University focused after missing list

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An education chief has said Sheffield University will ‘not be blown off course’ after it failed to make a list of the top 100 world-wide universities.

The university slipped from the World Reputation Rankings, produced by the Times Higher Education magazine, in 2012 and has not appeared since.

The rankings rate universities according to their global reputation.

Leeds University also lost its place last year and Bristol University dropped out this time, shrinking the UK’s representation.

Prof Paul White, Sheffield University pro-vice-chancellor of learning and teaching, said: “We will not be blown off course by a shift in one ranking.

“It is vital that we remain focused on our core mission.

For this reason, some months ago we began 2022 Futures – which is a systematic approach to achieving our ambitions in five and 10 years’ time.

“It is particularly focused on how we remain a top university with internationally-regarded scholarship and research at our core.”

The global university rankings were first published in 2011.