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University of the West of Scotland (UWS) has been named the top young higher education institution in Scotland in the prestigious THE World University Rankings 2020 league table.

The University retains its place with in the 101-150 division of the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

The rankings assess universities established less than 50 years ago. The league table is designed to showcase the impact which these institutions are having globally in terms of years rather than centuries. 

The 13 performance indicators are the same as the overall THE World University Rankings, with the weightings adjusted to put less emphasis on reputation. The qualifying institutions are assessed in their teaching, research, citations (research influence), international outlook and industry income.

UWS held its position of 101-150 despite 63 more universities being ranked in 2020. A total of 441 institutions were ranked this year, up from 351 in 2019.

The University’s overall score improved, as did scores for three out of the five measures used in the rankings – teaching, research and international outlook.

Professor Craig Mahoney, Principal and Vice-Chancellor at UWS, said: “It is fantastic to see recognition for UWS in the prestigious THE Young University Rankings.

“These league tables help identify the rising stars of higher education, and I am very proud to see UWS leading the way in Scotland, and ranking joint sixth in the UK.

I’d like to thank our staff and students for the central role they play in securing this recognition for the University. Our place in these internationally-recognised league tables is a direct result of their hard work, dedication and commitment, which has been particularly prominent over the last few months. I am immensely proud to be a part of UWS.
UWS’s Professor Craig Mahoney | Principal & Vice Chancellor | University of the West of Scotland Professor Craig Mahoney, UWS Principal