Newcastle University has been ranked one of the top universities in the world for Life Sciences and Computer Science.

The prestigious Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 league table includes 400 institutions across the globe and covers a variety of subjects from arts and humanities to agriculture and biology.

Newcastle is ranked 92nd in the world for Life Sciences and 98th for Computer Science. The university is also within the top 125 globally for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects.

Included within the Times Higher Education Life Sciences sector is medical subjects such as genetics, immunology and toxicology.

Professor David Burn, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, said: “I am delighted that the internationally excellent work of people in the Faculty of Medical Sciences has led to us being ranked 92nd in the 2018 Times Higher Education Life Sciences subject area.

“This top 100 position not only acknowledges our considerable strengths in many important areas, but also sends a powerful message out to prospective students globally, who will increasingly be attracted to our University by our reputation in Life Sciences.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 is the biggest international league table to date and is recognised as being one of the most prestigious.

Other subjects included within the Life Sciences sector are fisheries, forestry and biochemistry.

Professor Robert Edwards, Head of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, said: “As Head of the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, with its specialist degree programmes in agriculture, marine and terrestrial biology, I am delighted that Newcastle University’s strengths in the life sciences have been recognized in this way.”

The rankings is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across all of their core issues: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Newcastle University’s School of Computing Science recently relocated to Science Central – a £58m commitment to lead international research into urban innovation.

Professor John Fitzgerald, Head of the School of Computing, said: “The School of Computing at Newcastle University is one of the longest established in the UK.

“Over 60 years its staff and students have made major contributions to the digital world that we all inhabit today.

“We have helped to create the trustworthy and resilient digital networks, data and systems on which we all rely, and deliver cutting-edge advances in fields like games engineering, synthetic biology, neuroscience and human-computer interaction.

“Our placing in the world’s top 100 reflects the importance we place on developing people’s skills and undertaking research that has a positive impact on the quality of our lives, businesses and society.”

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