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UK universities named among top three for nursing in the world

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Two English universities have today been ranked among the top three in the world for nursing studies.

King’s College London has been placed second and the University of Manchester ranked third in the 2019 list of the best institutions for nursing education, which is compiled each year by the company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

“I am very proud of the collective efforts of our community”

Ian Norman

The pair of UK institutions were pipped to the top spot by the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League research university located in the US city of Philadelphia, which has been number one since 2016.

King’s College has leapt three places since last year, while Manchester has remained unmoved in third position of the esteemed QS World University Rankings by Subject for nursing.

They have both been in the top five since 2017 – the second year that the rankings were published by QS. 

Meanwhile, the University of Southampton was ranked fifth in the 2019 table.

Professor Ian Norman, executive dean of the Florence Nightingale faculty of nursing, midwifery and palliative care at King’s College London, said he was “delighted” with the results. 

“Through our commitment to world-class teaching and research our staff are making a positive difference to the lives of those in receipt of nursing, midwifery and palliative care services,” he said.

“A testament to the hard work and excellence of staff and students”

Professor Dame Nicky Cullum

“Our ranking in the QS is a real achievement and I am very proud of the collective efforts of our community,” he added.

Professor Dame Nicky Cullum, head of the division of nursing, midwifery and social work at the University of Manchester, said: “We are thrilled to have been ranked third in the world: a testament to the hard work and excellence of staff and students in the University of Manchester but importantly also our colleagues in the wider health and care system of Greater Manchester who create a brilliant environment for learning and research.” 

Antonia Villarruel, dean of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, said the team was “so proud” to be ranked number one once again. 

She added: “At Penn Nursing, our mission is to make a significant impact on health by advancing science, promoting equity, demonstrating practice excellence, and preparing leaders in the discipline of nursing.

”Our renowned faculty and exceptional students conduct innovative, collaborative, and impactful research and are immersed in state-of-the-science clinical, global, and community-based settings to advance learning and practice,” she added.

“All of these things are integral to us achieving our ultimate goal: to help people everywhere live their best lives,” she said.

University of Manchester

UK universities among top ranked places to study nursing

Nicky Cullum

The QS World University Rankings by Subject is an extensive overview of international higher education performance, with more than 1,200 universities from 78 locations included.

Faculties are assessed in four key areas: academic reputation, employer reputation, research impact and performance of scholars.

Top 10 in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject for nursing 

1. University of Pennsylvania, US

2. King’s College London, UK

3. The University of Manchester, UK

4. Johns Hopkins University, US

5. University of Southampton, UK

6. University of California, US

=7. University of Toronto, Canada 

=7. University of Washington, US

9. Yale University, US

10. University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Top 10 UK universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject for nursing

1. King’s College London (2)

2. The University of Manchester (3)

3. University of Southampton (5)

4. The University of Edinburgh (25)

5. University of Nottingham (27)

6. Ulster University (46)

7. Queen’s University Belfast (51-100)

8. The University of Sheffield (51-100)

9. University of Birmingham (51-100)

10. University of Dundee (51-100)

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