and respiratory medicine in the aftermath of Covid-19 and studies into technology to improve outcomes in patients, to reports on whether face masks can reduce the transmission of Covid-19 and developing a series of nature connectedness resources to support people during the pandemic.

Speaking about the University’s climb up the rankings, Professor Kathryn Mitchell DL, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby, said: “During the pandemic, our researchers have continued to generate distinctive, world-leading, and impactful research as part of our ongoing commitment to becoming a more research-focused institution.

“I am delighted to see our rise in the THE World University Rankings, which reflects our commitment to delivering excellence in research at an international level which impacts upon our high quality teaching and learning.”

The THE World University Rankings include more than 1,600 universities across 99 countries and territories. The table is based on 13 performance indicators across four areas — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. 

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