QS World University Rankings 2025: ready to help?


November 14th, 2023

Nottingham is in the top 100 of the 2024 QS World University Rankings – and for the 2025 rankings, colleagues across faculties and professional services departments are asked to again support the university’s strategic approach to strengthening our international reputation. 

Universities worldwide are assessed on criteria including academic reputation, employability and sustainability. Colleagues are being invited to identify, nominate and engage with academics from other institutions and employers, who will be put forward to complete a QS World University Rankings reputation surveys. 

The deadline for nominations is Monday 27 November 2023. 

Why is this important?

The QS World University Rankings are extremely significant for international student recruitment, particularly in markets such as China and the Middle East. Being placed as a top 100 world university (and 17th in the UK) is also significant for the university being eligible for international government-sponsored bursaries for students. 

The QS World University Rankings for 2024 was the largest ever, taking in 1,500 universities across 104 locations, and assessing the distribution and performance of 17.5 million academic papers and 41 million associated citations. The rankings also take in the expert opinions of more than 144,000 academic faculty and 98,000 employers around the world. 

Find out more on the QS World University Rankings hub page. You’ll find documents and resources, including a step by step guide, MS forms to use for nominating contacts, and a spreadsheet if a school or department wishes to collate nominations. 

Also look out for communications from your school or department asking for academic and employer contacts you may wish to nominate to take part in the QS surveys.  

Please note: the university’s global reputation team won’t email the contacts you have nominated – we believe a personal approach to your contacts works best. 

The survey is weighted towards international academic contacts, so please bear this in mind. For nominations for the employer survey, please suggest personal contacts with external organisations that have an affinity with the University of Nottingham. 

Taking part in the QS rankings return is entirely optional for schools and individuals – and the great response last year to the surveys was a key factor in the university’s return to the world top 100. 

Any questions? Please contact louisa.robb@nottingham.ac.uk. 

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