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UK universities among top ranked places to study nursing

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Three UK universities have been ranked in the top 10 of the best places around the world to study nursing at degree level.

Since last year, UK nursing education providers have both improved their positions and their numbers in the global ranking of universities compiled by analysts from QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

“Our staff and students can be proud of this mark of recognition”

Ian Norman

Each university is given an overall score out of 100 based on indicators of academic reputation and employer reputation, which is then used to generate their place in the ranking.

The positions of the top two US universities – Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins – remain unchanged since 2016 in the QS World University Rankings for nursing.

However, since last year’s rankings, King’s College has moved up three places and Manchester has moved up four. Southampton has joined them in the top 10, having been at number 14 last year.

As well as the UK and the UK, universities from Australia and Canada make up the rest of the 2017 top 10 list for nursing.

Last year was the first time that nursing degree providers were included in the QS list of leading education providers around the globe.

In addition to nursing, universities can also be ranked across 45 other subjects.

Each university is also given an overall rating as an organisation, resulting in a top 100 list of places to study any subject – the accolade of “best university” is currently held by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Based on six performance indicators, the ranking assesses university performance across four areas – research, teaching, employability and global reach.

Since the QS World University Rankings were first developed in 2004, they have expanded to rank more than 900 universities in 2016-17, with over 3,800 assessed.

Top 10 world universities for nursing

  • 1. University of Pennsylvania
  • 2. Johns Hopkins University
  • 3. King’s College London
  • =4. University of Manchester
  • =4. University of Technology Sydney
  • =6. University of Toronto
  • =6. University of Washington
  • 8. University of California, San Francisco
  • 9. University of Sydney
  • 10. University of Southampton

When the QS nursing scores are broken down to UK level, Edinburgh, Ulster and Nottingham join the other three as the six best universities within the global top 50. A further five UK universities are ranked as being in the 100 for nursing.

Top UK universities for nursing

  • 3. Kings’ College London
  • 4. University of Manchester
  • 10. University of Southampton
  • 29. University of Edinburgh
  • 37. University of Ulster
  • 42. University of Nottingham
  • 51-100 Queen’s University Belfast
  • 51-100 University of Sheffield
  • 51-100 University of Glasgow
  • 51-100 University of Leeds
  • 51-100 University of Surrey

Professor Ian Norman, executive dean of the Florence Nightingale faculty of nursing and midwifery at King’s College London, said: “I am delighted that our contribution to education, research and service has been recognised by being ranked by QS as the top faculty in the UK for nursing for the second consecutive year, and among the top three faculties in the world.

“The work we do helps strengthen the nursing and midwifery professions and improve their cumulative impact on healthcare globally,” he said.

“Our staff and students can be proud of this mark of recognition, since this success is down to the collective efforts of our whole community,” he added.

Professor Dame Nicky Cullum, head of the division of nursing, midwifery and social work at Manchester University, said: “This world ranking for nursing at Manchester reflects our long history of excellence in teaching and research.

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UK universities among top ranked places to study nursing

Nicky Cullum

“Our staff are committed to providing a world-class student experience and helping our students be well prepared to provide excellent care when they qualify,” she said. ”We also know that our research has a real impact on health and health care.”

Professor Mandy Fader, dean of health sciences at Southampton University, said: “We are delighted that our commitment to excellence in nursing research and education is reflected in this latest World QS ranking.

“We believe that first class research is one of the key drivers to delivering care of the highest quality and ensuring that nursing continues to be a profession that attracts the brightest and the best,” she said.

Anne Baileff, the university’s associate dean of education and student experience for health sciences, added: “This result is a fantastic testimony to our talented and passionate nursing faculty and alumni, of whom we are incredibly proud.”

Antonia Villarruel, dean of the nursing school at the University of Pennsylvania, said: “The ranking from the QS survey affirms the quality of faculty, students, and staff available at the school of nursing and University of Pennsylvania who are available to prepare highly sought after practitioners and researchers.

“We are proud of the ranking, and even more proud of the impact we make every day in the lives of patients, families, and communities,” she told Nursing Times.

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