This post is by Barbara Lancho-Barrantes, Library Research Support Advisor specialising in bibliometrics

The University announced on Wednesday that Leeds has moved up two places to position 91 in the new QS World University Ranking 2021. See staff news for the full announcement.

This increase in our position is particularly noteworthy as nearly three quarters of UK institutions have slipped down the rankings.

The Library’s Bibliometrics service will shortly analyse the citation data behind the rankings to help understand the change and how we can perform even better in an increasingly competitive environment.

The QS World University Rankings is compiled using six simple metrics to capture university performance: Academic reputation (40%), Employer reputation (10%), Faculty/Student Ratio (20%), Citations per faculty (20%), International faculty ratio/International student ratio (5%). Compared with last year, the University of Leeds has seen improvements specifically in Academic reputation, Faculty student ratio and International faculty.