Durham drops to 20th in research excellence rankings

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Durham University has dropped six places in this year’s research excellence framework (REF) results.

Overall, the rankings, which are formulated by Times Higher Education, show that UK universities are delivering world-leading research.

However, in these latest results, Durham placed behind the universities of York, Warwick and Sheffield, despite beating all three in the world earlier this year.

Times Higher Education claims that the quality of UK research has increased since the last REF results in 2008, with 22% of research judged to be of world-leading standard.

The Institute of Cancer Research maintained pole position on the after placing first in 2008.

Cambridge University also dropped in the rankings, falling from second to fifth, whilst Cardiff University climbed from joint 22nd to sixth.

The full table of results can be found here.

Photograph: Emma Werner

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