Huddersfield University is rubbing shoulders with the world’s great education institutions.
The university has just boosted its international reputation by being awarded a 4 Star rating by one of the world’s leading research organisations.
The result includes top scores of five stars in several major categories, including teaching standards, widening participation and support for disadvantaged students, the high standard of student facilities and the international feel of the community and the campus.
The QS Star rating system is the gateway to the increasingly influential ‘Top 500’ international rankings that are compiled and published by QS Stars, and the university is using the benchmarking system to identify how it can strengthen its provision and be recognised as a world leading university.
Universities such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge are part of the league table and have five stars.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof Peter Slee said: “Achieving a QS 4 star rating is one of the key performance indicators in our strategy. QS is a benchmarking system that allows us to measure ourselves against other global universities. The 4 star rating defines us as highly international, demonstrating excellence in both research and teaching with an excellent environment for students and faculty and the award of maximum scores – leading to five stars in the criteria of teaching, internationalisation, student facilities and access – means that Huddersfield is already ranked among the very best nationally and globally”.
The parent organisation, Quacquarelli Symonds – known as QS – was founded in 1990 and has established itself as a leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information.
When a university decides to submit itself to scrutiny by QS, it provides large amounts of data in a wide range of fields. Those described as ‘core criteria’ include aspects of teaching.
Huddersfield was given maximum marks for overall student satisfaction and for satisfaction with teaching. These findings contributed to a 5-star rating.
There were five stars too in the ‘Internationalisation’ criterion, with top marks for international research collaborations, for international diversity and for the proportion of international students on the campus.
Huddersfield University’s learning environment also scooped five stars with maximum scores for IT infrastructure, medical provision and for sporting facilities – boosted at the start of 2014 by the opening of a new £22.5m Student Central building.
Prof Slee said that Huddersfield’s impressive debut in the QS ratings was down to the hard work and professionalism of all staff across the university.
“I hope colleagues will feel very proud that their commitment to the highest standards of service has been recognised across the world,” he added.
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