Edinburgh ranked 17th in the world

The latest international university rankings have confirmed Edinburgh’s position as a leading global institution.

The QS World Rankings 2013/14, announced on 10 September, have placed the University 17th in the world, a rise of four places compared to the previous year and Edinburgh’s highest-ever ranking.

The news comes as Edinburgh announced record levels of investment to help fund its pioneering work.

Figures just released show that the University was awarded £300 million in competitive research grants in 2012/13, 20% more than the £250 million it secured in 2011/12.

The news about our research funding figures, and our continued rise in the various world league tables, is very welcome and reflects the quality, hard work and dedication of our staff and students as well as the highly strategic support we receive from the Scottish Government. With such support, the University can go on producing world-leading research which has the potential to change people’s lives for the better.

Professor Sir Timothy O’SheaPrincipal, The University of Edinburgh

The investment in the University of Edinburgh - won in competition with other universities and research centres - supports work across a range of disciplines, including medicine, veterinary medicine, science, engineering, humanities and social sciences.

We are delighted to see the University of Edinburgh rise to 17th place in the QS World University Rankings. Scottish Government support in partnership with the university has allowed Edinburgh to become even more successful in levering further funding from other sources. The publication of the rankings today also reflects the exceptional commitment of staff and students at the University.

Michael Russell MSPCabinet Secretary for Education

Innovation to the fore

Research grant awards are made from a variety of UK, Scottish and international sources, including government, industry, commerce and charities.

In 2012/13, University of Edinburgh students and staff created a total of 35 new companies and concluded 50 commercial licence agreements to allow commercial use of technologies developed on campus.

This is the fourth consecutive year where the University has produced 35 or more new companies.