Collegiate system contributes to Oxford's No. 1 ranking in the world

Thursday 22 September


Oxford University and Balliol badges (photo: Dr Alan Taylor, Balliol 1990)

Photograph by Dr Alan Taylor (Balliol 1990)

As one of the colleges of the University of Oxford, Balliol is proud that the University has been ranked No. 1 in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for 2016-2017. The table judges performance of 980 universities across 79 countries and it is the first time a British university has been top in the global table.

In an article on its website, the University attributes this success to its ‘all-round strength in contemporary research and teaching’ and says that ‘the University’s collegiate system lies at the heart of its success, giving students and academics the benefit of belonging both to a large, internationally renowned institution and to an intimate, interdisciplinary academic community’. It also mentions that the success ‘follows significant recent progress in the University’s drive to become ever-more accessible to the most talented students, regardless of background’.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford’s Vice-Chancellor, comments: ‘This wonderful news recognises the extraordinary talent and dedication of all who work and study at Oxford. We are delighted with this affirmation of our global success and will be working hard to maintain our position.’